Coach Serio Gets 100th Career Win as Dukes Defeat Liberty 63-46
Nov. 9, 2012
PITTSBURGH - April Robinson and Belma Nurkic combined for 29 points and head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio recorded her 100th career win as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated Liberty 63-46 in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Dukes will advance to play at North Carolina on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
Liberty's Devon Brown had a game-high 19 points.
The Dukes, who led from beginning-to-end, took an early 10-4 lead after forcing four Flames turnovers in its first five possessions. A foul shot by Robinson gave DU its first double-digit lead of the game at 27-17 with 5:21 remaining until halftime. Nurkic would follow with an impressive left handed layup off a fast break. Duquesne's lead would get as high as 14 points before LU trimmed the deficit to 10 points, 32-22 at halftime.
By the midway point of the second half, the Dukes' lead would reach 20 points at 54-34. DU would lead by as many as 22 points twice - on Wumi Agunbiade's jumper with 5:04 to play and on a Floyd jumper with 3:17 left.
Brown's jumper closed out the scoring as time expired.
As a team, the Dukes shot 39.7 percent (19-of-64), but held Liberty to just 34.8 percent (16-of-46). The Flames, who led the NCAA in rebounding last season, held a 45-35 edge on the boards. Duquesne had 35 steals and 36 points off of turnovers.
"This was a great win tonight. Liberty is a very good, experienced, talented, rebounding team," said Coach Serio. "Our players did a lot of good things. We moved the ball well and we did a great job at reversing the basketball and attacking against their zone."
"We made good decisions. April managed the game well in her first college game. Belma did a great job and I'll continue to have confidence in her.
Robinson dished out a game-high seven assists and only has two turnovers in 28 minutes. Three of Nurkic's 3-pointers were from beyond-the-arc.
"Jose-Ann Johnson stepped huge for us tonight when Wumi picked up two quick files in the first half," Johnson scored a career-high six points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.
"Now we have to get ready for North Carolina," concluded coach Serio.
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