Second Half Rally Comes Up Short as #DuqWBB Falls to West Virginia 88-80
Dec. 21, 2013
PITTSBURGH - After trailing by as many as 26 points in the 2nd half, the Duquesne women's basketball team had a late run that came up short in a 88-80 loss to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the Palumbo Center.
Playing in her first career game with the Dukes, Olivia Bresnahan scored a career-high 19 points and April Robinson also scored a career-high with 20 points for Duquesne who fell to 8-4 on the season. Wumi Agunbiade added 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Raegan Moore scored 11.
WVU was led by Asia Bussie, who recorded a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Averee Fields scored 15 and Taylor Palmer 11 off the bench for the Mountaineers who improve to 10-1.
A Robinson 3-pointer 45 seconds into the contest gave the Dukes a 3-2 advantage - their only lead of the game. West Virginia would score the next six points and hold the lead the rest of the way. A pair of Linda Stepney foul shots made the score 31-21, giving West Virginia its largest of the half with 3:46 remaining. On the next possession, Duquesne scored the rare five-point play - Bresnahan made a 3-pointer and while the ball was in flight, Stepney fouled Stasia King. The Dukes were in the double-bonus and King made both foul shots to close the gap to five points at 31-26. King's fourth foul shot of the half closed out the scoring with WVU leading 38-30 going into halftime.
The Mountaineers opened up the 2nd half by scoring eight straight points to take a 16-point lead at 46-30. Crystal Leary's layup increased the WVU lead to 21 points at 54-33. The lead got as high as 26 points at 59-33 for WVU on a Bussey layup with 14:11 remaining. A jumper by Agunbiade capped a 14-4 run over the next six minutes to make the score 63-47 with 8:25 left.
Moore's 3-pointer at the 3:39 mark made the score 72-63 and cut West Virginia's lead into single digits. Duquesne would get as close as four points to tying the game when Bresnahan's 3-pointer with nine seconds made the score 84-80. However, the Mountaineers would make four straight foul shots and forced a Dukes turnover to end the game.
"We certainly put up a valiant effort in the last 10 minutes of the game," said head coach Dan Burt. "But we did not answer as quick as we need to coming out in the 2nd half. And you can't get down to a team of West Virginia's caliber - player-wise and coaching-wise and expect to come back."
"I was happy with our guard play - Raegan, Liv and April - especially in the last 10 minutes."
The trio combined for 50 points - 62.5 percent of the Dukes points this afternoon.
"I'm disappointed that we did not respond sooner in the 2nd half and that we came out flat on the second half."
The Dukes missed nine of their first 10 shots to start the 2nd half.
"The effort we had in the last 10 minutes has to be the same effort we have for 35-40 minutes," concluded Coach Burt.
The Dukes are off for eight days and will conclude the non-conference schedule on Dec. 29th at the Petersen Events Center against Pitt.
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