The Duquesne women’s basketball team wrapped up non-conference play with a 73-66 defeat at Kent State Monday afternoon.
Kent State (3-2) opened the game making 9 of its first 12 three-point attempts and outscored Duquesne 20-10 in the second quarter.
Duquesne (2-3) cut its deficit to as low as two points in the contest, but could not get any closer, with its one lead in the contest coming when it scored the opening field goal of the game.
Laia Sole led all scorers with with 23 points and Amanda Kalin added 15 points of her own.
“Right now we’re in a growing period and I don’t see that ending anytime soon,” Burt admitted. “Growth is hard, and right now we have people that are being put in situations they’ve not been in before and they’re not having a whole lot of success. So us as coaches have to find other ways for them to have success and to grow as individuals and as a team.”
Duquesne last had a sub-.500 conference record in 2006-07, the last season of the Dan Durkin era.
“It’s a very difficult situation,” said Burt. “I don’t think I’ve been under .500 at Christmas ever. I did not expect this I expected us to be a little bit further along, and we’re not and you know Libby’s (Bazelak) not coming to the rescue. Somebody’s going to have to step up. Those kids are good kids. They say that your team a lot of times is a reflection of your head coach and people say I’m a nice guy. I think we’re a little too nice and and I don’t know the way that we can fix that so that we can get a little bit more nasty. I’m not sure what the answer is there right now.”
Hear more from Burt in this postgame interview.
Photo credit: Kent State Athletics