Dukes Rebound For 68-57 Win Over Temple

Duquesne senior Kristi Little scored a career-high 30 points and broke the century mark for her career while leading the Dukes (11-6, 1-1) to a 68-57 victory over perennial Atlantic 10 Conference powerhouse Temple (10-6, 2-1) Sunday afternoon in the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

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Little (Altoona, Pa) hit 1,000 with 9:03 left in the first half and now has 1,027 points to move past Carol Burchlaw ('85 - 1,020) into 18th place on Duquesne's all-time scoring lint. Kristi made all 12 of her attempts from the charity stripe and had four assists and eight steals in 39 minutes of action.

Junior Keri Pryor (Morgantown, WV) had 13 points and three blocks. Freshman Alex Gensler (Pittsburgh, PA) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

The win evened second-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio's squad to 1-1 in league play, 11-6 on the season. The Dukes opened the '08-'09 A-10 campaign at Xavier this past Wednesday where they lost, 82-45, to the nation's number 24 team.

Duquesne missed its first eight shots before converting a pair of Temple turnovers into Prior layups that knotted the game at 4-4 with 16:46 on the first half clock.

While the Dukes' shooting stayed away from the hot faucet -- 2-of-20 for 10.0 percent through the first 10 minutes -- Temple took a 12-6 lead only to the see the Red and Blue tie the game at 12-12 on a Little drive for career point 1,0001.

Sophomore Samantha Pollino's (Johnstown, PA) fastbreak layup gave the hosts their first lead, 14-12. The Owls scored the next five points to regain a 17-14 advantage with 8:44 on the clock.

Duquesne had been 0-of-10 from beyond the arc until Samantha Thompson (Southampton, PA) and Little hit consecutive treys to get the Dukes within one. Little's 10-foot jumper tied the game at 24-all and her second trey put the Dukes back on top, 27-26, 3:03 to go before the break. Little's third three-pointer followed by her steal and fastback layup gave DU its largest lead of the opening period, 33-30, which was also the halftime score.

Temple scored nine straight points after the Dukes had extended the lead to 37-32. Little hit another three-pointer to stop that run and cut the Owls' lead to 41-40. Pryor's trey knotted the score at 43-43.

Thompson canned another three with 9:48 left to put the Dukes back on top 46-43, a lead Duquesne would not surrender the rest of the way.

Junior Rachel Frederick's (Gibsonia, PA) 3-pointer extended Duquesne's advantage to 61-55. Little hit six consecutive free throws in the final minute to seal the 11-point win.

Temple was led by Shenita Landry's double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. LaKeisha Eaddy and Shaqwedia Wallace each scored 13 and Kristen McCarthy added 11 points. Shanea Cotton had six of the Owls' 10 blocks.

Duquesne has two games on the road next week. DU takes on Dayton on Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the UD Arena and then heads to our nation's capital for a post-inauguration match with George Washington on Saturday, Jan. 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Smith Center.

Notes

  • Kristi Little, who scored 21 points against the Musketeers earlier in the week, raised her team leading average to 14.7 points per game.
  • Little was averaging 30.1 minutes per game, which Coach McConnell-Serio described as "only."
  • Duquesne shot 28.6 percent (20-70), attempting 12 more field goals than the 2008 A-10 runner-ups.
  • The Dukes made 9-of-15 treys after missing the first 10 from three-point range.
  • Duquesne outrebounded the Owls, 46-45, and had 20 offensive rebounds.
  • The Dukes scored 34 points off Temple's 26 turnovers. DU had 15 miscues.
  • The Dukes closed the game with a 15-6 run.
  • The last time the Dukes defeated the Owls was a 61-51 victory on Jan. 23, 2000.
  • Temple's lead in the series is now 27-11.
  • Former Duquesne head coach Dan Durkin is an assistant on first year coach Tonya Cardoza's staff at Temple.
  • Temple, which had made 32.4 percent of its three-point attempts, eighth in the league, was 0-for-14 this afternoon.


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