Dukes Treated to 59-41 Loss at West Virginia

A cold-shooting Duquesne women's basketball team suffered their second straight loss to a Big East opponent as West Virginia downed the Red and Blue, 59-41, Sunday afternoon in Morgantown.

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And for the second game in a row, Keri Pryor was the only Duquesne player to hit double-digits with 13 points. The junior, who also led with nine rebounds and three steals, scored 18 against Pittsburgh in Wednesday's 66-47 defeat.

The Dukes made just over a quarter of their shots, hitting 15-of-58 (25.9%) including an atrocious 1-20 from beyond the 18-foot arc. DU assisted on only three of the 15 made field goals. Senior Kristi Little, who averages 4.0 assists per contest, joined two teammates with an assist apiece. Little scored nine points and tied Pryor with three takeaways.

West Virginia (7-1), which hit a warm 45.8 percent from the floor (22-48), committed a generous 25 turnovers. DU's 18 miscues were a bit better.

The Mountaineers made their final four free throw chances to get above the one-half bar, 11-of-21 (52.4%) while Duquesne ended up right on that 50 percent shelf (10-20).

Liz Repella had two blocks and a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds as did Takisha Granberry with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Powell, who also scored 10, had seven assists for the hosts who teamed up on 63.3 percent of the buckets (14/22).

Down 6-0, the Dukes put together an 8-4 run to knot the game at 10-10 on Eve Pyle's layup with 10:30 to go before the break. The Mountaineers ran off eight straight before Samantha Pollino's putback of Pyle's missed trey made it 18-12 with 6:30 remaining.

Duquesne made less than 25 percent (6/26) in the first 20. That and 11 turnovers pretty much explained the 27-16 halftime score. While WVU also hit double-digits with 10 turnovers, the Mountainers had an 8-1 edge in assists (14-3 for the game), 20-8 in points in the paint (30-22) and were up 22-17 on the boards (48-31).

Repella canned the game's initial three-pointer at 17:27 of the second half for a 34-18 lead over the Atlantic 10 rep. Pryor made Duquesne's first, and only, with 14:17 on the clock.

The Mountaineers stretched the margin to as many as 21 points when Repella hit her third trey, the score 43-22 and 13:35 to go. The Dukes answered with 11 straight points to get within 10 (43-33) only to have WVU's immediate reply of an 11-1 run that got the lead back to 21.

This was Duquesne's third consecutive loss after winning the first six on the 2008-09 schedule. The 6-2 Dukes have another area non-conference game next Sunday, Dec. 14th, against Robert Morris at 7:00 p.m. in Moon Township. A fourth is set for Thursday, December 18, 2008, with Saint Francis of Loretto at 7 in the Palumbo Center.

Notes

  • WVU leads the series, 33-7
  • Duquesne's 41 points is the lowest point-total in the series' 40 games
  • This was a homecoming for juniors Amanda Peck and Keri Pryor; both graduated from Class AAA runner-up Morgantown High School in 2006.


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