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Duquesne WBB Earns Commanding 69-38 Victory Over St. Bonaventure

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The Duquesne Women’s Basketball Team led wire-to-wire, in besting St. Bonaventure 69-38 Wednesday evening at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Naelle Bernard led the way for Duquesne (12-5/2-2 Atlantic 10) with her career-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Her six three-point field goals matched a personal best. Amaya Hamilton earned her fourth double-double this season with 12 points and 13 rebounds, the latter of which tied a career best.

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Megan McConnell earned her seventh double-double of the season with her 12 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Precious Johnson pulled 10 rebounds, good for the third time she has amassed a double-digit rebounding total. Ayanna Townsend also got in the box score with her 12 points.

Duquesne pulled down 56 rebounds as a team, besting its preseason season high by one board and with the 38 points conceded, surrendered a season low.

St. Bonaventure (3-16/0-4 A-10) saw Nadechka Laccen lead the way with her nine points and nine rebounds.

Duquesne got off to a fast start opening on a 9-0 run, which extended to 14-3 before St. Bonaventure called a timeout.

In the run, four starters grabbed a rebound and Bernard had eight points, while the Bonnies were flinging shots on the basket early in the shot clock.

Duquesne was able to keep a fast pace and possessed a high level of vocality, while Townsend was able to establish a post presence in the first quarter with six points.

Defensively, Duquesne held St. Bonaventure to five first-quarter points, the fewest conceded in an opening stanza this season and fourth time this season an opponent was held to a single-digit output in the beginning 10 minutes.

Duquesne’s 20-5 advantage, saw the Dukes shoot 46.7% from the field, while the Bonnies made two shots from the field.

It was a lower-scoring second quarter, with both teams struggling to get into an offensive rhythm. All told, Duquesne was still able to contain a St. Bonaventure side which made four shots in 34 the half, as the Dukes held the Bonnies to 11 first-half points, a season low by an opponent.

Duquesne led 36-11 at half.

Reilly Sunday made an impact in the third quarter, passing to Tess Myers for a three-point basket and then on the next trip down, maintained her dribble, finding Townsend in traffic for an and-one play.

Duquesne’s lead extended to 55-24 after three quarters.

In the final quarter, Duquesne flirted with holding St. Bonaventure to the lowest point total allowed in the Dan Burt era, which was 33 points, but some late baskets eliminated that possibility.

Duquesne’s next game is Saturday at Fordham, a 2 p.m. tip which will be carried by ESPN+.

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