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Duquesne, Saint Joseph's & Mason Pick Up Wins on Tuesday

Release: 11/26/2013
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

OXFORD, Ohio - The Duquesne women's basketball team used a 52-point 2nd half in which they shot 62 percent from the floor in their 78-58 victory over Miami University on Tuesday night at Millett Hall. With the victory, the Dukes improve to 5-2 on the season.

April Robinson scored 19 points and Raegan Moore 17 to lead the Dukes. Wumi Agunbiade scored 12 and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Robinson recorded a game-high five assists.

Miami (1-4) was led by Hannah Robertson with 19 points.

The Dukes started off slow, missing their first six shots as Miami jumped out to an 11-0 lead at the first media timeout. At the 15:04 mark of the first half, the Dukes finally got on the board on Moore's layup. This was the beginning of a 15-2 run. Jose-Ann Johnson's offensive rebound and put-back at 10:10 tied the score at 13-13. Six possessions later, Moore's pull-up jumper at 7:57 gave Duquesne its first lead of the game at 15-13.

However, Miami would respond with the next 12 points over the next 5:33 to retake the lead at 25-15 with 2:24 to play in the half. With four seconds left on the clock, Robinson's rebounded a missed Miami foul shot and took the ball two dribbles past half court, launching a 3-pointer from 40 feet at the buzzer that was good. This cut the Miami lead to 28-26 heading into halftime.

The Dukes tied the game at 29-29 on Moore's fast break layup 1:45 into the 2nd half. Duquesne would retake the lead after a Johnson turn-around jumper at 16:59 that made the score 34-32. There would be three ties and four lead changes before the Dukes took a 40-38 lead into the 12-minute media timeout. The Dukes would increase their lead to nine points over the next 46 seconds to take a 47-38 lead with 10:16 remaining.

Duquesne would force three straight turnovers that resulted in six points to stretch the lead to 15 points at 53-38 with 8:41 to play. The Dukes would maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the game. Nurkic's layup with 57 seconds remaining closed out the scoring and gave the Dukes its largest lead of the game - 20 points at 78-58.


"I'm very proud of the way our team displayed poise and a never say die attitude tonight," said head coach Dan Burt. "We wanted to attack the basket and get to the free throw line a lot."

The Dukes had a season-high 39 free throw attempts, making a season-high 29.

"In the 2nd half, we shot the ball better and ramped up the press, generating lots of turnovers."

Duquesne forced 14 2nd half turnovers, resulting in 21 points.

"I can't say enough about the contributions of Belma Nurkic and Angela Heintz. They were key for us this evening."

The duo combined for 23 points - a season-high 15 from Nurkic and eight from Heintz (all from the foul line).

The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 74-65 win at Princeton Tuesday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Hawks' Erin Shields led four SJU players in double figures with a game-high 18 points.

Leading 43-40 early in the second half, Saint Joseph's quickly pulled away from the reigning Ivy League champions. Behind a 14-1 run, the Hawks opened a 57-41 lead on a jumper by Sarah Fairbanks at 14:39. The SJU defense cause four turnovers and limited the Tigers to 0-for-3 from the field and 1-for-4 from the foul line during the four minute span.

Saint Joseph's would push its lead to as many as 18 points in the final period as it shot 44.8 percent from the floor (26-for-58) overall, and converted 19-of-23 from the foul line for 82.6 percent.

In the first half, the Hawks would pull away from the Tigers to open a 29-20 advantage on a Shields' three-pointer at 8:16.

The separation wouldn't last long as Princeton (2-3) cut the score to 39-38, before SJU scored four straight points to end the half and take a 43-38 lead into halftime.

Individually, Fairbanks and senior Ilze Gotfrida each tallied 16 points for the Hawks, while Ciara Andrews tallied 10 points off the bench. Junior Natasha Cloud finished with a game-high seven assists to go with three steals and seven rebounds.

Alex Wheatley led three Tigers in double figures with 14 points as Princeton shot 47.9 percent overall (23-for-48), but shot just 14-of-25 from the foul line (56 percent) and turned the ball over 17 times.

FAIRFAX-- George Mason (5-2) trailed for much of the night, but took the lead when it mattered most and defeated Longwood (3-2) 66-65 at the Patriot Center Tuesday night thanks to a jumper from junior Sandra Ngoie with two seconds remaining.

Ngoie led all scorers with a career-high 22 points and added eight rebounds helping the Patriots to outrebound the Lancers 42-38.

“I’m hoping we really have found the Sandra that I’ve been waiting on,” Milleson said. “I think from a maturity standpoint, from understanding what we want, it was a big breakthrough game for her.”

Mason trailed by as much as 16 points in the first half but the Patriots fought their way to a four-point deficit, down just 32-28 headed into the break. The second half would be just as hard-fought with the Lancers taking several double-digit leads including an 11-point advantage with just over eight minutes remaining.  However, the Patriots didn’t back down using a 22-10 run in the final seven minutes of play to secure the victory.

“I just think right now, we’re so resilient,” Milleson said. “Obviously we don’t want to make a habit of it, but this team is just believing.”

Sophomore Taylor Brown registered 14 points and five assists in just 26 minutes while fifth-year senior Janaa Pickard continued her stellar campaign registering her fourth double-double of the season, putting up 15 points and 11 rebounds.

After four games over seven days, the Patriots get a break over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Kim Pierre-Louis scored in double-figures for the third consecutive game; however, UMass women's basketball suffered a 76-54 setback at Holy Cross on Tuesday evening. Pierre-Louis netted a career-high 24 points at the Hart Recreation Center in Worcester, Mass., as she finished 10-of-13 from the floor and 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

Alyx Stiff provided seven points, three rebounds and a trio of assists over 18 minutes on the floor. Kiara Bomben, Amber Dillon and Rashida Timbilla added six points apiece, with Timbilla notching six rebounds, three assists and a block as well. Over the previous three games, Pierre-Louis has provided 10 points against Rutgers and a then-personal-best 19 at Hartford before scoring 24 more at the Crusaders.

Alex Smith and Raquel Scott led the high-scoring Holy Cross offense, which entered the contest averaging 83.7 points per game. Smith finished with 23 points on a 9-for-14 evening from the floor, including five three-pointers. Scott provided 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while Emily Parker chipped in 11 points and a dozen boards.

The Crusaders connected on their shots during the opening four minutes, 29 seconds of actions to race to a 14-4 lead. During the stretch, Holy Cross went 6-for-10 from the floor and hit a pair of three-pointers.

UMass head coach Sharon Dawley called a timeout to regroup the Minutewomen, who responded with a successful trip down the floor. Following a missed three-pointer from Emily Mital, Timbilla fought through three Crusaders for the offensive board and put-back layup to make it 14-6.

Holy Cross continued to key in from all around the court and built their lead as large as 23 points, 36-13 with 5:49 remaining in the first half. However, the Minutewomen answered with a 10-0 run spanning two minutes, 35 seconds of game action to pull within 36-23.

Pierre-Louis and Stiff were integral in the run, with Stiff contributing six points to four earned by Pierre-Louis. Stiff swung the offensive momentum in UMass' favor with a three-pointer before Pierre-Louis added a jumper in the lane with 4:51 left in the half to move UMass within 36-18 of Holy Cross.

Stiff added her second trey of the game at the 4:08 mark while Pierre-Louis followed with a jumper to end the streak with 2:54 remaining to play in the stanza.

Smith and Molly Hourigan rallied the Crusaders during the final three minutes of the first half as the squad took a 43-26 lead into the break, capped by Smith knocking down a jumper with less than three seconds to play before halftime.

Holy Cross continued its run at the start of the second half to push its lead over 20 points before the Minutewomen responded. After Scott drained a jumper for the Crusaders to give the home side a 58-38 advantage with 16:26 left, UMass used a seven-point scoring burst move back within 13 points of tying.

Dillon hit back-to-back shots for the Minutewomen for her first points of the game before Bomben swished a three-pointer at the 10:17 mark to cut the Holy Cross lead to 58-45.

However, the Crusaders did not let their lead dip further as they answered with a 12-0 run to go in front, 70-45 with 7:01 left and put the game out of reach.

UMass finished 21-of-53 from the floor (39.6 percent) and went 3-for-14 on three-point attempts (21.4 percent). The Minutewomen were 9-for-14 on free throw attempts (64.2 percent).

Holy Cross finished 30-of-69 on field goals (43.5 percent), including a 7-for-17 day from beyond the arc (41.2 percent). The Crusaders added nine points in 17 trips to the line (52.9 percent).

Holy Cross led 25-9 in scoring off of turnovers and 30-26 in points in the paint. UMass earned a 42-15 advantage in bench scoring due to Pierre-Louis' evening.

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