Dukes Sail Past Brown, 84-54, in UM Tourney

Duquesne women's basketball team took control of the University of Miami Holiday Tournament consolation game midway through the first half as they topped Brown, 84-54, Tuesday evening at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. The Dukes are now 10-4.

Box Score

Duquesne junior Keri Pryor's jump shut at 11:27 of the first half started an 11-0 run that broke the game's second tie (6-6). The Dukes extended the first half lead to 28 points, the halftime score of 49-17. Duquesne held the Ivy League team to 25.0 percent shooting (7/28) in the initial 20 minutes.

The Bears were only able to cut the lead to 27 points in the second half as the Red and Blue coasted to a 30-point victory. DU led by as many as 36 points.

The Dukes had four players in double-figures for the second game in a row with senior Kristi Little and freshman Alex Gensler each scoring 12 points. This was Gensler's second game back after missing the previous five because of illness; she scored 11 Monday.

Junior Samantha Thompson added 11 and Pryor scored 10 points for the balanced attack that saw 10 players see at least 12 minutes of playing time.

Junior Rachel Frederick and sophomore Samantha Pollino tied for the game-high with seven rebounds apiece. Little, who had six steals, Pryor and sophomore Kelly Britcher each dished out four assists. Senior Amanda Peck recorded two blocks.

Duquesne outrebounded Brown 41-32 and committed seven fewer turnovers (17/24). The Red and Blue shot an outstanding 52.4 percent (33/63) from the floor and 50.0% from beyond the 19-foot arc (8/16).

Brown, which shot 40.7% in the second half - 32.7% for the game, was led by Sarah Delk's 12 points. Christiina Johnson added 11 points. These two players shot a combined 70.0% from the floor (7/10). Hannah Passafuime also had seven rebounds and Natalie Bonds blocked three shots.

Brown (1-10) was steady from the free throw line, making 15 of their 17 attempts (88.2%). Duquesne, meanwhile, struggled when the clock was stopped hitting just 10 of their 19 tries from the charity stripe.

Auburn, which beat the Dukes, 87-67, in the tournament opening round game, won the the championship via a 68-53 win over host Miami in tonight's finale.

The Dukes have one more non-conference game remaining. The Atlantic 10 Conference squad hosts Missouri (7-4) of the Big 12 Saturday, January 3, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.

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