Dukes Crush Cornell, 93-49

Duquesne women's basketball team improved to 2-0 with a convincing 93-49 victory over Cornell, Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center.

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Junior Rachel Frederick and sophomore Samantha Pollino led Duquesne with 23 and 22 points, respectively, while shooting a combined 82.6 percent from the floor (19/23).

Frederick also had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. In this weekend's two games, the Gibsonia, Pa. native has averaged 17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.0 apg and 2.5 spg while shooting 73.6 percent from the floor, 66.7% from beyond the arc and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe.

Senior Kristi Little added 14 points and game-bests of six assists and five steals. Junior center Amanda Peck led all players with eight rebounds. Peck and classmate Keri Pryor each blocked a pair of Big Red shots.

Pollino's traditional three-point play layup gave the Dukes an 18-17 lead at 12:06 of the first half, an advantage the Red and Blue would not surrender the rest of game. DU had a 47-27 lead at the break that they extended to 52 points twice, first on a Pryor trey with 6:51 remaining (89-37), and 91-39 on Peck's layup at 5:13.

The Ivy League squad's Lauren Benson had team-bests of 11 points and three assists and Allie Munson and Shanna Scarselletta each grabbed six boards. Scarselletta was credited with two steals.

The Dukes shot 50.0 percent from the floor and took 26 more shots (74/48) that Cornell (0-1) which was held to 31.5%. DU maintained a 40-37 rebounding edge.

Duquesne heads to Emmitsburg, Md. for a 7:00 p.m. match with the Northeast Conference's Mount St. Mary's (1-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 19th.

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