Women's Basketball Holds Off Akron 77-70

Dec. 14, 2011

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PITTSBURGH - Orsi Szecsi tied a career-high with 23 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team won its sixth straight game to improve to 8-1 after a 77-70 victory over Akron on Wednesday night.

Alex Gensler scored 13, Wumi Agunbiade 12 and Carly Vendemia added 10 off the bench for the Dukes.

Ti'eshia Stubbs had a team-high 14 points for the Zips (5-5).

Down 12-4 early in the first half, Ahjah Hall would score six straight points for Duquesne and Vendemia would add a pair of foul shots to tie the score at 12-12 at the 13:39 mark.

The half would see three ties and five lead changes as a Jocelyn Floyd jumper put the Dukes up 29-28 with 4:28 left. Duquesne would take a seven point lead into halftime (37-30) after Floyd's layup with seven seconds to go.

Hall's layup early in the second half gave DU its first double-digit lead of the game, 11 points at 41-30. Duquesne would see its largest lead of the game at 17 points twice - first on Gensler jumper at 12:01 to make the score 55-38 followed by a 3-pointer by Szecsi at 10:34 making the score 58-41.

Akron would respond with a 10-1 run over the next 1:50, cutting the deficit to eight points at 59-51. With 3:24 remaining, the Zips were down by one basket at 67-65.

Agunbiade was fouled on the next possession and converted both foul shots. Szecsi would make a steal and pull up for a 3-pointer to make the score 72-65 with 2:24 left. Akron would get within five points three times - the last with 21 seconds to play. Gensler was able to spin the clock and avoid getting fouled until 11 seconds remained. She drained both foul shots to ice the game at 77-70.

Up next for the Dukes is West Virginia (7-2) on Saturday afternoon. Tickets, drinks and hotdogs for the 2:00 p.m. contest are just $1.

Akron at Duquesne

Akron (5-5)
Duquesne (8-1)


  • Szecsi, who was 4-of-5 from 3-point range, came into tonight's game 2-of-16 from beyond-the-arc for the season

  • Szecsi's four 3-pointers was a career -best

  • Jocelyn Floyd finished the game tying a season-high with nine rebounds

  • Gensler set a career-high with nine foul shots made

  • Duquesne is off to its best home start (6-0) since it began the 1998-99 seaason 7-0 at Palumbo



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