Dukes Rebound for 59-55 OT Win over Richmond

Duquesne's women's basketball team, behind senior Kristi Little's 21 points, survived a 15-point first half and took a 59-55 Atlantic 10 Conference win in overtime against Richmond in a nationally televised game Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

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The Dukes were down just eight points at the half despite 18 turnovers and 22 percent shooting,

The second half brought out a different Duquesne team. They equaled their first half total after just 6:48 had been played.

The Dukes, via a strong defense and an attacking offense, got the lead and extended it to as many as eight points before Richmond started chipping away and tied the game, 51-51, with 1:06 remaining.

The Red and Blue had the ball with the shot clock off, the score knotted at 53-all. Senior Kristi Little's jump shot with two seconds left bounded off the rim sending both teams to a five-minute overtime.

Duquesne broke the 55-55 tie when Little stole the ball from UR freshman Abby Oliver's dribble, took off the other way, and hit sophomore Kelly Britcher who was filling the lane for the game-winning score. Junior Rachel Frederick's layup sealed the win after freshman Alex Gensler rebounded Oliver's miss.

Duquesne stopped a three-game losing streak and raised its record to 12-9, 2-4 in A-10 play.

Little, who scored 12 consecutive Duquesne points in a three minute period and 19 of 21 after halftime, also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes of action. Junior Keri Pryor had team-highs of eight rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

Sophomore Samantha Pollino, who added 13 points, also had seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Gensler scored 12 points to go along with three steals.

Game Play

Duquesne went up, 8-4, five minutes in on Little's fastbeak layup.

Richmond tied the game at 11-11 on Danielle Bell's layup that started UR's 12-0 run. The Spiders had a 21-11 lead with 2:53 left in the first half.

Pollino's traditional three-point play on a strong move to the rim stopped the Dukes' 9:13 dry spell. The score at the half was 23-15.

Pryor and Pollino hit jumpers from the left wing in the first minute-and-a-half of the second half. Pollino tied the game at 25-25 with 17:18 left to play.

Little rebounded her own miss and fed Pryor who, at 16:12 of the second, hit another jump shot from the left wing for the Dukes' first lead, 27-25, since 11:37 of the first half.

Little took over Duquesne's scoring with 12 straight points in a three-minute period for a 41-37 lead with 10:18 to go.

After a short rest on the bench, Little hit a runner to give the Dukes their biggest lead, 47-39, with 6:32 remaining. Two baskets off UR offensive rebounds cut the lead in half, 47-43, 4:07 left in the game.

Crystal Goring, who had spent much of the second half on the bench with three fouls, took a pass in the paint and tied the game, 51-51, with 1:06 on the clock.

Little drove to the left for a layup that put the Dukes up, 53-51, with 47 seconds left. Nikita Thomas' layup tied the game with 25 seconds on the clock.

Duquesne never trailed in overtime. Little rebounded Goring's missed layup, streaked down the floor, and fed the lane-filling Britcher for a 55-53 lead. The pair repeated this play for the 57-55 edge. Frederick scored the final bucket with 0.2 seconds left.

Richmond (16-6, 4-3 A-10) was playing without team leader and leading scorer Brittani Shells. Rachel Billney, who hit two treys late in regulation, scored 10 points and Johanna McKnight recorded a team-high 11.

Goring topped all players with 10 rebounds and tied Pollino and Pryor with a pair of blocks. Three Spiders had two assists and a different trio had three steals apiece.

The Dukes complete the three-game homestand on Wednesday, February 4th against Saint Joseph's at 7:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.

Notes

  • Senior Kristi Little scored those 12 points on five drives to the bucket, two leading to three-point plays.
  • Little now has 1,102 career points, moving past Gail Williams's ('97) 1,083 into 13th place on Duquesne's all-time scoring list. No. 12 Chrissi Stoogh ('84) is next at 1,152.
  • Freshman Alex Gensler scored eight of Duquesne's first 11 points on two three-pointers and a layup.
  • Junior guard Keri Pryor didn't start for the first time this season because of a violation of team rules. She was replaced by another junior, Samantha Thompson, who got her first start of the season and 14th of her career.
  • Junior Rachel Frederick had surgery this week for her broken nose injured during the George Washington game. She wore a faceguard in warmups but scrapped it for the game. The former Mid-American Conference Rookie of the Year had two rebounds, a steal and three points in 28 minutes.
  • Richmond has a set of freshmen twins, Rachel and Samantha Bilney. Samantha, who had two surgeries on her right knee prior to joining the Spiders, injured her left one battling for an offensive rebound in the second half. Rachel's three-pointers came after that.
  • Richmond sophomore point guard Brittani Shells, the Spiders' leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, has a dislocated finger and didn't make the trip to Pittsburgh. She's accounted for 1/4 of the team's points and had averaged 19.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg against the Dukes in two games last year.
  • Two Spiders juniors, guard Kara Powell and forward Katie Holzer, haven't been available for head coach Michael Shafer all season because of knee injuries.
  • Duquesne won the rebounding battle, 41-38. Each team had 13 offensive rebounds.
  • Each team had 13 attempts from the foul line. Richmond made 10, two more than Duquesne.
  • Duquesne shot 53.3 percent in the second half and 60.0% in OT reversing a 21.7 percent opening period. They finished at 41.4% (24/58). UR hit 32.4 percent of their attempts (20/61).
  • Duquesne committed 31 turnovers that led to 24 UR points. The Dukes tallied 18 from Richmond's 28 miscues.
  • DU, which cut UR's series edge to 10-3, has won two of the last three meetings. Richmond took a 58-56 win in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last March.


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