After a 10-3 record through the non-conference slate, the Atlantic 10 opener for the Duquesne women’s basketball team on Saturday featured another team that had experienced just as much success.
UMass came to Pittsburgh with a matching 10-3 record in non-conference play, and in the first conference action of the season at La Roche University, the Minutewomen prevailed, 81-77.
The visitors took a 10-point lead into the half and extended their advantage to 18 after three quarters, but Duquesne rallied in the fourth to close the gap. The Dukes went on a 13-0 run to start the third quarter to close the gap to five points, but they couldn’t close the gap any further.
Nina Aho and Libby Bazelak each scored 16 points for the Dukes, striking often from outside. Aho was 3 of 6 from 3-point range while Bazelak was 4 for 9. Inside, Laia Sole had 13 points and six rebounds.
UMass took advantage on the fast break, scoring 18 points in transition while Duquesne only had four.
The Dukes will continue A10 play with a trip to George Washington on Wednesday. That game will have an 11 a.m. tip-off.