The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 5, 2012

St. Francis struggles on the road against Duquesne

For The Tribune-Democrat

PITTSBURGH — The St. Francis University women’s basketball team fell behind early and could not recover on the road against Duquesne on Wednesday and fell for just the third time this season, 69-38.

Nickia Gibbs posted 10 points and four rebounds for the Red Flash (4-3, 0-0) but it was not enough against a Duke’s (7-1, 0-0) team that had three players in double figures, led by Wumi Agunbiade, who posted 22 points and 11 rebounds. Duquesne, which was receiving votes in this week’s national poll, controlled the boards and outrebounded SFU 54-32 and also collected 23 offensive boards. Duquesne used the offensive boards to generate 28 second-chance points.    

“Nothing went right for us today except for about seven minutes of good defense to close the first half,” head coach Joe Haigh said. “We need to put this game behind us and refocus for a big game Saturday against Colgate and hopefully take something positive into finals next week.”

St. Francis went scoreless over the first 3:37 of the game and the early struggles set the stage for a day of scoring woes for SFU.

The Dukes opened the game on a 27-6 run over the first 9:50 of the game, but the Red Flash rallied by stepping up their defensive effort and limited Duquesne to just four points the rest of the half.

St. Francis also added 15 points to its total before the intermission and cut the Dukes’ lead to 31-21 at halftime. St. Francis could not carry the late first-half momentum to the second half and was outscored 26-7 to start the half. The Red Flash were limited to just 17 second-half points and seven second- stanza field goals. Alli Williams left the game early in the second frame with an injury and did not return.