Bonnies Hold Off Dukes for 61-55 Road Victory

Duquesne opened the game down 14 before scoring its second field goal yet had the lead with five-and-a-half to go only to see St. Bonaventure take a 61-55 Atlantic 10 Conference decision Wednesday night at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

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St. Bonaventure, which had been giving up just 56.2 points per game, held Duquesne, the league's top scoring offense at 70.8 ppg, to one under that average.

Duquesne, which opened 8-0 and had a 9-3 non-conference record, has now lost three in a row since taking Temple, 68-57, 10 days ago. The Dukes are now 11-9, 1-4 in league play.

Freshman Alex Gensler had a team-high 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. Senior Kristi Little added 10 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds. Junior Rachel Frederick had seven rebounds.

The Dukes shot 36.7 percent tonight, a titch better than the Bonnies' usual allowance to their opponents of 35.6 percent.

Duquesne, which places a lot of emphasis on its pressing defense, got 20 points off 21 SBU turnovers, 11 resulting from steals.

The start of the game was a study of opposites as the Bonnies rushed out to a 16-2 lead making all six shots from the field and both attempts from the foul line while the Dukes were successful just one of 11 attempts (9.1%).

Stepped-up defense by Duquesne powered a 12-0 run that was capped by a pair of treys from juniors Samantha Thompson and Eve Pyle, while St. Bonaventure was 0-for-5, to get the margin to 16-14 midway through the half.

The visitors rebuilt their advantage to eight points, 26-18, with 5:01 on the clock, and took a 30-26 lead at halftime.

Gensler's fastbreak jumper, created by her steal off SBU's Dana Mitchell, tied the game for the first time, 32-32, with 17:26 remaining. Little hit a pair of free throws three minutes later for the Dukes' first lead at 36-34.

Katelyn Murray's three-pointer returned the lead to the Bonnies, 45-43, with 6:58 on the clock. A minute-and-a-half later, Frederick's drive up the middle gave the Dukes their last lead at 49-47.

Mitchell three straight baskets gave the Bonnies' a 55-51 advantage with just under three minutes to go. Errica Schiffen hit Murray, who was cutting across the paint, for a traditional three-point play and a 59-53 edge with 55 seconds left. Duquesne missed its final six shots.

St. Bonaventure, which has now won seven of its last eight games, was led by Murray's 23 points and Mitchell's 16. Each averages in double figures, the only SBU players to do so.

Andrea Doneth had a game-best eight rebounds and team-best four assists.

The Bonnies are 15-5 and 4-1 in the A-10, the Brown and White's best conference start.

Duquesne continues its three-game homestand with a Super Bowl Sunday noon match with Richmond (16-5, 4-2). The February 1st game will be telecast on the CBS College Sports network.

Notes

  • Junior Rachel Frederick suffered a broken nose in Saturday's game at George Washington. The Ohio U. transfer played 23 minutes tonight without a face-mask.
  • After a 1-for-11 (9.1%) start in the first seven minutes of the game, Duquesne made 8-of-20 (40.0%) to finish the opening 20 minutes at 29.0 percent. DU shot 44.8 percent (19/29) in the second half.
  • The win cuts Duquesne's series lead to 26-13. The Bonnies have won the last four.
  • Duquesne gathered 38 rebounds to Bona's 32.
  • The Bonnies made 46.0% of its shots (23/50), half of its attempts from beyond the arc (6/12), though just 1-of-3 in the second half.
  • Little's layup as time was expiring put her in double figures.


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