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Women's Basketball Defeats Pitt in The City Game 70-61

 

 

Dec. 8, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Belma Nurkic scored a game-high 18 points - including five 3-pointers - and Wumi Agunbiade added 15 as the Duquesne women's basketball won its seventh straight game to improve to 8-1 after defeating the University of Pittsburgh 70-61 in the annual City Game on Saturday afternoon.

Orsi Szecsi and April Robinson each scored 13 and Jocelyn Floyd recorded a game-high 11 rebounds in the win - the fourth straight over the Panthers. Vanessa Abel, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA late Friday, played six minutes and has one rebound.

Pitt's Asia Logan recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Brianna Kiesel scored 17 for the Panthers who fall to 6-3 on the year.

Pitt came out of the gates by scoring the first eight points of the game and by the 17:10 mark of the first half had taken an 11-2 lead. Duquesne would counter with a 13-2 run to take a 15-13 lead after Ahjah Hall's jumper at 13:28. Robinson's 3-pointer at 7:18 made the score 28-20, giving the Dukes its largest lead of the half at eight points. A pair of Logan foul shots closed out the first half scoring as the Panthers cut the deficit to three points at 35-32.

The second half remained a 2-possession contest until a layup by Orsi Szecsi with 11:16 remaining made the score 47-40. Hall's layup at 7:39 put the Dukes up by nine points before a pair of Logan jumpers and an "old fashioned" 3-point play by Kiesel cut the lead to two points at 54-52 with 6:22 left. But this is as close as Pitt would come to tying as a big 3-pointer by Robinson as the shot clock expired with 2:31 remaining put DU up eight points at 63-55. The Dukes held the Panthers without a field goal the rest of the game.

"Our players came out from the start ready to play, there was a focus both defensively and offensively - we knew Pitt was going to come in here with a lot of energy and emotion because of the rivalry," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.

"Everybody made plays, Wumi on the inside, Belma on the perimeter, Ahjah had great takes to the basket, Jocelyn made plays, Orsi hit a couple of big shots and made stops. It was just a great team effort the entire game. I'm very proud the way we executed down the stretch," added Coach Serio.

As a team, Duquesne had a season-best 19 assists (six from both Robinson and Floyd) and tied its season-high with seven blocks (Agunbiade led with three).

Up next for the Dukes is James Madison on Dec. 16th. JMU (3-5) was the 2012 Post-season WNIT Runner-up. Tipoff time is at 2:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • The senior class of Floyd, Hall, Abel and Carly Vendemia become only the third senior class to record four wins over Pitt

  • Agunbiade now has 946 career points

  • Nurkic tied her career-high with five 3-pointers (at Ohio 11/25/12)

  • This is the second straight season Duquesne has started 8-1, last season DU opened up 10-1

  • The Dukes' seven-game winning streak ties the second longest in program history - last season DU won eight in a row

  • Coach Serio improves to 4-2 all-time over Pitt


    Pittsburgh at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    Pittsburgh (6-3)
    32
    29
    61
    Duquesne (8-1)
    35
    35
    70

     

     

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