Big Second Half Run Lifts Women's Basketball Over Dartmouth 54-39
Dec. 29, 2012
HANOVER, N.H. - The Duquesne women's basketball team won its 10th straight game on Saturday night after defeating Dartmouth 54-39 in the opening round of the 2012 Big Sky Classic. With the victory, the Dukes (11-1) advance to the championship game to take on Delaware Sunday night at 7:00 p.m.
Nicola Zimmer led Dartmouth (1-10) with 11 points. Faziah Steen scored 10 and Tia Dawson grabbed 11 rebounds.
Duquesne, who trailed only 14 seconds the entire game, held the Big Green without a field goal from 17:50 of the first half until 9:50. By then, DU had built a 16-4 lead. A Floyd layup with 4:36 to play gave Duquesne its largest lead of the half, 13 points at 24-11. The Dukes would only get a foul shot from Jose-Ann Johnson the rest of the way as DC closed out the half on an 8-1 run to make the score 25-19 heading into halftime.
The Big Green chipped away at the Dukes' lead and midway through the second half tied the score 35-35 on Steen's pull-up jumper from the foul line. The Dukes would respond by scoring the next 14 points making the score 49-35, holding the Big Green scoreless until a Dawson layup at 3:10.
Duquesne and then #17/17 Delaware previously met on Nov. 14 - a 51-47 Dukes win - in the 2012 Preseason WNIT. This will be the first time since the 1985-86 season that DU has played a non-Atlantic 10 Conference opponent twice in one season. Duquesne played a home-and-home with Saint Francis.
Duquesne at Dartmouth