DU Women Knock Off Saint Francis, 87-59

Duquesne's women's basketball team improved to 8-3 via a convincing 87-59 victory over Saint Francis of Loretto, Pa. Thursday night at the Palumbo Center.

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Senior Kristi Little lead five Duquesne double digit scorers with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Sophomores Kelly Britcher and Samantha Pollino added 16 and 13 points, respectively, and juniors Keri Pryor and Rachel Frederick scored 11 and 10 points. Frederick had a game-best nine rebounds as the Dukes won the battle of the boards, 52-41.

Duquesne's defense pressured the visitors into 33.8 percent shooting and 24 turnovers that led to 23 Red and Blue points. Samantha Thompson's three blocks paced the hosts' 11 swat-aways.

The Dukes' aggressiveness continued on the offensive end resulting in 31 attempts from the free throw line - DU made 25 (80.6&). Frederick was a perfect 8-for-8 and Britcher made all four attempts.

Duquesne led for all but 43 seconds of the game. Britcher's three-pointer 10 seconds in put the Dukes ahead 3-0. Janie Killian's layup and a Britney Hodges jumper gave Saint Francis its first and only lead (4-3) with 18:52 on the clock. Little's layup 10 seconds later returned the edge to the Dukes. Little made 1-of-2 at the line before another Killian bunny tied it at 6-6. Pryor's putback gave the hosts the lead for good, 8-6, with 17:01 left in the first.

Brittany Lilley's bucket at 10:16 got the Red Flash within one, 17-16, only to see DU's 7-0 run capped the margin to 24-16 two minutes later.

The Dukes outscored SFU 17-7 the rest of the way for a comfortable 41-23 halftime lead.

Duquesne's start of the second half was nothing like their solid play in the opening 20 minutes.

Saint Francis (2-6) made a pair of treys and scored on a fastbreak layup to cut the score to 41-31, while the Dukes missed their first seven shots and committed five turnovers before Britcher hit another three-pointer for DU's initial second half points with 16:05 left in the game.

Give credit to the Red Flash who greatly improved their second half play evidenced by six Duquesne fouls in the first seven minutes.

A time out helped Coach Suzie McConnell-Serios's charges settle as DU kept the advantage easily in double digits the rest of the game.

Allison Daly, who was Saint Francis's lone double digit scorer with 16 points, had team bests of five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Shawna Scott had five assists.

Duquesne has one more pre-Christmas game on Sunday, December 21st against IFPW at 1:00 p.m. in Indiana before heading to Miami, Fla. for the Hurricanes Holiday Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, 2008. The Dukes take on Auburn in the first round and will face either Brown or UM the next day.

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