What a night for Raegan Moore!!! Moore set the Duquesne single game record for threes, surpassing Alex Gensler’s previous record of eight threes en route to a 35 point performance. Moore was simply outstanding tonight, not just shooting threes where she was 9-12. Moore ran a solid point when April wasn’t on the floor. She chipped in on the offensive glass. She had a blocked shot defending the rim on the lower block. Raegan was simply outstanding tonight, and if she keeps this up the A-10 Most Improved Player award is easily hers, and perhaps a slot on one of the three All-Atlantic 10 teams. She’s really come on her senior year.
As for the game itself, after a slow shooting start the Dukes found themselves in down 6-0 early. However, the Dukes finished the first half on a 31-9 run before winning by 31. The Dukes looked like a good team yet again, putting away a lesser team en route to a victory. It wasn’t always pretty at times, particularly with the two bigs in Jose Ann Johnson and Stasia King, but it will certainly do for the night. The win was Coach Burt’s first road win of his career.
Wumi Agunbiade was 4-4 from the line, a welcome sign for Dukes fans.
April still wasn’t quite valuing the ball the way I’d like to see, but her 11 assists were extremely nice.
Belma’s shot is back to the beginning of where it was each of the last two seasons. Right now, we have not just one shooter on fire in Moore but another in Nurkic.
Duling inside looked like she could be a quality starter given time.
Heintz is playing a useful role off the bench. She’ll be able to provide a very solid 15-20 minutes off the bench for the Dukes as a role player. She has room to improve a lot too, and she already has since I saw her in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs.
It was nice to see Szamosi in action for her 5-10 minutes off the bench. She’s starting to adjust to the differences in the American game. She’s got some upside, but also some long-term questions.
Overall, a solid performance, particularly by the guards. This sets the Dukes up nicely for their season opener at home to the Green Bay Phoenix in what should be an exciting, high-energy game. More on that matchup coming soon.