Women's Basketball Crushes Mount St. Mary's in Home Opener, 88-63

Nov. 18, 2009


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PITTSBURGH - Sophomore Alex Gensler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) scored a career-high 21 points including six 3-pointers in Duquesne's 88-63 home opener victory over Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday night.

Kelly Britcher scored 14 points while Rachel Frederick and Keri Pryor both added 13 points for the Dukes who improved to 3-0 on the season.

Mary Dunn had a team-high 13 points for the Mountaineers who fell to 1-1.

"After being on the road for the first two games, it felt real good to be at home tonight," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "Alex, Rachel and Kelly really extended the defense tonight."

DU started the game by hitting their first four shots to jump out to an early 12-6 lead.

A Dunn jumper at the 11:24 mark got MSM within two points at 18-16, but Gensler answered with her third 3-pointer of the half that sparked a 20-7 run to give Duquesne a 38-23 advantage at the 4:04 mark.

A Jocelyn Floyd layup with seven seconds remaining closed out the first half scoring, giving the Dukes 45-28 lead at halftime.

For the third straight game, DU shot above 50 percent in the first half, converting 16-of-30 shots for 53 percent. Duquesne made 6-of-9 from beyond the arc for 67 percent in the opening half.

Mount St. Mary's would only get within 12 points of the lead in the second half, but the Dukes used an 18-5 run to take a 25-point lead with 8:36 left.

A Vanessa Abel foul shot closed out the scoring giving Duquesne the 88-63 victory and a 3-0 start.

Diana Voynova recorded a game-high with seven rebounds. "Diana came off the bench and gave us great minutes off the bench," added McConnell-Serio. "I couldn't be more pleased with her performance so far."

Duquesne hits the road for the third time in four games when they play Penn at the historic Palestra on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is a 3:30 p.m.

  • This is the third straight game Gensler has eclipsed her personal-best - she scored 15 at Cornell, 20 at Niagara before scoring 21 tonight

  • Gensler's six 3-pointers was also a career-best, her pervious was four in her first career start against Brown last season

  • The six 3-pointers also tied a team Palumbo Center record, last accomplished by Candace Futrell in 2004

  • The Dukes assisted on 24 of the 30 field goals, led by Jaclyn Babe with seven

  • Duquesne committed a season-low 14 turnovers

    Duquesne vs. Mount St. Mary's

    Duquesne (3-0)
    Mount St. Mary's (1-1)




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