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Agunbiade Leads Women's Basketball Over Robert Morris 66-63
Wumi Agunbiade led all scorers with 25 points in DU 66-63 win over RMU
 
Wumi Agunbiade led all scorers with 25 points in DU 66-63 win over RMU
 

Dec. 31, 2011

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PITTSBURGH - Wumi Agunbiade led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated cross-town rival Robert Morris (8-4) 66-63 on Saturday afternoon.

Agunbiade added a team-high 10 rebounds for her ninth career double-double.

Vanessa Abel scored 11 points and Alex Gensler 10 for the Dukes who improve to 12-2 on the season heading into their non-conference finale on Tuesday. Carly Vendemia added 11 off the bench.

Four Robert Morris players scored in double figures led by Artemis Spanou who had 18 points. Spanou also grabbed a game-best 14 rebounds.

RMU scored the first eight points of the game and held on to a 14-6 lead at the 14:34 mark of the first half.

A jumper from Agunbiade started a 21-5 run over the next six minutes to give DU its largest lead of the game - eight points - at 27-19. Robert Morris would answer with an 8-1 run to get within one point with 4:03 to play.

The Dukes would hold onto the lead and take a 36-32 advantage into halftime.

Gensler opened the second half scoring with a 3 pointer to put the Dukes up by seven points at 39-32, but RMU would slowly climb back into the game as a Mary Durojaye hook from tied the game at 50-50 midway through the half. The Colonials would take the lead after Durojaye was fouled and converted 1-of-2 from the line.

The Robert Morris lead would be short-lived as Agunbiade was fouled after making a layup. The "and-1" was good and Duquesne would not rescind the lead the rest of the game.

With the Dukes up six points at the 1:56 mark, Spanou hit a 3-pointer to make the score 62-59. Abel was fouled on the next possession, but only made the back half of the 1-and-1. Durojaye would follow with a layup with 42 seconds left to get within two points at 63-61.

Abel was fouled with 30.2 seconds left and hit both free throws, making the score 65-61. On the next play, Jocelyn Floyd stripped Briannica Tye resulting in a foul. Abel hit 1-of-2 to put the Dukes up 66-61. Spanou's layup made it a one possession game with 13 seconds left. A DU turnover gave RMU a chance to tie the game with eight seconds remaining, but Floyd stripped Romane Dessacs and the ball was recovered by Gensler giving Duquesne the 66-63 victory.

"Robert Morris is a very good team, they play hard and they have many weapons," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.

"We emphasized playing through Wumi, she had an incredible game today," added Coach Serio.

Agunbiade's 77 percent from the floor was the second-best shooting percentage of the season next to her 80 percent at North Dakota State.

Up next for the Dukes is defending Colonial Athletic Association champion James Madison on Jan. 3rd. Tipoff in Harrisonburg, Va. will be at 7:00 p.m.


Robert Morris at Duquesne

Team
1
2
F
Robet Morris (8-4)
32
31
63
Duquesne (12-2)
36
30
66
GAME NOTES

  • Today's win marks the first time since the 1995-96 season Duquesne has beaten Pitt, Robert Morris and West Virginia in the same season

  • This is the first time since the 1998-99 season Duquesne has gone undefeated at home in non-conference play

  • Gensler surpassed the 1,200 career point mark

  • The Dukes finish the month of December 8-1
     

     

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