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Home Teams Pick Up Four Wins in Saturday's #A10WBB Actioin

Release: 01/11/2014
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La Salle 78, UMass 41
PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle women's basketball squad continued to roll on Saturday, defeating Massachusetts 78-41 behind a career-high 23 points from Micahya Owens.

The 37-point margin of victory is the largest since the 1997-98 squad toppled Rhode Island by 37 in an 81-44 decision.

The win moves the Explorers to 4-0 in Atlantic 10 play, the first time the program has started league play with a 4-0 record since La Salle joined the A-10 in the 1995-96 season. They improve their overall record to 9-7, the best record through 16 games since the 2008-09 squad also went 9-7 through 16.

The Explorers (9-7, 4-0 Atlantic 10) have also now won six of their last seven, dating back to a 66-58 win against Tennessee State on Dec. 21 in the Gator Holiday Classic.

In addition to Owens' 23 points, Khristin Lee chipped in nine and Alicia Cropper contributed seven. Ten Explorers total got on the board in a well-balanced scoring effort.

The Explorers dished out a season-high 23 assists, led by six apiece from Cropper and Jasmine Alston.

The contest was never in doubt, with the Explorers racing out to a 22-9 lead midway through the first half. The Minutewomen (3-14, 0-3 Atlantic 10) crept to within six (23-17), thanks to a 15-point first-half performance by Kim Pierre-Louis. Pierre-Louis finished with a team-high 19 points for UMass on 8-for-11 shooting.

La Salle closed out the half outscoring UMass 14-6 to take a 37-23 halftime lead.

If a 14-point halftime lead left any questions about the outcome, the Explorers squelched those with a 26-4 run out of the locker room to open up a 36-point 63-27 lead with 7:58 remaining. Pierre-Louis got a bucket at 7:22, but Owens and Deja Bullock hit back-to-back baskets to put the Explorers up by 38 at 67-29 for the largest lead of the game.

The teams scored almost evenly down the stretch for the final 78-41 score.

La Salle dominated in the paint, outscoring the Minutewomen 28-12 under the basket and the Explorers also outscored the Minutewomen 17-6 off turnovers. The Explorers forced 17 UMass turnovers while committing a season-low 11.

The Explorers outrebounded UMass 44-34, led by Siobhan Beslow's nine boards. Lisa Mintzer contributed a career-best six boards while tying her career mark with six points.

La Salle shot over 50 percent for the second time this season, going 50.8 percent from the field (32-63) while limiting UMass to 30.2 percent (16-53). The Explorers allowed just one late three-pointer in the final seconds, while going 5-for-11 from long range. They also went 9-for-15 from the free throw line, while UMass went a paltry 8-for-21 at the charity stripe.

Dayton 73, St. Bonaventure 59
DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team won its Atlantic 10 home opener with a 73-59 victory over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. The Flyers improved their record to 9-4 and 2-0 in the A-10 while SBU dropped to 12-6 and 1-2 in A-10 play.

The win marked the 19 consecutive for the Flyers at UD Arena, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012 when the A-10 Regular Season Champion Bonnies defeated UD 56-55. In the same season, Dayton returned the favor with a 56-55 win over St. Bonaventure in the A-10 Tournament title game on March 5, 2012.The Flyers' 19 consecutive home win streak is tied for fifth-best in the NCAA.

Freshman Celeste Edwards scored a career-high 14 points, including 11 points in the second half, as five Flyers scored in double figures. Junior Andrea Hoover scored 13 and hauled in eight rebounds while junior Ally Malott added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomores Amber Deane and Kelley Austria scored 11 points each for UD.

Dayton trailed 35-31 with 2:24 remaining in the first half after Katie Healy converted a three-point play for the Bonnies. The Flyers then went on a 25-0 run until St. Bonaventure finally broke the drought after a basket by Healy with 10:37 left in the game. The Bonnies went on a scoreless drought of 11 minutes and 47 seconds as Dayton turned a four-point deficit into a 21-point lead (56-35).

The Flyers’ defense held St. Bonaventure to 36 percent (20-of-55) from the field, including a 24.1 percent (7-of-29) clip in the second half. UD shot 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field, including 43 percent (9-of-21) from beyond the arc.

Dayton tied a season-low in turnovers with 13 while forcing the Bonnies into 15 turnovers. UD also dominated in fast break points 21-4 and had an 18-6 edge in bench points.

Duquesne 59, Saint Louis 47
ST. LOUIS - The Duquesne women's basketball team recorded its 500th program victory after defeating Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon 59-47.

Wumi Agunbiade led the Dukes with a double-double of game-highs 17 points and 10 rebounds. She was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. April Robinson scored 11 and Raegan Moore 10 for Duquesne who improve to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Desirae Ball led SLU (5-11, 0-3 A-10) with 13 points.

The first 12 minutes of the 1st half was low-scoring, with both teams only making four field goals and the Dukes leading 11-9. An Agunbiade jumper at the 1:23 mark gave the Dukes its largest lead of the half - eight points at 29-21. The Billikens closed out the half by scoring the last four points, sending the game into halftime with Duquesne leading 29-25.

SLU quickly tied the game up at 29-29 in the opening minute of the 2nd half. Ball's fade-away jumper at 18:13 game the Billikens its first lead since the 6:43 mark of the 1st half. The lead lasted only 23 seconds as Robinson drained a 3-pointer on the next possession.

Olivia Bresnahan and Agunbiade would follow with baskets to give the Dukes a 36-31 lead with 16:25 to play. A Moore 3-pointer at 8:47 gave the Dukes' its first 10-point lead of the game at 47-37. A pair of Agunbiade foul shots at 2:24 gave Duquesne its largest lead of the game at 15 points - 49-45.

The Dukes forced 21 Saint Louis turnovers and held them to 20 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Duquesne was 11-of-24 shooting in the 2nd half after going 8-of-27 in the 1st half.

Rhode Island 59, George Mason 40
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Rhode Island (6-11, 1-3 A-10) won by its largest margin in an Atlantic 10 game in 10 seasons, defeating George Mason 59-40 Saturday.

The victory was the largest in conference play for the Rams since a 69-49 win over Dayton on March 5, 2014. Rhode Island's defense was the key, as Rhody held the Patriots (6-11, 0-4 A-10) to nearly 32 below their season scoring average (71.8 ppg).

The Rams built a 10-point lead at the half by limiting George Mason to 19 points. It was the first time this season the Patriots failed to reach 20 points in a half.

Kerry Wallack reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time this season, netting a game-high 14 points. She also had eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Wallack shot 3-for-4 from 3-point range, leading a Rhody effort in which the Rams were 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Redshirt freshman Kallie Banker had a career-high 13 points off the bench. She added three assists, one block and one steal with no turnovers in 29 minutes.

Sophomore Taylor Brown led the Patriots in scoring with 14 points on the day, however the remaining four starters would contribute a combined nine points

Fordham 70, Richmond 59
BRONX, NY -- Erin Rooney tallied 14 points and 11 assists for her sixth double-double of the year, leading Fordham to a 70-59 win over Richmond in the Rose Hill Gym on Saturday afternoon.
 
With a career-high 11 helpers, Rooney became the first Fordham women's basketball player since Annie DeRoy in 2001 to record double digit assists in one game.
 
The Rams were on fire from the field, converting on 61 percent of their chances.  The effort marked the first time since February 24th, 2006 that the Rams (14-3, 3-1 A-10) shot 60 percent or better from the floor.
 
Abigail Corning had a characteristically complete contest for the Rams, registering 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the win.
 
Two other Rams finished the game in double figures, as Samantha Clark and Danielle Burns each tallied 11 points and five rebounds.
 
Richmond (7-10,1-3 A-10) found its three-point stroke early in the contest, hitting three of their first four attempts from downtown to take an 11-9 lead five minutes into the game.
 
The Rams grabbed the lead back, 15-13, a few minutes later on a Mary Nwachukwu jumper from the elbow, and Corning answered a Richmond three-pointer with one of her own, giving the Rams an 18-16 advantage with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half.  Corning's bucket kicked off a 14-0 run for Coach Gaitley's squad, giving the Rams a 29-16 lead with just over seven minutes to go.  Rooney and Corning scored seven points apiece on the tear.
 
Fordham expanded its lead even further in the closing minutes of the half, pulling ahead by as many as 15, 36-21, with 4:20 on the clock.
 
Heading into the half, the Rams led by 13, 38-25.  Rooney led all scorers with 11 points in the first half, in addition to dishing out seven assists.  Clark and Corning put up seven points apiece in the opening period.
 
Corning scored Fordham's first five points out of the locker room, but Richmond's offense began to click as well, narrowing the Rams advantage to single digits, 43-34, just over three minutes into the half.
 
Two minutes later, a Rooney three bumped the Fordham lead back to 12 and the Spiders did not get back inside ten until there were 90 seconds left in the contest.  By that time, the Rams lead proved insurmountable, as Fordham closed out the game, 70-59.

Richmond senior Kristina King led the team with 13 points, while sophomore Lauren Tolson followed with 10 points of her own. Both Spiders also brought down four rebounds apiece. Freshman Olivia Healy tallied a career-high seven assists.
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