Mizzou Tops Dukes Despite Little's 24 Points

Duquesne senior Kristi Little's career-high 24 points wasn't enough as Missouri led for all but six minutes of the first half on the way to their seventh straight win, 76-65, over the Dukes Saturday afternoon at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

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In addition to Little's game-high 24 points, the 5-foot-4 point guard had five rebounds, four assists and four steals for Duquesne, which closes non-conference play with a 10-5 record.

Junior Rachel Frederick, an Ohio University transfer, was 10-for-10 from the charity stripe as she scored 17 points and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

    In this week's three games, Little averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals while Frederick's numbers are 11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.0 apg and 91.7 percent from the free throw line and has made 30 of her past 32 attempts.

Missouri forward Jessra Johnson's three-pointer started the point flow nine seconds into the game. Little's fastbreak layup at 18:43 gave the hosts their first lead, 4-3, and Frederick's trey resulted in the largest, 7-3, with 17:41 on the clock.

Alyssa Hollins canned a three to put Missouri on top, 15-12. DU regained the edge on Frederick's fast break layup, 16-15, 12:05 before the break. That was DU's last lead though they tied the score once more, 18-18, on a pair of Frederick free throws. Mizzou outscored the Dukes, 22-10, from then on for the halftime score of 40-28.

Another pair of Frederick free throws got the Atlantic 10 Conference team within seven, 44-37, with 16:21 left. Alex Gensler's trey at 10:18 put the score at 55-47.

Marissa Scott's layup capped a 9-0 run that gave the Big 12 Conference squad a 69-51 edge with 6:18 left to play. The final margin, 11 points, was Duquesne's best after that.

Hollins led the 8-4 Tigers with 19 points. RaeShera Brown topped all players with nine rebounds and Johnson had game-highs of five assists and three blocks.

The Dukes have a week-and-a-half off before opening the Atlantic 10 schedule on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, against Xavier at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.

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