2nd Half Surge Pushes Duquesne Past Colonials

Moon Township, Pa. / Charles L. Sewall Center—The Robert Morris University women's basketball team watched a 15-point second half lead disappear as Duquesne took a 63-59 win in an intra-city contest Sunday night at the Charles L. Sewall Center. The Colonials fell to 3-5 on the season with the loss while the Dukes snap a three-game skid and improve to 7-3 on the year.

Box Score

Senior guard Sade Logan (Knoxville, Tenn. / South Doyle (Chattanooga State)) led all scorers with 20 points while making her first appearance of the season after missing the first seven games while recovering from an off-season injury. She finished with 20 points on 7-of-22 shooting, knocking down 3-of-12 three-point attempts.

Senior guard Kendra Williams (Bronx, N.Y. / Mount St. Ursula) had a career high 13 rebounds and was close to recording a triple-double, adding eight points and seven assists. Junior guard Monet Johnson (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Grand Street Campus (Monroe College)) had 11 points and junior guard Monica Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Woodland Hills (Howard College)) chipped in with 10 points.

Leading by 13 points with 8:54 left in the second half, the Colonials would not score again until Logan knocked down a baseline jumper with 13 seconds left in regulation. By that time, Duquesne had erased the deficit and led by six when Logan's jumper made it a 60-56 game.

In the 8:41 between RMU points, the Dukes went on a 19-0 run getting eight consecutive points from Rachel Frederick to start the move. Samantha Pollino added six points during the run, Kristi Little knocked down a three-pointer and Keri Pryor tacked on two more points to give Duquesne all they would need.

After Logan's trey cut the margin to four points, Little made a pair of free throws before Kendra Williams knocked down a three-pointer with seven seconds left to make it a three-point game. She nearly intercepted the in-bounds pass, but had to instead foul. Kelly Britcher made one of two free throws to ice the game, 63-59.

The Colonials managed to hit just 7-of-31 shots (22.6 percent) in the second half while Duquesne was 12-29 (41.4 percent) including 5-14 (35.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Dukes also outrebounded the Colonials, 24-20 in the second frame.

It was a stark difference from the first 20 minutes when it seemed Robert Morris couldn't miss. The Colonials shot 59.3 percent (16-27) in the opening frame, including 53.3 percent (8-15) from three-point range. Duquesne was struggling at their end, hitting at a 28.1 percent (9-32) clip as RMU jumped out a 40-26 lead at the end of the first 20 minutes.

Three Dukes finished with 14 points – Frederick, Little and Pollino. Pollino also had 10 rebounds to record a double-double.

Duquesne next takes on Saint Francis on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the Palumbo Center.