Deva’Nyar Workman had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Workman has looked comfortable with her shot and everything she thought, I honestly believed would go in. Her energy has been welcome and she has found more consistency than last season. Another game where she had points and also added eight rebounds. The star of the night.
Amadea Szamosi’s third double-double in her last five games. You will take 20 points and 10 rebounds from Szamosi. It was a great performance from her. Could it have been better? Sure, but she did what she needed to do to help this team.
Conor Richardson’s rebounding. Let’s not kid ourselves, this is not an offensive performance, the Dukes will hang on their fridge, but her seven rebounds, three of which came on the offensive end, kept offensive sequences alive.
Third quarter- Duquesne was a +10 in the third 10 minutes and this has a trend this season. In fact, the Dukes have outscored opponents in the third quarter by 78 points. That is very commendable.
“I think in the first half our energy wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be,” forward Amadea Szamosi said. “Our goal was to give them the first punch, that it was our court and we were the better team.”
Home court winning streak- This win means that for 16 straight games, an opponent came into the A.J. Palumbo Center and did not win.
Guard Deva’Nyar Workman stated that this kind of streak helps build the team’s confidence.
“We don’t want anyone coming in here thinking it’s their house,” she said. “It’s our house and we plan on keeping it that way.”
Rebounding battle- Quite simply Duquesne was a +15. I’ll let Szamosi explain the rest.
“Usually the team who wins the rebounding battle wins the war,” said Szamosi. “It’s a good goal to have if you want to be successful. I think we’ve been doing a better job.”
Assists- A quick point here. It was another 20-plus assist performance with 21 dimes on 29 made field goals.
The defense- Coach Dan Burt called the effort uninspiring and showing a lack of effort. The average fan will look at the box score and see 29.2% when looking at Slippery Rock’s field goal percentage as well as more turnovers than assists, but there were sloppy mistakes all night. There were several stretches where the Dukes looked lost and they were outscored 19-16 in the second quarter, something which should never have happened. Further, in points off turnovers, it was the Rock outscoring Duquesne by an 18-12 score.
April Robinson’s shooting. Robinson had her usual nine assists and added five rebounds but 0-for-6 is not going to get the job done. Coming off the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honor, this was not the greatest following act. This is just the third time in Robinson’s collegiate career that she has been held scoreless. All of the shots were 3-point attempts.
Dan Burt- This is strictly because he said it himself. When a coach admits that his team played uninspired basketball, that comes back to him. Burt stated that he was out recruiting a day before this game and that his assistant coaches ran practice. It always is tough during a season to balance present and future. Would him being at practice have made a difference? Probably not, but there is a stigma. With a ranked St. John’s coming to Pittsburgh Saturday, it would be easy to look ahead, and that is what I suspect is the case, but I take Burt at his word.
Overall impressions– Duquesne was expected to win this game and did. A win is a win, but a lot needs to change before this game Saturday.
He said it– “I think the players were disappointed the entire game with their effort. We tried to motivate them every timeout we had and halftime. We didn’t light them up at halftime. At the end of the day we didn’t perform well, we lacked focus, energy and lacked the effort. That is bitterly disappointing to me and I can assure you that won’t happen again when we play against St. John’s Saturday.” – Burt on the effort against Slippery Rock