ST. LOUIS – The Duquesne women’s basketball team recorded its 500th program victory after defeating Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon 59-47.
Wumi Agunbiade led the Dukes with a double-double of game-highs 17 points and 10 rebounds. She was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. April Robinson scored 11 and Raegan Moore 10 for Duquesne who improve to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Desirae Ball led SLU (5-11, 0-3 A-10) with 13 points.
The first 12 minutes of the 1st half was low-scoring, with both teams only making four field goals and the Dukes leading 11-9. An Agunbiade jumper at the 1:23 mark gave the Dukes its largest lead of the half – eight points at 29-21. The Billikens closed out the half by scoring the last four points, sending the game into halftime with Duquesne leading 29-25.
SLU quickly tied the game up at 29-29 in the opening minute of the 2nd half. Ball’s fade-away jumper at 18:13game the Billikens its first lead since the 6:43 mark of the 1st half. The lead lasted only 23 seconds as Robinson drained a 3-pointer on the next possession. Olivia Bresnahan and Agunbiade would follow with baskets to give the Dukes a 36-31 lead with 16:25 to play. A Moore 3-pointer at 8:47 gave the Dukes’ its first 10-point lead of the game at 47-37. A pair of Agunbiade foul shots at 2:24 gave Duquesne its largest lead of the game at 15 points – 49-45.
“We played this afternoon’s game very well – we got a lot of steals and deflections. I definitely feel good about the way we defended,” said head coach Dan Burt.
The Dukes forced 21 Saint Louis turnovers and held them to 20 percent shooting from 3-point range.
“We had good looks in the 1st half, but the ball just didn’t go in. We definitely shot the ball better in the 2nd half.”
Duquesne was 11-of-24 shooting in the 2nd half after going 8-of-27 in the 1st half.
“Although we did not play our best game of the season, we persevered and came away with an important road conference victory by double digits.”
“It is an honor to be part of a program that has now won 500 games. I think all of our student athletes feel something about being part of it as well.”
The Dukes return home to the Palumbo Center looking for victory #501 next week for games against Massachusetts (Jan. 15/7:00 p.m.) and Rhode Island (Jan. 18/2:00 p.m.)