Princeton runs over Duquesne women in opener
Duquesne women’s coach Dan Burt knew his team was in for a tough start to the season, and a 79-62 loss to Princeton in the opener Sunday proved him right.
Princeton led 36-26 at the half, and the Dukes did nothing to close the gap to begin the second. With 16:43 to play, the Tigers held a 43-31 lead, and Burt called a timeout, but that only led to a 7-0 run by Princeton. The Tigers kept the lead hovering around 20 points the rest of the game.
“Very simply, Princeton is a better team than what we are now,” Burt said. “They’re very talented, very experienced. They gave it to us pretty good. I thought we competed at times, but our margin of error with a young lineup is razor thin, and we can’t afford missed assignments, missed blockouts, and, frankly, to shoot the ball so poorly from 3-point line.”
Duquesne kept it close early and led 16-10 seven minutes in, but Princeton went on a 20-4 run that was indicative of how the game would unfold.
Junior point guard April Robinson led the team in scoring with 19 points, junior college transfer Deva’Nyar Workman had 10 points and six rebounds in her first Division I start, and sophomore Amadea Szamosi, also making her first start, had 12 points and six rebounds.
The Dukes shot just 37.5 percent from the floor in the second half and 39.3 percent for the game, and just 22.2 percent from 3-point range. Duquesne had won its last nine openers.
“We didn’t really execute our offenses,” Robinson said. “We had a lot of people break off our offense really early or shooting quick with a lot of time left on the shot clock, which weren’t really good shots. But those are all areas we can improve and be sure to execute our plays on Wednesday.”
Princeton, which opened its season by beating Pitt, 59-43, across town Friday leaves Pittsburgh with a 2-0 record. The Tigers have won the Ivy League and advanced to the NCAA Tournament the past four years, and last season, the Tigers were the highest scoring team in the league, averaging 75.7 points per game.
Michelle Miller led Princeton with 20 points, followed by Amanda Bertsen with 14 points and Alex Wheatley with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Dukes have two days to prepare to host No. 24 Syracuse on Wednesday. From there, they travel to Green Bay, picked to win the Horizon League for the seventh year in a row.