Connect with us
PSN is sponsored by Beaver County Auto

Duquesne Women's Basketball

Six Tess Myers 3’s Lift Duquesne to Win; Dan Burt Ties Program Wins Record

Published

on

PITTSBURGH — With the Dukes defeating Kent State, 73-67, on Wednesday night at the UPMC Cooper Field House, head coach Dan Burt tied the all-time Duquesne record for wins by a head coach (Dan Durkin 176).

“I’ve tied a milestone, I haven’t set a milestone yet,” Burt said. “We’ll celebrate in some form when that happens. I’m not going to downplay it, I’ll tell you that I reflect back. When you tie a record like this, you clearly reflect back at the kids that you’ve coached, the people that you’ve coached with, the people that have made this happen. … I always say for a dumb country boy from Lone Pine to be in this place, I’m incredibly lucky to be a Division 1 head coach in my hometown and have success. But we haven’t set a record yet. We got to continue to win and move forward.”

Duquesne basketball on Pittsburgh Sports Now is sponsored by The Summit Academy: setting young men on the path to a better future.

Setting young men on the path to a better future.

Burt wasn’t the only one to reach a milestone on Wednesday night, as Tess Myers (23 points) and Amaya Hamilton (22 points) both scored career highs. Hamilton also had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Megan McConnell had a standout performance as well — recording 11 points, eight assists, two steals and a block. All of Myers points came off three pointers, converting 6 of 8 from downtown. While Hamilton was 10 of 17 from the field and 1 of 1 from behind the arc.

“Once I got to college, it just kind of became a part of my player identity, I guess,” Myers said on her knack for three pointers. “All of us as a team, we have a shot challenge throughout the summer, throughout preseason. And, I think as a team just preseason from August until the end of October, we got over 56,000 makes. So, just empathizing on that, and obviously my teammates driving and kicking out to me. They had a hard time guarding Amaya. Eventually they were going to sync in on her, and getting the ball, kicking it out, the shots were open.”

Meyers dropping six three pointers isn’t surprising to Burt, as she works tirelessly to perfect her craft.

“There’s a gym, a YMCA in New Kensington. It’s a little hotbox. Her and her dad have spent countless hours over the years in that gym to perfect that shooting stroke,” Burt said. “Tess Myers is as good as a three-point shooter in the Atlantic-10 and one of the best in then nation. That’s no accident that she was 6 for 8 from the three-point line.  That’s  thousands of hours of time in the gym.”

Burt also gave praise to Hamilton for stepping up and providing a spark for the Dukes.

“From a players standpoint, obviously, this is Amaya Hamilton’s best game,” Burt said. “You could look at the double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, but you can look more at the defensive job that she did today, which was outstanding.”

After a back and forth first quarter, Kent State broke through and went on an 11-0 run to take a 37-33 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half. The Golden Flashes drained three triples on the scoring spree. The Dukes were exceptional from behind the arc in the first quarter, converting 4 of 5, but the offense stalled in the second by going scoreless during a five-minute stretch. Megan McConnell ended the drought with a nifty layup to cut Kent State’s lead to 37-35. Kent State guard Corynne Hauser nailed a three-pointer with 49 seconds remaining in the second half to give the Golden Flashes a 44-39 advantage at halftime.

Hannah Young led Kent State with 12 points in the first half, while Tess Myers and Amaya Hamilton were the Dukes leading scorers with 10 points each. Kent State was 16 of 31 (51.6%) from the field and 10 of 19 (52.6%) on three pointers. Six different Kent State players converted a three-pointer, with Young accounting for four of them. Duquesne was 15 of 31 (48.4%) from the field and 6 of 10 (60%) from behind the arc. Myers led the Dukes with three triples.

The Dukes went on a 7-0 run early in the third quarter to tie the game at 46-46. Myers made her fifth triple of the game to extend Duquesne’s lead to 51-47, but Clare Kelly answered with a three-pointer of her own. After trading scoring possessions, the Dukes and Golden Flashes went into the fourth quarter tied up at 58-58.

Duquesne went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter, getting two baskets from Hamilton and a score by Naelle Bernard. The Dukes defense was superb in the fourth quarter, giving up only nine points. Myers’ sixth three-pointer of the game was pretty much the dagger, as it put the Dukes up 69-62 with 1:30 remaining.

With the Dukes down some players on Wednesday night, Burt credited his team for digging deep and pulling out a gritty win.

“Incredible grit,” Burt said about the fourth-quarter defensive performance. “In the first two quarters, Kent State had 44 points and they made 10 or 11 threes. They average seven a game. I always say when a team averages six or seven, they can’t make enough threes to beat you. As we went into the tunnel at halftime, I was thinking to myself this might be the case where they might be able to beat us. How we locked down defensively in the third and fourth, I was really happy with to only give up 23 (points) in those two. We did a really nice job, and Rick Bell and Frank Ferraro, who run our defense just had right call after right call. The kids, they just sat down (and) guarded. Sometimes you had to put them on an island where they weren’t able to (get) help because the way Kent State plays.  When you can guard like that one-on-one on an island and have the success that we do, there’s a lot of kudos that go to our players tonight.”

Duquesne improved to 7-2 with the win over Kent State. The Dukes next game is against Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
Click to comment
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Get PSN in your inbox!

Enter your email and get all of our posts delivered straight to your inbox.

 
Like Pittsburgh Sports Now on Facebook!
Send this to a friend