Women's Basketball Defeats Canisius 59-35
Dec. 4, 2010
BUFFALO - Wumi Agunbiade and Samantha Pollino each recorded double-doubles as the Duquesne women's basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season after its 59-35 victory over Canisius on Saturday afternoon.
Pollino had a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds and Agunbiade added 11 points and a game-best 11 boards. Alex Gensler scored 14 points for DU who extended its winning streak to four games.
Duquesne, who led from beginning-to-end, jumped out to an early 10 point lead at 14-4 on an Agunbiade put back at 14:04 of the first half.
Canisius would slowly chip away at the lead and a Whitney Ellenor layup brought the Golden Griffins within three points at 26-23 with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
A Gensler layup with 32 seconds capped the first half scoring as the Dukes took a 28-23 lead into halftime.
DU came out of the gates in the second half on an 11-0 run, fueled by seven straight points by Pollino, to build a 16 point advantage at 39-23 at the first media timeout.
The Duquesne defense held CC scoreless until the 15:59 mark of the half when Micayla Dryadale hit a 3-pointer.
Canisius' Jen Moribito hit a 3-pointer with 14:14 left, which would be the last basket for the Griffs until there was 7:49 left to play. By then, the Dukes had a 20 point lead at 31-51.
Jaime Ruttle closed out the scoring with a layup with 1:28 to play.
"We needed to create our offense off of our defense after halftime," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We did a better job of that in the second half."
Of Duquesne's 31 points in the second half, 18 were off turnovers.
"Alex Gensler's steal to start off the half really set the tone," added McConnell-Serio.
The Dukes will remain on the road and will take on the University of Buffalo on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.
Duquesne at Canisius