Women face tougher test tomorrow
Alex Gensler shoots a three against George Washington in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. She finished the game with 14 points. Courtesy Mitch Leff / Atlantic 10
Orsi Szecsi scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the Dukes first round win over George Washington. Courtesy Mitch Leff / Atlantic 10
With Temple in the audience, the Duquesne women's basketball did what they needed to do in their 69-55 victory over George Washington; they dominated from start to finish and showed the Temple women's team that the Dukes are not to be counted out.
The Dukes converted on 22 George Washington turnovers for 33 points and outrebounded the Colonials 41-21. They went on a 11-0 run in the first half highlighted by Wumi Agunbiade's 12 point performance in the first. They showed the Owls scouting in the audience that the Dukes are not a stepping stone to the championship, they are a challenge.
The Dukes lost to Temple 67-64 on Temple's home court on Jan. 18. The game between the Dukes and the Owls was back and forth and showed how evenly matched the two teams are. The Dukes were even neck and neck with the Owls without point guard Vanessa Abel, who will not play tomorrow still with a stress fracture in her patella.
Alex Gensler said that she thinks Temple is more hesitant about the team heading into tomorrow's game.
"I think they're [Temple] definitely a little nervous, especially because the last game against them was a three-point game," Gensler said. "So, I think they're a little nervous for tomorrow."
Gensler had no points in the match-up against Temple earlier this season, while guard Jocelyn Floyd had 18 and forwards Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi had 15 and 10 respectively.
The game tomorrow is deja vu for the two teams as Temple upended Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 championship quarterfinals 63-54 in 2010. The Dukes trail in the Owls all-time 31-11and only have one win against them in the past 11 years which came in 2009 at home.
Duquesne will face the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year Shey Peddy tomorrow at 5 p.m. Peddy also received the honor of being the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. The Senior guard averages 18.6 points against conference opponents and had a team-best 22 points against Duquesne.
To shut the Owls down, the Dukes have to grab the lead early and hold onto it. The Owls are only 2-6 when trailing after the first half. In the contest against the Owls in January the teams switched the lead three times before the Owls ultimately grabbed onto the win.
The Dukes have to play tomorrow with the same amount of passion and spunk they had today against the Colonials. Szecsi, Gensler and Agunbiade have to score and create opportunities for their teammates to score. The Dukes need to storm onto the court with confidence enough to light a fire underneath themselves, but not so much so that they make tiny mistakes.
They have to be the same team they were today and then some. They have to play to win for the full 40 minutes and if necessary, a little extra.
Szecsi said the Owls are going to be tough to beat.
"They won't give you air," Szecsi said. "They're in your face."
And in response, the Dukes will have to throw the same amount of intensity at the Owls. It's will be a game won on passion.
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