Duquesne women keep pace in Atlantic 10 race with win


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Duquesne remains a game out of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference after using a balanced scoring attack to beat the Richmond Spiders, 59-54, Sunday afternoon at Palumbo Center.

Four scored in double figures, including 14 points apiece on 6-of-9 shooting by Jocelyn Floyd and April Robinson, as the Dukes (19-4, 8-1) notched their second win in a row after their first conference loss to Charlotte Feb. 3.

A layup by Floyd with 4:42 left in the first half gave Duquesne a 22-21 lead and sparked an 8-0 run from which it never looked back.

Despite losing the rebound battle, 39-33, the Dukes netted 15 second-chance points and forced Richmond (12-13, 2-7) into 22 turnovers.

Leading scorer Wumi Agunbiade contributed only five points, and the Duquesne bench just three, but Vanessa Abel scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half and Orsi Szecsi added 11 to pick up the slack.

Back-to-back jump shots by Abel, who also contributed six assists, gave the Dukes their largest lead of the game at 36-27 with 15:50 remaining in the second half.

Kristina King led all scorers with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and Rachael Bilney added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Spiders.

The Dukes face Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. Wednesday to cap a three-game homestand before getting their first shot at Atlantic 10-leading Dayton Feb. 18 in the first of three consecutive road games.

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