DUKES PULL AWAY FROM VCU, PARKS IN SECOND HALF

FINAL: Duquesne 77, VCU 65

RECORDS:
Duquesne 14-6 (6-1 A-10), VCU 16-4 (4-3 A-10)

THE BASICS
  • Senior Robyn Parks poured in 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead VCU, but Duquesne pulled away midway through the second half for its sixth conference win in seven tries.
  • Freshman Keira Robinson added 19 for the Rams. She scored 16 points in the first half alone as VCU trailed 40-39 at the break.
  • Five Duquesne players scored in double figures, including Raegan Moore, who provided 21, and April Robinson, who added 11 of her 20 points in the second half.
  • The Dukes committed just 13 turnovers, the fewest by a VCU opponent this season, and outscored the Rams 25-14 off turnovers.  Duquesne also owned a 46-39 advantage on the glass.
  • With the victory, the Dukes avenged a 71-68 loss to the Rams on Jan. 4 in Pittsburgh.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Duquesne used a balanced 12-3 run midway through the second half to take a commanding 66-56 lead with 7:24 remaining. A 3-pointer by Jessica Pellechio with 3:40 left pulled the Rams within 70-63, but VCU could get no closer. VCU missed its final seven field goal attempts.  
  • The first half was a see-saw affair and featured seven ties and 14 lead changes. VCU took its final lead of the game at 43-41 on a layup by Melanie Royster with 18:48 remaining. The Dukes scored the next six points, including a pair of jumpers by Wumi Agunbiade to grab a 47-43 lead they would not relinquish.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Duquesne's five starters accounted for 75 of its 77 points. Amadea Szamosi scored the only bucket off the bench for the Dukes.
  • VCU came into the game averaging 13.2 steals per game, second-best in the nation, but produced just seven Wednesday.  
  • Parks topped 20 points for the third straight game and for the 15th time this season.
 

WHAT'S AHEAD

The Rams return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. when they host George Mason at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

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