Women's Basketball Falls to North Dakota 86-80
Nov. 20, 2011
GRAND FORKS, N.D - The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered its first setback of the season after an 86-80 loss to North Dakota on Sunday afternoon.
The Dukes were led by Wumi Agunbiade who scored a team-high 20 points and Alex Gensler who added 19. Belma Nurkic and Carly Vendemiaalso scored in double-figures with 14 and 10 points respectively. Nurkic hit four three pointers and Vendemia recorded her first-ever double-figure scoring game.
The Fighting Sioux's Madi Buck scored a game-high 21 points. Buck was 5-for-5 from the floor and hit 10-of-11 from the foul line. Megan Lauck hit all three of her 3-point attempts and finished with 11. Three other UND players also scored in double-figures.
The game started off slow with the score tied at 7-7 at the first media timeout. The Dukes would only get two fields goals and seven points over the eight minutes as a pair of Buck foul shots gave the Fighting Sioux a 15-point lead at 29-14 at the 8:32 mark of the first half.
The closest Duquesne would get in the half is nine points - twice - the last on a Vanessa Abeljumper at the 4:54 mark to make the score 33-24 in favor of North Dakota.
However, UND answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Lauck to take another 15-point with 3:47 remaining in the first half to make the score 39-24.
DU was able to cut the lead to 10 points three times, but UND would always counter. A Buck foul shot with 14 seconds left closed the first half scoring with North Dakota taking a 44-32 lead into halftime.
The Fighting Sioux made 13-of-19 shots including 4-of-5 3-pointers for 68.4 percent from the floor in the opening half. The Dukes only hit 11-of-33 shots (33.3%) and were 5-of-18 from 3-point range.
A Carly Rothfusz layup gave North Dakota its largest lead of the game at 16 points, making the score 50-34 with 17:53 to play in regulation.
The Dukes were able to make the deficit single-digits when Nurkic drained her third 3-pointer of the game at the 8:56 mark to make the score 62-54. Duquesne got as close as three points after a 12-5 run capped by a Nurkic's 3-pointer from the left side made the score 69-66 with 4:27 to play.
A Vendemia jumper made it a two-possession game with 48 seconds remaining and UND leading 79-74. Buck would be fouled on the ensuing possession and convert both foul shots. Gensler responded with a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to go making it a four point game at 81-77. North Dakota would score the next three points before Gensler hit another 3-pointer with four seconds to play making the score 84-80. The Fighting Sioux were able to inbound the pass and Buck was fouled to stop the clock with one second to play. She made both foul shots to end the game with North Dakota winning 86-80.
"North Dakota played very good today, I give them a lot of credit," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "They created a lot of opportunities offensively and they were sharp defensively. However, we put them on the line way too much" added Coach Serio
UND was 28-for-34 from the line for 82.4 percent.
"Every time we made a run, they made a play. We tried to be more disruptive on the defensive end," said Coach Serio.
Duquesne scored 22 points off turnovers.
"We extended a lot of energy to come back," concluded Coach Serio.
The Dukes remain in North Dakota and will play North Dakota on Tuesday evening. Tipoff will be at 7:00 p.m.