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Duquesne Defeats Saint Louis, 72-61

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Eleven three-pointers by Duquesne were enough to defeat Saint Louis, 72-61, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday night. It was the Dukes’ second conference win of the season, as they are now 2-4 in the Atlantic 10. Overall, Duquesne is 7-11 on the season.

The Dukes got dominated on the boards, as they were out-rebounded 44-28 by Saint Louis (5-10, 1-2). But the difference in the game was Duquesne’s exceptional perimeter play by their guards.

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The Dukes were led by Amaya Hamilton, who scored 18 points. Hamilton was one of four guards who scored double-digits for Duquesne on the night. Lizzie Bazelak (17 points), Megan McConnel (10 points), and Tess Myers (10 points) were the other guards who put up double-digits. Ciaja Harbinson led Saint Louis with 21 points and was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. The Billiken’s made 12 of their 15 free-throws (80.0%), while Duquesne struggled at the foul line, going 10-of-18 (55.6%).

Saint Louis made just four three-pointers compared to the Dukes’ 11 triples. Duquesne shot 25-of-59 (42.4%) from the field, while Saint Louis was 23-of-55 (41.8%).

Duquesne led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. All of the Dukes’ points in the first quarter were three-pointers, as they didn’t make a single two-point shot from the field. Two of the Dukes’ five three-pointers came from Tess Myers.

Duquesne and Saint Louis continued to go back and forth in the second quarter, and the Dukes went into halftime with a narrow 29-27 lead following a layup by Lizzie Bazelak at the buzzer.

While the Dukes shot lights out from behind the arc, 18 of Saint Louis’ 27 points in the first half came in the paint. Natalie McNeal led Saint Louis with eight points. The Billiken’s were 10-of-36 (38.5%) from the field and were 0-of-2 on three-point attempts.

Saint Louis took a timeout at the 7:08 minute mark in the third quarter after the Dukes went on a 5-0 run and took a 34-29 lead. Saint Louis answered with a 5-0 run and cut the Dukes’ lead to 36-34 with 5:51 left in the third quarter. A jumper by Amaya Hamilton and a three-pointer by Precious Johnson enhanced the Dukes’ lead to 41-34. After going on a 13-2 run at the end of the quarter, the Dukes went into the fourth quarter with a 51-38 lead.

After going on a scoring drought for nearly three minutes, Myers made a jumper to increase the Dukes’ lead to 60-48. On the next possession, Hamilton drained a three-pointer to put Duquesne up 63-48 with 4:34 remaining. Hamilton’s three-pointer was the 11th triple of the night for the Dukes. After trailing 64-51 with 3:48 left, Saint Louis stormed back and went on a 9-0 run to cut Duquesne’s lead to 64-60 with 1:03 remaining. The Dukes were able to hold off Saint Louis’ run after five converted three-throws by Bazelak and Duquesne secured a 71-62 victory. Saint Louis outscored Duquesne 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

Duquesne’s next game is on Wed. Jan. 26, against George Mason at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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