Deva'Nyar Workman scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds

Women's Basketball

#23/20 West Virginia Defeats @DuqWBB 79-60

Box Score Dec. 10, 2014

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MORGANTOWN - The Duquesne women's basketball team fell to #20/23 West Virginia 79-60 at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday night. The game was televised locally on ROOT SPORTS Pittsburgh.

The Dukes (5-4) were led by April Robinson who scored all of her team-high 14 points in the 1st half. Deva'Nyar Workman scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Eight of Jose-Ann Johnson's 10 points were from the foul line, tying a career-high.

The Mountaineers (7-1) were led by Bria Holmes with a game-high 27 points. Averee Fields added 20 for WVU.

West Virginia jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the opening five minutes, holding Duquesne without a field goal in their first ten possessions. The Dukes used back-to-back baskets from Olivia Bresnahan and Amadea Szamosi before the under 16-minute media timeout to make the score 8-6. An and-1 by Workman gave the Dukes their first and only lead of the game, 12-10 at the 12:25 mark and forced a West Virginia timeout. After the stoppage, Holmes scored four straight baskets over the next 1:13 followed by a layup by Linda Stepney, which gave WVU a 20-12 lead.

Stepney's free throws gave the Mountaineers a 10-point lead, 27-17 with 5:24 remaining in the half. The West Virginia lead would get as high as 12 points with 1:57 remaining, but Duquesne responded with seven straight points to cut the deficit to five points at 39-32 with 31 seconds left. WVU's Tyara Warren closed out the 1st half scoring with a 3-pointer from the corner with five seconds to give WVU a 40-32 halftime lead.

Workman's layup made it a six point game at 46-40 heading into the first media timeout of the 2nd half. A foul shot by Johnson got Duquesne within four points of tying at 47-43 with 14:07 remaining. However, West Virginia would go on a 13-2 run over the next 3:27 to extend the lead to 15 points at 60-45 with 9:33 to play. The Mountaineers' lead would get as high as 21 points with 1:44 left.

"Very simply, we got beat by a very good basketball team tonight in West Virginia University," said head coach Dan Burt. "Coach Carey has his team playing at a very high level right now. Bria Holmes is one of the best players we're going to play against all year - she's very long and that enabled her to shoot over our guards."

The 6-1 Holmes finished the game 13-24 shooting with five steals in 38 minutes.

"I was disappointed in the way we took care of the ball."

The Dukes committed 26 turnovers which led to 31 West Virginia points.

"It was a struggle to score against West Virginia because they have such length. Lanay Montgomery has improved so much since her freshman year and she really hurt us inside with her size."

WVU held Duquesne to 16-of-50 field goals attempts (32 percent) and outscored the Dukes in the painit 38-16. Montgomery was 4-of-6 from the floor, added five blocks and had a +15 efficiency.

"Tonight we just faced a better team," concluded Coach Burt.

The next game will be on Sunday at Robert Morris (2-5). The matchup will be held at the Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa. Tipoff is at 1:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • Holmes' 27 points is the most scored by an opponent this season
  • Holmes' 13 field goals is the most an opponent since VCU's Robyn Parks had 13 at the Palumbo Center on Jan. 4, 2014
  • The teams have split the last four matchups
  • The 26 turnovers for Duquesne was a season-high
  • Robinson extended her double-figure scoring streak to 11 games dating back to last season
  • The Dukes made 23-of-28 free throws
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