Duquesne rolls, hands Maine women’s basketball team its fifth straight loss

Posted Dec. 20, 2011, at 8:50 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Duquesne Dukes used 34 points off turnovers and 14 fast-break points to roll past the Maine Black Bears 76-38 in a women’s basketball game at the Gator Holiday Classic on Tuesday.

The Bears of the America East, now 3-8, suffered their fifth straight loss after committing 30 turnovers and not having any player break into double-digit scoring.

Courntey Anderson, Rebecca Knight and Kelsey Mattice each scored six points for Maine with Anderson and Mattice both bothered by turnover trouble, committing six and five, respectively.

Anderson did have three assists while Knight had two steals.

The Dukes of the Atlantic 10 improved to 10-1 while featuring a balanced scoring attack as Alex Gensler put in 15 points, Wumi Agunbiade added 12 and Orsi Szecsi netted 12.

Duquesne nailed 50.8 percent of its shots from the field (31-61), compared to Maine’s 30 percent (16-53). The Dukes also out-rebounded Maine 39-33 and compiled 14 assists while the Bears only had four.

The Dukes broke out on an 8-0 run midway through the first half for a 15-point edge on back-to-back layups by Carly Vendemia. The Black Bears responded as Mattice converted a conventional three-point play and Knight scored off an offensive rebound to cut Duquesne’s lead to 25-15.

The Dukes answered and increased their lead to 19 before Maine staged a 4-0 run to end the half. Anderson hit a jumper off the right elbow and Knight drove the lane to cut the lead to 38-23 at halftime.

The Dukes started the second half with a 24-11 scoring surge and outscored the Bears 38-15 in the half to pull away.

Maine plays its second game in the Gator Holiday Classic on Wednesday against the loser of Tuesday night’s game between Charleston Southern and tourney host Florida.

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