LA SALLE 73, WILLIAM & MARY 59
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Leeza Burdgess led the Explorers with a career-high 20 points, Siobhan Beslow set a new career mark with 11 points and Micahya Owens added 19 as the La Salle women's basketball squad defeated William & Mary 73-59 at Kaplan Arena on Thursday night.
Burdgess broke her career mark of 16, set on Dec. 11, 2010 at Valparaiso when she played at Pittsburgh. She went 10-for-14 from the field and added seven rebounds. Beslow hit double figures for the first time in her career thanks to 7-for-8 shooting at the free throw line, breaking her old record of nine points set on two separate occasions.
Jasmine Alston, earning her first collegiate start in place of an injured Khristin Lee, tied her season and career mark with nine points along with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Alston went 4-for-5 from the field.
The Explorers (3-4) were unstoppable, shooting a blistering 57.1 percent from the field including 4-for-7 from long range. They went 51.7 percent in the first half before turning up the heat even more with a 65.0 percent second-half clip.
William & Mary's (1-6) Jazmen Boone led all scorers with 24 points, Kyla Kerstetter added 10 and Kaitlyn Mathieu chipped in 10 along with a team-high eight rebounds.
The Explorers won the opening tip and Burdgess converted the first of her seven made first-half shots just 17 seconds in to put the Blue & Gold on top. Minus two early tie scores (2-2 and 4-4), the Explorers never trailed. Owens drained a fastbreak layup at 17:25 to put the Explorers up for good. The Tribe stayed close, cutting the Explorer lead down to just two at 24-22 with 4:57 on the clock and again at 26-24 a few seconds later, but the Explorers closed the half with an 11-2 run to take a 37-26 halftime lead.
Owens drained two quick threes in the second half and the Explorers' hot shooting propelled them to as many as an 18-point lead. Alicia Cropper capped a 10-3 spurt out of the break with a jumper to give the Explorers a 47-29 lead and force a Tribe timeout at 16:58.
The Explorers maintained their double-digit lead save for four straight Boone points that cut the lead to nine at 66-57 with 2:16 remaining. Cropper snagged a steal and made the fastbreak layup at 1:38 to regain the double-digit lead that the Explorers would not relinquish down the stretch. Beslow drained four free throws in the final minute to give her the new career high.
The Explorers outrebounded the Tribe 39-29; however, the Tribe won the turnover battle 16-9. Tonight marked just the second time this season that the Blue & Gold failed to force more turnovers than they committed.
La Salle now has 10 days off for finals, and returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 15, when Villanova pays a visit to Tom Gola Arena at 1 p.m. for a Big 5 contest.
DUQUESNE 83, PROVIDENCE 78
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team held off a late rally from Providence to come away with an 83-78 victory on Thursday night at the Palumbo Center.
Tori Rule tied Agunbiade with 26, Evi Iiskola added 12 and Sarah Beal 11 for the Friars who fall to 4-4 on the season.
After Providence's Iiskola jump shot put the Friars ahead 7-6 early in the first half, Duquesne came back with a 20-9 run to take a 10-point lead at 26-16 midway through the frame. Robinson followed with a 3-pointer and Jose-Ann Johnson added a pair of free throws to give DU its largest lead of the half at 15 points - 31-16 with 7:19 remaining. The Dukes would maintain the 15-point lead after a Stasia King layup made the score 33-18 at the 6:53 mark. PC would cut the Dukes' lead to nine points at 33-24 after Iiskola's layup right before the final media timeout of the half. Aliyah Miller's foul shots closed out the first half scoring with a pair of free throws what made the score 44-34 in Duquesne's favor.
By the midway point of the 2nd half, the Dukes had built a 19-point lead at 65-46. However, PC would cut the deficit to 10 points on an Alexis Harris layup with 5:37 to play to make the score 70-60. Providence would follow with a 15-5 run capped by a Harris layup to tie the score at 75-75 with 1:38 left in the game. The Dukes would only allow a 3-pointer from Tori Rule with nine seconds remaining the rest of the way as the Dukes got a basket from Agunbiade, four foul shots from Moore and one each from Orsi Szecsi and Robinson down the stretch to come away with the victory.
As a team, the Dukes made 45.9 percent of its shots including six 3-pointers. Robinson led the team with seven assists.
Up next, the Dukes make the trek up Route 22 to take on Saint Francis on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is at 2:00 p.m.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 94, DAYTON 91
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The University of Dayton women's basketball team (2-4) fell 94-91 to Central Michigan Thursday night at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas (3-4) hit three 3-pointers in the last 21 seconds of regulation to come back for the win.
Five Flyers scored in double figures, including sophomore Amber Deane (21 points, 10 rebounds) and senior Cassie Sant (17 points and career-high 11 rebounds) notching double-doubles. Sant also tied her career-high for blocked shots with three. Junior Andrea Hoover scored 21 points and had six assists and five rebounds. Junior Ally Malott contributed 16 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Kelley Austria added 12 points.
CMU's Crystal Bradford scored a game-high 34 points, including the game-winning three with .2 seconds left in the game.
The Flyers fought back from a 46-40 halftime deficit and started the second period strong and jumped to a nine-point lead with 12:26 to play. UD held a nine-point lead at the final media timeout, 84-75 at the 3:56 mark.
Sant's layup with 33 seconds left in the game gave UD an 89-85 lead. Deane hit two free throws with 27 seconds left to give Dayton a 91-85 lead.
Bradford hit a three with 21 seconds left. CMU got the ball back and Taylor Johnson banked in a three high off glass with 5.8 seconds showing on the clock. The Flyers threw the ball away on the ensuing inbound. Johnson picked off the pass and found Bradford who scored the winner with .2 seconds left. The Flyers did not have enough time to get a final play off.
UD's next game is Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. vs. Washington State at UD Arena. It will be the Flyers' alumnae game with a pre-game reception and halftime reception of former UD women's basketball players.