Dukes Take Down The Mount, 88-63

Sophomore Alex Gensler's career-high 21 points led Duquesne's women's basketball team to an 88-63 victory over Mount St. Mary's (1-1) Wednesday night at the Palumbo Center in the Red & Blue's home opener. Duquesne is now 3-0.

Box Score

Alex Gensler, who was 6-of-8 from three-point range, added four assists, two rebounds, a steal and one blocked shot.

Junior Kelly Britcher (6-9 from the floor) added 14 points and senior Rachel Frederick and Keri Pryor each scored 13 points.

college transfer Diana Voynova, in 15 minutes off the bench, tied for the game-highs with seven rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore point guard Jaclyn Babe, who has taken the lead spot vacated by All A-10er Kristie Little, led all players with seven assists against just two turnovers. Babe, Britcher, and sophomore Vanessa Abel each had two steals.

The Dukes made 30-of-61 from the floor (49.2%) and hit 52.4 percent (11/21) from three-point range. The Dukes sank their first 13 free throws and finished at 70.8% (17/24) from the stripe.

Babe hit a jumper 13 seconds into the game to give the hosts the 2-0 lead , an advantage the Red & Blue would not surrender this evening.

A jump shot from Pryor, after Lauren Howell's tying score, and Gensler's first three-pointer gave the Dukes a 7-2 edge, 18:34 on the clock. (The Mount's only tie was at 2-2.)

Another trey from Gensler at 11:07 started a 17-5 run that put the Dukes up, 38-23, with just over four minutes before the break. Tara Lonergan's free throw cut the margin to 40-28 with exactly one minute remaining. Frederick's three pointer and freshman Jocelyn Floyd's put back accounted for the final five points of the period and a 45-28 lead.

A Lonergan jumper at 13:39 of the second half cut the Mount's deficit to 54-42. The Northeast Conference team wouldn't get that close again as the Dukes responded with a 7-0 run, a 20-5 span overall, for a 72-47 advantage with 8:36 left. That 25 points was also the final spread, 88-63.

Mary Dunn led the Mount with 13 points. Sandra Andresson scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. Jamie Halloran blocked three shots, Hassanah Oliver dished out five assists, and Salina Mann was credited with two steals.

The Mount shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the floor, 22.2% (2/9) beyond the arc, and 56.7 percent (17/30) from the charity stripe.

Mount St. Mary's was assessed 19 fouls to the Dukes' 25; the refs were very attentive to off-the-ball contact. The Mount had just a one-rebound edge over Duquesne (38/3&) as compared to 44-29 last season in DU's 66-59 victory.

Duquesne assisted on 24 of their 30 baskets while the Mount had 12 assists and 19 turnovers, a 0.63 a/to ratio. Duquesne scored 22 points from MSM miscues and with 14 TOs of their own, finished with a 1.57 a/to ratio.

The Dukes are back on the road for their next action on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. against the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania (0-2) in the fabled Palestra. Last Friday, the Dukes battled the Ivy's Cornell Big Red for a 74-69 season opening win in Ithaca, N.Y.

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