Women's Basketball Year in Review
April 20, 2012
The Duquesne women's basketball team recorded its fourth consecutive 20-win season and Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance during the 2011-12 season.
The Dukes finished 20-12 overall, 7-7 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. DUQ recorded a school record eight-game winning streak, one of which included a 61-55 win over NCAA Tournament participant West Virginia. This was the first victory over the Mountaineers since 1995.
The senior class of Alex Gensler and Vanessa Abel finished as the winningest class is program history with 84 victories. Additionally, the Dukes received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll two times.
As a team, DUQ set a program record with 385 steals and the 12.0 steals per game was 16th best in the NCAA. Duquesne was also 13th nationally with a turnover margin of 5.44, 21st with an assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.02, 27th with 15.4 assists per game and 47th with a scoring margin of +8.5.
Individually, three Dukes were named to the All-Conference team - Gensler and sophomore Wumi Agunbiade were named Atlantic 10 Second-Team All-Conference and junior Jocelyn Floyd was named to the All-Defensive Team. Additionally, Gensler was voted to the All-Academic Team. Gensler, who finished her career as the DUQ's all-time leader in 3-pointers with 238 and fourth all-time in scoring with 1,445 points, was recognized by ESPN's Graham Hays as the "Best Individual Weekend Performance" and by Pickin' Splinters as the "A-10 Performance of the Week" during opening weekend after a career-high 33-point performance against Saint Francis, Pa. Agunbiade, the team's leading scorer with 14.7 points per game, was a two-time A-10 Player of the Week. Floyd set the Dukes' single-season record with 121 steals and her average of 3.78 steals per game was sixth best in the NCAA.
DUQ was dealt a huge blow before conference play started when Abel was lost for the season with a stress fracture of the patella. Duquesne went 12-3 with her in the lineup and was 8-9 in games she missed.
Junior Ahjah Hall was one of the most improved players on the team, making 17 starts and setting career-highs in points and rebounds. Sophomore Carly Vendemia made starts in six games and recorded her first career-double-double versus La Salle.