|Sophomore guard Bria Holmes leads WVU in scoring with 14.3 points per game, heading into Saturday's game at Duquesne.
|All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., for its final nonconference road game against Duquesne, Saturday, at 2 p.m.
The Mountaineers (9-1) are looking for their 10th consecutive win and trying to avenge their last two losses to the Dukes (8-3) in the all-time series. The Mountaineers lead 35-9 in the all-time series. In the last outing, WVU fell to Duquesne 62-54 at the WVU Coliseum on Dec. 20, 2012. In the year prior, on Dec. 17, 2011, the Dukes took a 61-55 victory over WVU on their home court. The win was the first time Duquesne had defeated WVU in 11 consecutive games.
Duquesne is 8-3 overall and holds a 3-1 record when facing opponents in the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Dukes are under the direction of first-year coach Dan Burt, returning three starters from last season’s squad that went 24-8 overall and 11-3 in the Atlantic 10, making it to the second round of the WNIT.
Senior guard Raegan Moore leads four players averaging scoring numbers in double figures with 18.7 points per game, including a team-leading 31 3-pointers. Moore is shooting 49.3 percent (68-138) from the field and is 51.7 percent (31-60) from beyond the arc.
The steals leader is also the second-leading scorer in senior forward Wumi Agunbiade. She averages 13.0 points per game and has grabbed 22 steals this season. Agunbiade is also DU’s leading rebounder with 7.0 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard April Robinson rounds out the top three scorers with 11.2 points per game, including 17 threes, while leading Duquesne with 52 assists. Senior Orsi Szecsi is the only other starter in double figures with 11.1 points per game and is the second-leading rebounder with 5.5 rebounds per game. Szecsi is only one of five players nationally to have recorded a triple-double this season as she had 16 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists at Morehead State on Nov. 24.
As a team, the Dukes average 78.5 points per game, defeating opponents by a 10.9 scoring margin this season. Duquesne is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from 3-point range and 70.5 percent from the free throw line.
DU defeated Robert Morris 79-63 in its last outing on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Moore led all scorers with 20 points, while Robinson chipped in 14 points and Szecsi and Stasia King each added 11 points. The Dukes used six 3-pointers in the win, with three from Moore and a pair from Robinson.
WVU enters Saturday’s contest off a 109-47 win over Delaware State on Wednesday. Four Mountaineers average scoring numbers in double figures. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes
co-led with senior center Asya Bussie
in the last two games. Holmes leads WVU with 14.3 points per game, while Bussie adds 13.9 ppg.
WVU has outrebounded all 10 opponents it has seen this season, averaging 46.5 rebounds per game. Bussie leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game, while junior Crystal Leary
has pulled down 6.1 rebounds per game.
Fans can listen online at WVUsports.com, as the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will carry the game with Jeff Culhane and Ayana Dunning on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.