#DuqWBB Falls to #5/6 Notre Dame in Toronto 100-61
Dec. 1, 2013
TORONTO - Playing on a neutral court at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, the Duquesne women's basketball team fell to #5/6 Notre Dame 100-61 on Sunday afternoon. The game featured five players who hail from Canada - Duquesne's Wumi Agunbiade, Jose-Ann Johnson, Oditte Odisho and Brianna Thomas and Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa.
The "Wo Show" combined for 43 points, Agunbiade scored a game-high 23 and Orsi Szecsi added 20, for the Dukes who fall to 5-3 on the season.
Kayla McBride scored 22 for the undefeated Fighting Irish (6-0). Reigning Big East Rookie of the Year Jewell Loyd scored 16 and Michela Mabrey 12 off the bench. Achonwa recorded her 21st career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Dukes missed their first eight shots and by the first media timeout, Notre Dame had built a 12-point lead at 14-2. Agunbiade had 14 of the Dukes' 22 first half points as the Fighting Irish went into halftime leading by 25.
Notre Dame opened the second half with a 21-6 run to stretch its lead to 40 points at 68-28 with 13:27 remaining. UND's would see a lead as large as 45 points at 73-28 and 75-30. Kyasia Duling's foul shot closed out the scoring with UND taking home the 100-61 victory.
"It's very obvious to see that (Notre Dame) is just so physical with you. I was hoping to keep the rebound totals close because they do rebound the ball so exceptionally well," said head coach Dan Burt.
Notre Dame grabbed 43 boards to Duquesne's 29.
"When we scheduled this game over two years ago, we wanted to challenge our program and see where our program was," Burt said. "I'm disappointed in our showing today, but I still believe we have a very good basketball team."
Johnson finished with five points. Odisho and Thomas were scratched due to injuries.
The Dukes return home to the States and the A.J. Palumbo Center for a Thursday night matchup against Providence. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.
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