Dec. 31, 2017
Catch the Duquesne Women's Basketball Press Conference live. The Dukes opened A-10 play with a 60-57 victory over UMass.
PITTSBURGH - Julijana Vojinovic's jumper with 2:14 remaining capped a 10-0 run and put the Dukes ahead for good in a 60-57 comeback victory on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, head coach Dan Burt had won his 100th career game for the Dukes (11-3, 1-0 A-10).
Chassidy Omogrosso tied her career-high with 25 points. Vojinovic added 15 points off the bench. Paige Cannon pulled down a team-high nine rebounds along with a career-high six blocks. Kadri-Ann Lass was one block shy of tying her career-high with seven. Libby Bazelak, making her first career start, dished out a career-high seven assists.
As a team, the Dukes set a program record with 16 blocks.
UMass (8-6, 0-1 A-10) was led my Maggie Mulligan, who set a Palumbo Center record 22 rebounds along with 14 points.
The 1st quarter was tight, with three lead changes and was a two-possession contest throughout. Duquesne had three 4-points lead, the last coming as Helmi Tulonen beat the buzzer making the score 18-14.
Each team scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter. Omogrosso's 3-pointer followed by Bazelak's layup with 29 seconds left, put the Dukes ahead 32-28 heading into halftime.
The Dukes went cold in the 3rd quarter, making only 2-of-18 shots, as the Minutewomen outscored them 15-5 to take a 43-37 advantage.
By the midway point of the 4th quarter, UMass' lead stretched to nine points at 56-47. But then the Duquesne defense took over. The Dukes did not allow a field goal for the final 5:06, forcing five turnovers. Omogrosso's 3-pointer with 4:51 remaining started a 13-1 run to end the game. UM had a chance to tie the contest with eight seconds remaining, but Leah McDermott's 3-pointer was off.
The Dukes are away from home for the next three contests beginning Jan. 4th at Davidson. They return to the Palumbo Center Jan. 17th against La Salle.