PITTSBURGH — It has been an up and down season for the Duquesne women’s basketball team.
Wednesday night’s effort against Atlantic 10 opponent Davidson was more of the latter than the former.
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Davidson held Duquesne to a 33.3 percent shooting clip on the evening and won, 62-47, dropping the Dukes to 3-3 at home games for the 2018-19 season.
Senior guard Chassidy Omogrosso and redshirt junior forward Paige Cannon paced Duquesne with 10 points. Omogrosso’s effort allowed her to surpass Alex Gensler for sixth on Duquesne’s all-time scoring list.
Davidson was led by sophomore forward Sarah Donovan’s double-double, consisting of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Justine Lyon added 15 points off the bench, 11 of which came in the first half.
One of Duquesne’s biggest consistencies this seasons has involved starting most of its games slowly, but that was not the case Wednesday as it held an 18-12 advantage near the end of the first quarter.
Davidson was able to stay in the game by moving the ball with composure and created ball movement that created opportunities for high-percentage shots.
Davidson was able to create second-quarter separation by playing together and moving the ball while Duquesne shot 23.1 percent from the field. Duquesne managed one assist in the second quarter.
Duquesne coach Dan Burt rotated post players in and out during that first half. Cannon scored the game’s opening four points and Kadri-Ann Lass added a basket, but the post shot a combined 23.1 percent from the field.
Davidson was able to hold the lead for much of the second quarter despite 11 first half turnovers.
For the most part it was a challenging third quarter for both teams, but Davidson was able to break out of its funk while Duquesne was not.
The Wildcats went on an 8-0 run to bring their lead up to double digits and Duquesne called a timeout. Duquesne shot 8.3 percent from the field in the third quarter and only managed three foul shots.
Duquesne attempted to come back using a 7-0 run to cut the Davidson lead to eight points but a Katie Turner basket and foul brought the Wildcat advantage back into double digits.
Davidson was able to maintain its double-digit advantage, winning the fourth quarter 14-13.
Duquesne will continue conference play with a trip to Fairfax, Virginia for a Sunday afternoon tilt against George Mason.
Dan Burt Postgame Presser