PITTSBURGH– Playing its first home game in exactly one month, the Duquesne women’s basketball team returned to the A.J. Palumbo Center and fell by a 71-63 score to UCF on Wednesday night.
Senior guard Julijana Vojinovic led Duquesne (4-4) with 18 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Sophomore guard Libby Bazelak joined her in double figures with 12 points. Kay Kay Wright led UCF (8-1) with 21 points.
UCF got off to a strong start in this game scoring the game’s opening 13 points and never trailed at any point in the first half.
Duquesne appeared to struggle with UCF’s defense and had trouble defending the three, which the visitors shot 5-for-7 from deep in the first half.
Down 24-12 after one quarter of play, Duquesne got to work and opened the 10-minute period with a small lineup consisting of three guards, a smaller post in Halle Bovell and Kadri-Ann Lass, which seemed to catch UCF by surprise.
Before the quarter was over, Duquesne tied the game, but it was UCF which carried a 35-32 lead into the locker room.
Duquesne was able to claim its first lead of the game as part of a 12-5 run to open the third quarter. Duquesne appeared to have an extra step on defense, followed up misses and were able to corral 50-50 balls to maintain possession in the first 3:56 of the quarter to take the lead.
This advantage would last 4:26 of the third quarter, before UCF picked up its defensive intensity and forced Duquesne into contested shot selections, with the former retaking the lead in the process.
UCF showed some defensive letup early on in the fourth quarter and Duquesne elected to take early three-point looks, which did not go in. UCF was able to open 5-6 from the field, stretching its lead to 10 points.
Coming into the game, UCF conceded 53.8 points a game on defense, and Duquesne was unable to string together timely baskets.
Duquesne next plays Sunday as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The Dukes will face ETSU with a scheduled tipoff of 2:30 p.m. Duquesne lost to ETSU last season.
HIGHLIGHTS: UCF Pins 71-63 Setback on Dukes at Home pic.twitter.com/YjXEPSpvMq
— Duquesne Women's Basketball (@DuqWBB) December 13, 2018