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Bazelak’s Game-Winning Free Throw Leads Dukes over Temple

Bazelak’s Game-Winning Free Throw Leads Dukes over Temple

Libby Bazelak made a free throw with seven seconds remaining to give Duquesne a 54-53 victory over Temple on Wednesday to wrap up the non-conference portion of the Dukes’ schedule.

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Paige Cannon made one of two free throws with 44 seconds left to tie the game, but Temple’s Alliya Butts missed a 3-pointer, Bazelak grabbed the rebound and was fouled 20 seconds later to set up the key free throws to win the game.

Bazelak finished with 12 points, tied with Kadri-Ann Lass and Julijana Vojinovic for the team lead. She also grabbed 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

The Dukes fell behind, 13-9 in the first quarter, before rallying in the second and third quarters to enter the deciding frame tied, 42-42.

Both teams struggled to shoot, with the victorious Dukes shooting 31 percent from the floor and Temple shooting 31 percent.

Duquesne forged an advantage from beyond the 3-point arc, where the Dukes were 6 of 20 (30 percent). Bazelak was 3 for 6 from long range, Vojinovic was 2 of 5 and Amanda Kalin was 1 of 3.

The Dukes also took advantage at the free-throw line, taking 16 trips to the charity stripe and coming away with 12 points.

Duquesne (6-7) enters Atlantic-10 play on Saturday with a trip to St. Bonaventure.

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