Szamosi, Lass Lead @DuqWBB Past Buffalo 79-62
Dec. 6, 2015
Amadea Szamosi and Kadri-Ann Lass combined for 40 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York 79-62 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, head coach Dan Burt recorded his 50th career win.
Szamosi recorded a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Lass, the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week, finished with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in just 21 minutes. Chassidy Omogrosso added 12 points and April Robinson eight assists for Duquesne, who improved to 7-1 on the season.
The Bulls (6-2) were left by Gabi Bade who scored 16 points. The Bulls' Stephanie Reid and Katherine Ups added 14 and 10 points respectively.
The Dukes scored on their first three trips up the floor, making five of their first six shots to take a five point lead heading into the 1st quarter media timeout, 11-6. Szamosi gave Duquesne a seven point lead immediately after the stoppage before UB went on a 14-7 run to end the quarter, tying the game at 20-20.
Buffalo scored the first eight points of the 2nd quarter to take a 28-20 lead before a Szamosi layup stopped the run at the 7:05 mark. The UB lead would reach nine points at 37-28 on Brittany Morrison's layup with 1:47 remaining. A Gronas 3-pointer sandwiched between free throws by Szamosi closed out the scoring with the Dukes trailing 37-33 going into halftime.
Duquesne opened the 3rd quarter on an 18-5 run, making eight of their first 12 shots -- including a pair of 3-pointers by Omogrosso - to take a 51-42 lead, forcing a Bulls timeout at the midway point. Szamosi's and-1 with 3:14 left gave Duquesne a double-digit lead at 56-45. The Dukes took a 15-point lead, 62-47, into the beginning of the 4th quarter.
The Dukes' lead reached 20 points with 2:40 remaining on a Emilie Gronas jumper and got as high as 22 points twice -- first with 1:50 left in the game after Robinson hit a pair of free throws and again nine seconds later after two Omogrosso free throws made the score 76-54.
"I am very happy with our resilience in the first half when April and Kadri only played 6 minutes because of fouls," said head coach Dan Burt. Brianna Thomas gave us valuable "glue" minutes at the four spot."
Robinson had two fouls with 3:14 left in the 1st quarter and Lass picked up her second foul at the 3:53 mark of the quarter.
"I have to highlight the play of our posts. They were outstanding tonight. Kadri and Amadea made tough shot after tough shot. We don't win without them tonight.
Duquesne scored 38 points in the paint and had 16 second chance points.
"Chassidy Omogrosso also gave a scoring punch that helped us when April was out of the game."
Omogrosso had a pair of 3-pointers and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
"We have now beaten two MAC teams who were a combined 10-3 by 18 or more points while on the road. We have been on the road for the last 17 of 26 days. We went 7-1 in that stretch. We cannot ask for much more."
Duquesne has won seven consecutive games against the Mid-American Conference and is 28-17 all-time against MAC teams. The Dukes average a 15.3 margin of victory in their five road and neutral wins this season.
"The best thing about this game was that the locker room after the game was dead silent. The players clearly understand our expectations and they were not happy with this victory. That is the mark of a quality program. To get win number 50 so early in our third season as a coaching staff is a clear testament to the hard work, drive and intelligence that Eddie Benton, Rachel Wojdowski and Matt Schmidt possess."
The Dukes return home for a Wednesday evening matchup against Maryland Eastern Shore (2-5). Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.