VCU, Dayton and Duquesne All Earn Wins on Wednesday
DAYTON 83, PROVIDENCE 65
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team evened its record to 4-4 with an 83-65 road win over the Big East’s Providence (4-5) Wednesday. The Flyers never trailed in the game in which 1,651 area school children were in attendance.
Junior Andrea Hoover led all scorers with 20 points, including 18 first-half points for Dayton. Sophomore Amber Deane scored 19 points and also tallied six rebounds and five assists. Junior Ally Malott added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had eight points and a career-high and game-high 11 rebounds, to go along with two blocks. Sophomore Kelley Austria contributed nine points, four assists and three steals.
The Flyers shot 44.8 percent from the field, and also out-rebounded the Friars 52-43. Dayton also used its speed to its advantage, outscoring PC 35-9 on fast break points.
The Flyers play at Toledo on Sunday, Dec. 22 before returning back home for a rematch against Central Michigan on Monday, Dec. 30. The Central Michigan game will be Dayton's Camper Day.
VCU 85, MANHATTAN 64
RICHMOND, VA -- Senior Robyn Parks scored a game-high 29 points for the second time in as many outings, and paced three Rams in double figure scoring as VCU cruised to its eighth straight win, 85-64, over Manhattan Friday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Freshman Keira Robinson added 14 points, eight assists and five steals, while sophomore Jessica Pellechio chipped in 12 points off the bench.
The Rams, who are off to their best start in six years, improve to 9-1 for the first time since 2007-08, and just the third time in the program's 40-year existence.
VCU also pushed its unbeaten streak to eight games, matching its longest since 2009-10. The school record is nine, which occurred in 1994-95.
The Black and Gold remains just one of just two Atlantic 10 teams with one loss on the season (Saint Joseph's).
DUQUESNE 79, ROBERT MORRIS 63
PITTSBURGH - Raegan Moore led all scorers with 20 points in the Duquesne women's basketball's team's 79-63 victory over cross-town rival Robert Morris on Wednesday night.
April Robinson scored 14 and Orsi Szecsi and Stasia King each scored 11 points for the Dukes who improve to 8-3 on the season. King's output was a career-high.
RMU's Anna Niki Stamolaprou scored 19 points off the bench and Artemis Spanou recorded a double-double of 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The game started out tight, with three ties before the first media timeout. Coming out of the stoppage, Moore hit a long 3-pointer which started a 13-6 run to give the Dukes a 19-12 lead at the 11:38 mark of the half. RMU answered with four straight points from Cassie Oursler and a foul shot by Kelly Hartwell cut the Dukes' lead to two points at 19-17 with 9:13 remaining. After a pair of Angela Heintz foul shots, the Colonials' Stamolamprou hit a 3-pointer to make it a 1-point game at 21-20 at the 8-minute media timeout. Lou Mataly's 3-pointer after the break gave Robert Morris a 23-21 advantage.
At the 6:59 mark, a skirmish between RMU's Ashley Ravelli and Wumi Agunbiade led to a flagrant foul assessed to Agunbiade and technical fouls to both players. Both teams were awarded two foul shots. Ravelli would hit both foul shots to increase the Colonials' lead to 25-21. Belma Nurkic would hit one of the free throws, which would start a 9-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer and layup by Moore that made the score 31-27 heading into the 4-minute media timeout.
The Dukes lead would get as high as seven points, first after a pair of Robinson foul shots that made the score 38-31 and a buzzer-beating jumper from Heintz that sent the game into halftime with the Dukes leading 40-33.
Mataly opened up the 2nd half scoring with a 3-pointer to make it a 4-point game at 40-36, but the Dukes answered with a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to 13 points at 49-36 with at the 15:12 mark. The Dukes lead would increase to 14 points after Robinson's 3-pointer with 11 minutes remaining.
King's layup at 1:06 made the score 79-61 and gave the Dukes its largest lead of the game at 18 points.
"Tonight we got significant contributions from a number of people," said head coach Dan Burt. "In seven years at Duquesne, this is greatest team victory we have had in terms of getting contributions at critical times from such a variety of players."