Dukes Swamp Fordham on CSTV, 66-42

Junior point guard Kristi Little's 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and six steals led Duquesne to a nationally televised (CSTV) 66-42 win at Fordham, Sunday in Rose Hill Gym. The win increased the Dukes record to 11-9, 2-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Little gets DuquesneSports' first ever, "You Da Player" award.

Three other Dukes joined Little in double figures. Keri Pryor had a team best 14 points, Amanda Peck 12 and Samantha Pollino added 10 points in the 24-point win. Pollino also had a game-high 12 rebounds, half on the offensive side of the court.

Fordham was led by Megan Mahoney's game-best 21 points. Kristina Bell scored 14 points and Takita Earl grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. Annie Zopf, daughter of Duquesne All-American Billy Zopf, dished out three assists, just under half of the teams' seven, and had four steals.

Zopf hit Mahoney for a fastbreak layup and the Rams only lead of 3-2 with 16:57 on the first half clock. Kristi Little's trey 18 seconds later put the Dukes up 5-3, a lead the Red and Blue wouldn't surrender through the remaining 36 minutes.

FU got within three at 19-16 on a layup by Kristina Bell with 5:23 to go before the break. Pryor's put back at 4:43 returned the edge to five and started an 11-2 run for a 30-18 halftime lead.

Six straight points by Duquesne opened the second half and set the tone for the rest of the game. Pollino's trey at 9:59 put the Dukes ahead 46-25. Her layup got the score to 60-36, the Dukes' largest lead of 24, with 135 seconds to go. A pair of free throws by Amanda Peck with 10 seconds left returned the margin to 24 for the final score of 66-42.

Fordham is 0-20 in Coach Cathy Andruzzi's second season and 0-5 in league play. Andruzzi and her 1972-73, 22-5, no. 2 in the nation Queens College teammates were the first women's team to be inducted into New York City's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

In the Dukes' previous game this week, a 68-55 loss to Xavier (13-6, 3-1 A10), Little scored 25 points, with three rebounds, three assists and four steals. Her stats in these pair of games: 37 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

Just in case the Atlantic 10 doesn't give a Player of the Week honor tomorrow, we at DuquesneSports give Ms. Little, who has been the backbone and leader of Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio's team all season, our first-ever "You Da Player" award.

The Dukes conclude this two-game road trip at St. Bonaventure (14-6, 2-3) on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. on the Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center.


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