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Duquesne Women’s Basketball Wins First Game, 60-47 Over Lafayette

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The Duquesne Women’s Basketball Team earned its first victory of the season, besting Lafayette 60-47 Sunday afternoon at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Fatou Pouye led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, scoring 11 of those in the final quarter.

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Teammate Megan McConnell set career high in rebounds with 13 and secured her first double-double with 13 points.

Both Amaya Hamilton and Tess Myers both scored 11 points.

Lafayette was paced by Jessica Booth’s 17 points. Makayla Andrews added 10 points of her own.

Duquesne (1-2) got off to a strong start, opening on a 16-0 run and holding Lafayette to four shots in that time.

It was McConnell and Myers who powered the offense, while the defense was able to shorten several possessions with active hands and bodies ready.

All told, it took Lafayette nearly seven minutes to get its first basket as Booth was the one who scored on a layup. Duquesne was quick to reply as Fatou Pouye drained a three-point shot attempt.

Booth’s score seemed to provide fuel for a Lafayette side which cut its deficit to 21-11 after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, Lafayette cut its disadvantage in half, but Duquesne held the Leopards to nine points.

Shortly before the first half expired, McConnell turned a turnover into a three-point basket, allowing Duquesne to hold a 30-20 advantage.

Coming out of the locker room, Lafayette continued chipping away at the lead, trailing by six points, before Duquesne started to find another gear.

Amaya Hamilton was able to convert a field goal and started a 10-0 run, which also included an and-one play from McConnell.

The fourth saw Duquesne not face much adversity as far as the score was concerned.

Pouye was able to team with Laia Sole on multiple high-low actions to keep Duquesne’s offense in a rhythm.

Duquesne will once again take to the road as Wednesday it faces Longwood at 11 a.m. The contest will be televised by ESPN+.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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