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WBB Sets A-10 Win Mark in 59-43 Win Over Butler on Senior Day

 

 

March 3, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team finished the 2012-13 regular season with a 59-43 victory over Butler on Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.

The Dukes, who never trailed in the contest, were led by Wumi Agunbiade who recorded her 18th career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Oditte Odisho tied her career-high with 14 points off the bench and Jocelyn Floyd added 13 points and four steals for the Dukes who improve to 22-6 overall and set a school record with their 11th win in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Daress McClung scored 14 and Taylor Schippers 13 for Butler who fall to 17-12 overall and 8-6 in league play.

The first half was played tight, with the largest Duquesne lead only being five points early on and right before halftime when Vanessa Abel hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 26-21.

A Floyd layup five minutes into the second half gave the Dukes a 10 point lead at 35-25. Agunbiade's jumper at the 11:06 mark gave DU its largest lead of the game, 19 points at 43-27. The closest the Bulldogs would get is 13 points after a McClung layup made the score 56-43 with 2:12 to play.

"Today was a great way to send our seniors out," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We wanted to come out in the first five minutes of the first half with intense defense."

Duquesne forced five Butler turnovers before the under 16 media timeout in the first half.

"OD was a big spark off the bench, she was able to hit shots and open things up."

Odisho, who only had one double-figure scoring game in the Dukes' first 24 games, had recorded a double-figure game in three of the last four.

"Rebounding was huge, I mentioned to the team in the locker room how important it is for each and every player to get on the boards."

The Dukes out-rebounded the Bulldogs 47-33.

"Being able to created 20 turnovers, we were able to create more offense from our defense and that has been key for us all year."

Duquesne came into the game first in the NCAA averaging 14.3 steals per game.

The seedings for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship will be announced by the league later this evening.

GAME NOTES

  • The previous program-best for conference wins was 10 (1998, 2004)

  • With her 11 points, Agunbiade passed Katie Collins to move into 15th place on Duquesne's all-time scoring list with 1,196 points

  • This was Duquesne first-ever win over Butler, the Bulldogs won the previous four meetings including the 2009 WNIT

  • Duquesne is 21-3 when leading at halftime and 8-0 when out-rebounding the opponent


    Butler at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    Butler (17-12, 8-6 A-10)
    21
    22
    43
    Duquesne 22-6, 11-3 A-10)
    26
    33
    59

     

     

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