VCU, La Salle & Duquesne Pick Up Sunday Wins
DUQUESNE 83, MOREHEAD STATE 35
MOREHEAD, Ky. - Orsi Szecsi recorded the first Duquesne women's basketball triple-double in almost 19 years in the Dukes' 83-35 victory over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Duquesne improves to 4-2 on the season.
Szecsi finished the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Jose-Ann Johnson recorded her first-ever double-double with career-highs 14 points and 10 rebounds. Raegan Moore led all scorers with 21 points.
Morehead State (4-3) did not have any players score in double-figures. Monique Bunk and Almesha Jones were the Eagles' leading scorers with seven points each.
Duquesne had a fast start, scoring the game's first 12 points in just 2:25. An April Robinson jumper at the midway point of the half put Duquesne up by 21 points at 29-8. Moore's layup with 57 seconds left in the half made the Dukes a +30 and a pair of Angela Heintz foul shots capped the 1st half scoring with Duquesne leading 44-12.
The Duquesne defense held Morehead State to just four field goals in the first half on 26 attempts (15.4 percent). The Dukes had three blocks - one each by Johnson, Moore and Amadea Szamosi.
Robinson's 3-pointer put the Dukes over the half-century mark with 17:54 remaining in the 2nd half. Szecsi's foul shots just before the first media timeout in the half gave Duquesne a 40-point lead at 55-15. The Dukes would have a lead as high as 51 points twice - on Kyasia Duling's jumper with 3:03 left (Szecsi's assisted, completing the triple-double) and after a Szecsi connected on her fifth field goal of the game with 42 seconds remaining.
R/V VANDERBILT 82, DAYTON 52
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Dayton fell 82-52 to Vanderbilt Sunday at Memorial Gym in a game between two squads that are both receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll.
For the first time this season, the Flyers did not have four players score in double figures. Senior Cassie Sant paced Dayton with 20 points and six rebounds and junior Andrea Hoover added 11 points and five rebounds.
UD shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the field and a season-low 19.0 percent from three-point range, while allowing Vanderbilt to shoot a season-high 57.4 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from three-point range.
Vandy had more turnovers than UD 26-22, but the Commodores capitalized, outscoring Dayton 27-18 on points off turnovers.
The Flyers (2-3) fell behind 33-23 in the first half to the Commodores (4-2) and could not find a way back into the game in the second stanza.
UD struck first on a Hoover trey eight seconds into the game. Both teams struggled, offensively, Dayton held a slim lead until 10:34 remaining in the first half when Rebekah Dalhman drilled a three and gave the 'Dores the lead for good. Hoover's layup with 6:53 left in the first half pulled the Flyers within 19-18 and that's as close as the Flyers would get the rest of the game. Vanderbilt closed out the half on a 14-5 run for the 10-point lead at the half.
Vanderbilt led by double digits the rest of the game and built that lead to a 30-point advantage with 2:06 showing on the clock.
#1 UCONN 88, ST. BONAVENTURE 39
HARTFORD, Conn. – The top-ranked Connecticut Huskies handed the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team its second loss of the season on Sunday, November 24, defeating the Bonnies 88-39 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Richmond led SBU with 9 points while Healy recorded a team-high 11 rebounds.
LA SALLE 72, MANHATTAN 62
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - La Salle used a 19-4 run midway through the second half to erase an eight-point deficit and take the lead for good in a 72-62 nonconference win at Manhattan on Sunday afternoon.
Khristin Lee and Alicia Cropper led the Explorers (1-2) with 17 points each, and Micahya Owens added 12. Siobhan Beslow chipped in a near double-double with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds. Manhattan's (1-3) Monica Roeder led all scorers with 18 points. Ashley Stec added 14 for the Jaspers.
The Explorers crashed the boards today, outrebounding the Jaspers 44-29. They also forced the home squad into 22 turnovers to 18 Explorers miscues.
The first half featured six ties and four lead changes as neither team could make much headway in the contest. With the score knotted at 9-9, the Explorers mounted a 9-2 spurt thanks to three straight Indigo Dickens baskets and an Owens bucket. to take an 18-11 lead at the 10:03 point. Dickens finished with seven points in the contest, all on those three baskets plus a made free throw in that run.
Manhattan took a timeout, and responded with a 17-6 run to regain the lead at 28-24 shortly before the break. The squads traded baskets into halftime, as the Jaspers maintained a two-point 30-28 advantage at the break.
Manhattan controlled play early in the second half, taking its biggest lead at 41-33 with 14:14 on the clock.
Leeza Burdgess converted a layup in the paint at 13:58, sparking a 19-4 run over the next four minutes, capped by a Cropper jumper at 10:03, to take a 52-45 lead.
Lee shined in that span, leading the charge with nine of her 17 points. She put an exclamation point on that with a huge steal at midcourt followed by a breakaway layup to send the Explorer bench into a frenzy.
Cropper also added six points in that span on two field goals and two made free throws, and Burdgess scored four of her six points in that stretch and also came up with a big stop under the Jasper basket.
Manhattan edged back within one with an 8-2 spurt, but that was the closest the home squad would get down the stretch. The Explorers responded with a decisive 11-2 run to push their lead to 10 at 65-55 with 2:22 on the clock. Owens drained eight of her 12 points in that decisive stretch.
The Explorer offense turned it up today, shooting over 40 percent for the first time this season with a 40.3 percent clip. The Explorers shot just 56.7 percent from the free throw line, going 17-for-30, but were helped by the fact that the Jaspers only made it to the line nine times. Manhattan went 45.5 percent from the field and a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line.
VCU 74, UT ARLINGTON 63
VCU used a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures, and received key contributions on both ends of the floor in a 74-63 overtime victory at UT Arlington Sunday afternoon.
After forcing a turnover on UTA's final possession of regulation, the Rams outscored the Mavericks 17-6 in overtime, hitting 4-of-4 from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe to earn their third straight double digit road victory.
Senior Robyn Parks posted her third double-double in as many games with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while freshman Isis Thorpe added 18 points, classmate Keira Robinson finished with a career-best 17 and senior Zakia Williams chipped in a season-high 11 off the bench to pace VCU offensively.
The Rams improve to 4-1 to start a season for the first time since 2008-09 when VCU made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
NC A&T 69, RICHMOND 60
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Richmond women’s basketball team fell to the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 69-60, Sunday afternoon at the Corbett Sports Center.
Despite having three Spiders in double figures, Richmond (1-4) shot 33.9 percent from the field, while the North Carolina A&T (4-1) shot 46.8 percent with the help of 32 points in the paint.
Redshirt-junior Genevieve Okoro tallied a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with her 12 points for her second double-double of the season to lead the Spiders. Senior Amber Nichols scored 13 points thanks to three three-pointers, while Kristina King added 10 points of her own.
Richmond found itself down as many as 17 points with 11:07 left to play and cut the deficit to eight with a minute left but time trickled down.