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#DuqWBB Defeats Buffalo 78-55 on Education Day

 

 

Nov. 20, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Raegan Moore scored a game-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Belma Nurkic scored 14 off the bench and added six assists in the Duquesne women's basketball team's 78-55 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon. The game, which started a 11:00 a.m., was the Dukes' 3rd Annual Education Day. With the win, Duquesne improves to 3-2 on the season.

Buffalo's Kristen Sharkey had a team-high 16 points for the Bulls (2-2).

The Dukes, who led for all but 1:45 of the entire game, opened up a 15-5 lead at the 14:25 mark of the 1st half after an Orsi Szecsi layup. UB's Mackenzie Loesing's layup cut the deficit to five points at 21-16 midway through the half, but Duquesne's defense would hold the Bulls to just one field goal for the rest of the half. By then the Dukes had built a 14-point lead at 37-23 going into halftime.

Duquesne came out of the gates in the second half with back-to-back baskets from Wumi Agunbiade and Moore, which built the lead to 18 points and forced a Buffalo timeout. Moore's fourth 3-pointer of the game broke the half-century mark for the Dukes at 52-37 at the 11:16 mark and her fifth 3-pointer gave Duquesne a 20-point lead at 66-46 with 5:28 left. The Dukes' would establish a lead as high as 24 points twice - at 3:59 on a Moore layup and with 31 seconds on an Amadea Szamosi layup.

"Our assistant coach Eddie Benton had us completely prepared for everything that they ran. I am very pleased with the scout," said head coach Dan Burt. "Raegan Moore has another terrific game for us and it was good to see Belma Nurkic shoot the ball well for us."

Moore was 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-9 from beyond-the-arc. Nurkic was 6-of-12 which included a pair of 3-pointers.

"The assist-to-turnover ratio was excellent today. It was definitely a positive for us. Raegan and April Robinson did a great job at protecting the ball."

The two guards had five assists apiece and only one turnover. Duquesne forced 21 Buffalo turnovers which resulted in 27 points.

"We're going to take a day off, then we have three big games ahead of us," added Burt.

The Dukes play the next three games away from Palumbo - Nov. 24 at Morehead State, Nov. 26 at Miami University and Dec. 1 vs. Notre Dame in Toronto.


GAME NOTES

  • As a team, the Dukes shot a season-high 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the foul line

  • With her team-high eight rebounds, Agunbiade surpassed the 700 mark for her career - she is currently 10th all-time with 705

  • Duquesne has won four straight games over UB by an average of 26.8 points

  • Duquesne has won 14 of its last 17 games against MAC Conference teams

  • The Dukes has a season-low 14 turnovers

  • Buffalo made only 33.9 percent (20-of-50) of its shots, which was the Dukes' best effort defending this season

  • The Dukes are now 3-0 on Education Day

  • The schools that helped make the day possible are St. Stephen's Lutheran Academy Charleroi Middle School, Pittsburgh Sunnyside, South Side Middle School, Pittsburgh Minadeo, Westwood School, Woodland Hills Academy, Carmalt, Pittsburgh Arsenal and the YMCA Day Care center


    Buffalo at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    GMU Buffalo (2-2)
    23
    32
    55
    GMU Duquesne (3-2)
    37
    41
    78

     

     

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