The Duquesne women’s basketball team pulled away from Siena in the second quarter to earn a 92-73 victory Tuesday night at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.
Naelle Bernard tied for Duquesne’s highest score (4-1) with 18 points and her five assists, both season-bests. Ayanna Townsend fired 18 points herself.
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Precious Johnson also had a season-high with her 17 points and tied for another season-high with eight rebounds.
Both Megan McConnell (15 points and 12 rebounds) and Amaya Hamilton (13 points and 11 rebounds) each recorded double doubles. This is McConnell’s third double-double of the season and Hamilton’s second of her career, while her 11 rebounds are a career high.
As a team, Duquesne had a season-best 22 assists and was 18-to-19 from the free-throw line.
In Siena (2-3), Elisa Mevius scored a career high with 20 points. Anajah Brown added 14 points and eight rebounds. Both Ahniysha Jackson and Teresa Seppala had 10 points each.
It was an up-and-down first quarter for both teams, with Siena scoring first on a 7-2 run and Mevius scoring their side’s first four points.
Duquesne was able to return serve and scored the next seven points, a run started by McConnell, who grabbed a steal and scored.
Ayanna Townsend scored six points during that period, with Naelle Bernard finding her twice on post-entry passes where an angle was detected.
It was a 22-21 lead in Duquesne’s favor after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, Siena briefly held a three-point lead until Duquesne went on a 12-0 run. Saints coach Jim Jabir took two time-outs during that run, leaving him with one for the game.
Jabir tried to get his defense to apply pressure from beyond the three-point line and between that failure and 11 fouls in the first half, his frustration resulted in Siena attempting to regroup twice.
Meanwhile, Duquesne assisted on 10 of 16 first-half baskets and Hamilton had 11 points at half-time, while both Johnson and McConnell were also in double figures.
Siena went cold in the third quarter, shooting 1-12 from the field and that mark came on a three-point basket from Mevius. Duquesne responded with a 13-0 run that also included Tess Myers’ first three of the night.
Though Mevius would score nine points in the third quarter, Duquesne’s defense kept the remaining Saints off the field with a 2-for-15 clip for the period.
After three quarters, Duquesne extended his lead to 70-50.
The fourth quarter was pretty academic.
Duquesne will leave the city of Pittsburgh for the first time this season when he plays Marshall at 1 p.m. on Sunday