Women's Basketball Falls to Cincinnati in Overtime 90-82
Nov. 19, 2007
CINCINNATI - Keri Pryor had a career-high and game-best 28 points, but Cincinnati needed overtime to get past the Dukes 90-72 Monday night.
Kahla Roudebush, one of five UC's scorers in double-digits, led the Bearcats with 19 points.
DU trailed the entire first half, with UC getting a lead as large as 11 points (25-14) at the 9:05 mark. The Dukes chipped away at the lead over the next 3:54 as Pryor connected on a 3-pointer and two foul shots and a Little 3-pointer followed by a fast break layup cut the Bearcats lead to 25-24.
Cincinnati's responded to the Dukes run as Natasha Graboski's put back at the buzzer capped a 10-4 UC run to give the Bearcats a 35-28 halftime lead.
A Little 3-pointer at the 12:38 mark gave Duquesne their first lead of the game 50-48, but it was short-lasting as Cincinnati quickly regained the lead, 52-50 behind a pair of Angel Morgan jumpers.
UC built a lead as high as 10 points, 74-64 with 3:14 left in regulation. The Dukes were dealt a blow with 1:24 remaining, Little fouled out of the contest. Once again, DU responded and came from behind as Pryor 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining in the second half tied the game at 77-77.
Cincinnati called a timeout with 12.0 seconds remaining to set up a final play, but the Dukes defense swarmed to Graboski, as her shot at the buzzer rolled off the rim sending the game into overtime.
UC scored the first five points of the extra period to take a 82-77 lead. Pryor came back with a 3-pointer followed by a layup to tie the contest at 82-82 with 3:02 remaining. Unfortunately, this would be the final basket for DU as the Bearcats went on to score the final eight points of the game, taking the victory 90-82.
"We fought hard and never quit," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "I challenged them at the 3:04 mark when we were down 10 points and they responded."
The Dukes' next game will be their home opener Wednesday against Robert Morris. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m.
This was the second game in a row where Duquesne played a school from a "power conference". The Dukes were at Clemson (ACC) Nov. 14.
Samantha Pollino's 14 points was one shy of tying her career-best
This was the first overtime game for the Dukes since 12/30/05, an 82-79 win at Ohio University