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Duquesne women coast past Robert Morris

Karen Price

The Duquesne women’s basketball team led from Alex Gensler’s opening 3-point shot, and Robert Morris was never in the game in a 61-34 win for the Dukes on Sunday at Sewall Center.

Gensler led Duquesne (3-1) with 17 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman Wumi Agunbiade had 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals, and Samantha Polino had 10 points. The Dukes outscored the Colonials, 32-16, in the paint and 17-0 on second-chance points.

They had a double-digit lead eight minutes into the game and led, 37-21, at the half.

“Right now we have players making shots on the perimeter, which opens up our inside game,” Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “When we go inside and they go to double-team our post players, we’re there for kickouts on the perimeter. We struggled against their zone a year ago, and coming into this game that’s what we were prepared for.”

Duquesne, whose only loss came at then-No. 10 West Virginia, continues its stretch of six straight road games Thursday at Akron.

Robert Morris (0-5) has only two returning starters and bears little resemblance to the team that upset Duquesne, 69-61, last year.

The Colonials shot just 18.5 percent in the second half, were 0 for 8 from 3-point range and scored just 13 points after intermission. They turned the ball over 26 times and had only one player score in double figures — Yohanna Morton, who had 12 points.

Robert Morris scored one point during a seven-minute span in the second half, and has six points in the final six minutes of the game.

“We’re struggling to find everything; it’s not just our offense,” Robert Morris coach Sal Buscaglia said. “We lost a lot of key players, and the two kids we have back weren’t our go-to players. We lost all our go-to players, and that makes you a work in progress.”

With 12 of its first 14 games on the road, Robert Morris won’t be home until Jan. 15.


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