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Duquesne WBB Secures 10 Win Non-Conference Slate

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The Duquesne Women’s Basketball Team finished off its first 10-win non-conference slate since the 2019-20 season with a 68-55 victory over Howard Wednesday afternoon.

Duquesne (10-3) was led by Tess Myers who had 21 points and once again paces the nation in three-point baskets as her six Wednesday give her 47 on the season.

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Precious Johnson potentially had her best all-around game as a Duke with nine points, a personal-best 15 rebounds and another career high of six assists.

Megan McConnell added 10 points in the victory. Duquesne won the rebounding battle 45-39.

Howard (3-9) saw Aziah Hudson compiling 19 points and teammate Brooklyn Fort-Davis completed play with 17 points of her own.

Duquesne went on an early 11-0 run to start the opening quarter as for 3:27 the Bison were held off of the scoreboard. The Dukes set the tone with four assists on as many made baskets.

It was a deep-ball connection that allowed Duquesne to thrive in the first quarter, as it buried five three-point baskets and assisted on seven of eight baskets.

After Myers beat the buzzer, the Dukes led 23-7 after 10 minutes.

It would be much of the same in the second quarter as Duquesne built on its connection, running in transition and consistently finding the open player to press forward.

At halftime, Duquesne led Howard 41-21. As part of that advantage, it connected on eight triples, which not only was the most it amassed in a first half this season, but a higher output than five of its full games.

Duquesne coach Dan Burt always challenges his team to win each quarter, treating each as if it is a fresh one, but it fell short, losing the third quarter after two free throws were buried in the closing seconds. All told, the Dukes held onto a 56-38 advantage.

The quarter also saw McConnell pursue a loose ball to the right side of the court as she collided by the seating area. She was able to head to the sideline supported by a trainer and did not return.

Howard twice cut its deficit to as low as 12 points in the final quarter, but the disadvantage was too much to overcome.

Duquesne will look to close out 2022 in positive fashion, as it begins Atlantic 10 play with a Dec. 31 contest at Rhode Island.

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Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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