Dukes Take IUPU-Fort Wayne, 77-64

Duquesne's women's basketball team, via a 53.5 percent shooting effort, upped its record to 9-3 and extended the current winning streak to three games with a 77-64 decision over Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, Sunday afternoon at the Matadors' Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

Box Score | Duquesne release

Junior Keri Pryor led Duquesne with season highs of 23 points and two blocks. The Morgantown, W.V. native also tied her career best by going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe and tied season bests of eight field goals, two treys and two assists. And she pulled down eight rebounds.

Three other Dukes had double-digit scoring numbers led by junior Rachel Fredericks' 13 on a field goal and 11-of-12 free throws. The Dukes made an outstanding 27 of their 32 free throw attempts (84.4%).

Senior Kristi Little had 10 points and five assists. Sophomore Samantha Pollino also tallied 10 points. Junior Eve Pyle had a game-high nine rebounds for the Dukes who outrebounded IPFW 37-27.

Pryor's 3-pointer at 17:54 gave the Dukes its first lead of 7-5, an advantage the Red and Blue retained the rest of the way. That trey was part of a 14-0 run that made the score 16-5.

Kelly Britcher's putback of a Samantha Thompson three-point attempt accounted for the Dukes' largest first half lead of 13 points at 27-14 with 8:33 remaining. DU had a 40-32 advantage at the break.

Twice the Matadors got within three points, the last on a pair of Tine Moen free throws, 45-42, four minutes into the second half. IPFW only could get to five points after that as the Atlantic 10 Conference team extended the margin to as many as 16 points before settling in with the 77-64 win.

IPFW's Courtney Reed and Chelsea Jackson each scored 14 points and Jordan Zuppe added 12. Jackson's five rebounds and Zuppe's three assists were team bests for the 2-8 Summit League squad.

Duquesne is off for the Christmas week before heading to the University of Miami Holiday Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30. The Dukes will play #10 Auburn in the first round and then will face either the hosts or Brown Tuesday.

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