Dukes Fall to #24 Xavier in A-10 Opener

CINCINNATI - The Duquesne women's basketball team dropped the 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference opener 82-45 Wednesday night at #24 Xavier.

Kristi Little scored a game-best 21 points for the Dukes who fell to 10-6, 0-1 on the season.

Dee Dee Jernigan (11 points, 15 rebounds) and April Phillips (10 points, 10 rebounds) recorded double-doubles for XU who improved to 14-4, 2-0.

The Dukes started out the game by taking a 12-6 lead. The Musketeers countered with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to take an 18-12 advantage with 12:05 remaining in the half. DU would not recover Little scored the last 11 points of the half for DU who took a 38-23 deficit into halftime.

Duquesne opened the second half with a 9-2 run, trimming the Xavier lead to 43-32 after a Keri Pryor 3-pointer. But the Dukes would not score for almost five minutes as the Musketeer lead was 22 points at the 12:13 mark.

XU would take a 39 point advantage with 1:36 left in the game.

Xavier dominated on the boards outrebounding Duquesne 32-11 in the first half and 60-23 for the game. In addition to Jernigan and Philips, Special Jennings recorded double-figures with 13 rebounds.

In addition to the boards, the Musketeers commanded the paint outscoring the Dukes 42-12. The Xavier bench outscored the Duquesne bench 38-2.

DU struggled from the from floor, resulting in a season-low 2564 percent (16-of-64) shots. They converted 15.4 percent (4-of-26) from beyond the arc.

Sunday afternoon, the Dukes return to Palumbo Center to host Temple. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • Little has scored 997 career points, needing only three more to become the 19th member of the Duquesne 1,000 club
  • The Dukes committed a season-high 11 turnovers
  • DU's 23 rebounds were a season-low
  • This was XU's seventh straight win over Duquesne, who fell to 7-20 all-time against the Musketeers.