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Duquesne WBB Falters Down Stretch, Loses to Fordham, 83-62

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The Duquesne Women’s Basketball Team surrendered its highest point total this season, falling 83-62 at Fordham Saturday afternoon.

In the loss, Amaya Hamilton posted a 22-point performance, while teammate Precious Johnson recorded her third double-double of the season with her 11-point, 14-rebound effort. It was Johnson’s second consecutive double digit rebounding game and was one off a career high.

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Duquesne (12-6/2-3 Atlantic 10) also saw Megan McConnell put up 10 points and nine rebounds. All three of the Dukes conference losses have come on the road.

Fordham (12-6/4-1 A-10) had a double-double from Asiah Dingle, with her 24 points and 10 rebounds. Sarah Karpell contributed her career high of 18 points, while Anna DeWolfe (14) and Megan Jonassen (11) also reached double figures.

The Rams enjoyed a 40-26 points-in-the-paint advantage.

Duquesne started out as the aggressors in the first quarter as it converted three of its opening four shots from the field, going on a 6-2 run in the process. It would conclude the quarter 3-14.

Fordham would respond by scoring the next seven points and led by two possessions near quarter’s end, before Naelle Bernard made a move to the basket and converted a layup.

The Rams would be on top 15-12 after 10 minutes.

In the second quarter, both teams started out slowly, but Bernard would strike first picking up where she left off in the first quarter with a three-point basket.

Fordham again had a response with an 8-0 run, which could have been extended by a single point, but Dingle missed a free throw on a potential and-one play.

Duquesne was held scoreless for 3:09 of game action, a streak which ended when Bernard sank two foul shots.

Down by eight points, Duquesne went on a 9-0 run with Hamilton and Lauren Wasylson making triples at the end of the scoring barrage.

Fordham was held scoreless for 4:20, but had the last laugh, as a Jonassen layup allowed the Rams to lead 30-29 at halftime.

After a Fordham basket to open the third quarter, Tess Myers buried a three-point shot to tie the contest. That make would lead to a 7-2 run, after which both teams were scoreless for multiple minutes.

Duquesne would shoot 28.6% in the third quarter, its worst shooting output of the afternoon, as Fordham used a 13-4 run to seize control it would not relent for the remainder of this game.

The Fordham advantage would be 52-44 after three quarters.

Fordham’s 31 points in the final quarter were the most conceded by Duquesne this season, as the Dukes were not fast enough in transition to stop a Rams team which shot 60% in the closing 10 minutes, shaking off several made shots from their opponent.

Duquesne next hosts Saint Louis Wednesday at 6 p.m. as it looks to regroup.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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