Duquesne women beat RMU in heated game
College Football Videos
The Duquesne women beat Robert Morris for the fourth year in a row and sixth time in the last seven meetings, 79-63, on Wednesday at Palumbo Center.
The Dukes' second-leading scorer, Wumi Agunbiade, was ejected in the first half but her teammates responded with double-point nights from senior guard Raegan Moore with 20 and sophomore point guard April Robinson with 14. Orsi Szecsi and Stasia King each contributed 11 points for the Dukes.
“I said in the postgame with our kids in the locker room that in my seven years as an assistant and head coach with Duquesne this might be the greatest team victory that we've had in terms of getting significant contributions at critical times from such a variety of players,” first-year head coach Dan Burt said. “It's obvious it was a dogfight out there.”
Robert Morris' foul trouble caught up to them in the second half with four out of their five starters sitting at four apiece with 12 minutes to play. Lou Mataly fouled out a minute later, leaving the team with twice as many fouls as Duquesne. Cassie Oursler fouled out next, followed by Jolie Oligende. Ashley Ravelli and Artemis Spanou finished the game with four each.
Twenty-three of the Dukes' points were scored at the free-throw line (23 of 33).
“Fouls hurt us, no questions,” RMU coach Sal Buscaglia said. “Against any team, whether it's Duquesne or any team, it really fuses you in your rotations.”
Freshman Anna Niki Stamolamprou led the Colonials with 19 points. Spanou's streak of consecutive double-doubles hit 33, with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The senior also became the school's all-time leading scorer with her total at 1,641. It was her 100th career game.
Duquesne led, 40-33, at halftime.
Duquesne (8-3) was coming off back-to-back wins but hadn't played in 10 days. Robert Morris (3-6) has now lost five in a row after opening the season 3-1.
The incident between Agunbiade and Ravelli occurred with seven minutes left in the first half. Ravelli dropped to the ground clutching her side then popped up shouting and took a step toward the Duquesne bench before teammates surrounded her. Officials looked at the replay and saw Agunbiade hit Ravelli with a closed first. Both were assessed a technical foul and Agunbiade was ejected. The Colonials were leading, 23-21, at the time.
Burt said he hadn't seen a replay and that Agunbiade said it didn't happen that way, but Buscaglia said the official told them both it was a blatant punch.
“Ashley's never gotten a technical the entire time I've coached her,” Buscaglia said. “She's never done anything. … I'm sure Dan will handle it. He's a professional and a good man, good coach, good program. He'll handle it properly. I have confidence in that.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kaboly: Steelers fill biggest needs by drafting defensive players
- Kennywood Park opening day ends early because of disruptive crowd
- Bird flu ravaging commercial flocks remains mysterious
- Penn State tight end James, a South Allegheny grad, goes to Steelers in 5th round
- Excitment builds for start of marathon
- Steelers notebook: Harrison will play fewer snaps this season
- Coroner called to Hempfield car crash
- Rossi: Pittsburgh could show NFL a draft party
- Scaife bestows ‘game-changing’ legacy of giving to region, nation
- Fire in Wilkins high rise apartment building causes evacuation of hundreds
- Pirates’ anemic offense fails in extra-inning loss to Cardinals