Canadian Homecoming
The sold out crowd saw Duquesne and UConn play on Friday night
Dec. 22, 2017

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TORONTO - In a Canadian homecoming for a pair of Duquesne players in Anie-Pier Samson and Halle Bovell, the Dukes fell to #1 UConn 104-52 in a neutral site game played at the Mattamy Centre.

Chassidy Omogrosso scored 15 points and Libby Bazelak had 14 for Duquesne (10-3), whose eight game winning streak comes to an end.

UConn's Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a game-high 33 points and Ontario native Kia Nurse added 24 for the unbeaten Huskies (10-0)

The Huskies opened the game with a 3-pointer by Samuelson and never looked back. UConn went up by 10 points at 15-5 midway through the 1st quarter and held a 25-9 advantage after the first 10 minutes.

The Dukes did not get their first field goal in the 2nd quarter until Bazelak's layup at 6:11 made the score 34-14. UConn took a 42-22 lead into the half.

Connecticut would continue to stretch their lead, going ahead by 41 at the end of the 3rd quarter eventually 52 at the buzzer.

"We lost to the best program in the history of basketball - regardless of gender or league," said head coach Dan Burt. "On offense, they are work of art in transition. They switch everything on D and their length and quickness doesn't allow you any margin of error."

UConn finished shooting 58 percent and made 52 percent of their 3-pointers.

"What do we get out of a game like this? Our women get to see the intensity, discipline and effort that you must play with every moment to beat what is the greatest basketball program of all time. For us, I would schedule this game every year if possible. If we are going to make a jump to being a consistent top 40 program, we just play the very best," added Burt.

After Christmas, the Dukes will open Atlantic 10 Conference play by hosting UMass on New Year's Eve at the Palumbo Center.


  • Bazelak's 14 points was a new career-high

  • Omogrosso lead all players with seven assists

  • The Dukes' bench outscored the Huskies' bench 26-17

  • Samson finished 1-for-1 from the field in seven minutes



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