Dukes tandem of Agunbiade, Szecsi breaks out

| Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Duquesne women's basketball team was in need of the type of game it had last week in a 68-41 win over Saint Louis in its Atlantic 10 home opener.

The Dukes led start to finish, scored often and easily and had contributions from the bench. They also got double-digit scoring from junior teammates Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi, who had struggled of late.

“It was great to see, as they call themselves, the WoShow both show up on the same night,” coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “It's amazing when they are contributing the way they do, both offensively and defensively, how much easier the game is for everyone else and how they open things up for other people.”

Duquesne (13-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10) looks to keep the momentum against Temple (7-9, 1-1), which visits Palumbo Center at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“(Wednesday) was a good win,” said Agunbiade, who led with a season-high 23 points against Saint Louis. “I felt like we played as a unit, and we're slowly starting to get back on track. Right now our sight is just to win this conference, and I believe that we're on our way.”

Wednesday's victory marked a turnaround for Agunbiade, who had scored 20 points or more on just one other occasion this season.

Despite tallying double figures in 10 of 15 games, she was mired in a slump during which she hadn't scored more than six points in three of four games.

Szecsi finished with 13 points against the Billikens, marking the fifth time she scored in double figures this season.

“Wumi has kind of been up and down, but Orsi has struggled,” McConnell-Serio said. “Other than the one play where she had an uncontested layup and threw a behind-the-back pass, I thought her decision-making (Wednesday) was good — taking the open shot, in rhythm, slowing down a little. She tries sometimes to play too fast. But I thought her decision-making on scoring opportunities was much better, and that's what she's capable of.”

Agunbiade, the leading returning scorer in the A-10 after averaging 14.7 points per game last season, and Szecsi believe their experience will pay off in conference play.

“We know time and score situations and when to take over, what plays we should run,” Szecsi said.

Added Agunbiade: “We've become more familiar with coach's system, and we understand what she's looking for from us and have accepted the roles of becoming leaders on and off the court. We want to just try to continue our success.”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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