Dan Burt Era Begins With 84-69 Victory Over Cal Poly
Nov. 8, 2013
CHICAGO - The Dan Burt era opened on Friday night with the Duquesne women's basketball team defeating the defending Big West Conference champions Cal Poly 84-69 in the first game of the 2013 Maggie Dixon Classic. The event, hosted by DePaul University, was played at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
"This was a quality win against a proven post-season team," said Burt. "To come away with a win over a great opponent like Cal Poly, who has been in the NCAA Tournament, makes me feel very good. Multiple players stepped up and made key contributions."
The Dukes (1-0) were led by Wumi Agunbiade and Raegan Moore, who combined for 39 points (20 and 19 respectively). Belma Nurkic added 12 off the bench and April Robinson scored 11. Agunbiade led Duquesne with nine rebounds and Moore with four assists. Jose-Ann Johnson recorded three blocks. As a team, the Dukes shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) and were 50 percent from 3-point range (6-of-12).
Cal Poly (0-1) was led by Ariana Elegado who scored 20. Jonae Ervin added 19. Although reigning Big West Player of the Year Molly Schlemer pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds, the Duquesne defense held her to just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting.
The game started out slow, with the teams combining for 5-of-19 shooting and 14 turnovers before Robinson's 3-pointer gave the Dukes a 9-8 lead just before the 12-minute media timeout. The Dukes would continue to add on to their lead, reaching an advantage as high as nine points at 25-16 capped by a 10-2 run with 5:05 remaining in the half. However, CP would hold the Dukes to just one field goal the rest of the half - a 3-pointer by Szecsi - to cut the deficit to 29-26 going into halftime.
Moore opened up the second half scoring with a fade-away jumper, but the Mustangs would score the next six points to take a brief 32-31 lead. It was short-lived (16 seconds) as the Dukes responded with a 7-0 run in the next 62 seconds to go up 38-32.
Cal Poly tied the game at 48-48 after Ervin's jumper at the 11:48 mark of the half, but could not get the lead. Agunbiade's jumper followed by a CP turnover that led to Robinson's second 3-pointer of the contest gave Duquesne a 53-48 lead. The Dukes would go on to score three of the next four baskets - including a 3-pointer from Agunbiade - to take a 61-51 lead with 8:34 remaining.
With the Dukes up 74-69, Johnson knocked down both ends of the 1-and-1 to put Duquesne up by seven points with 1:11 to play. On the next possession, Orsi Szecsi stole the ball from CP's Kristen Ale which led to Nurkic getting fouled. She hit both ends of the 1-and-1. Johnson blocked Ervin's layup on the next play down. The transition led to a Nurkic driving layup with 46 seconds, putting Duquesne up 80-69. The Dukes would close out the contest by making their final four foul shots.
"For the first game of the season against a proven opponent, I am very happy with this victory," added Burt.
Duquesne will play in the championship game tomorrow evening against DePaul winner. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.(ET)
Cal Poly vs. Duquesne