The Dukes women’s basketball team heads to Richmond for the matchup against the VCU Rams looking for revenge as the Dukes start a three game road trip through Richmond and DC (at George Mason and at Richmond follow). The first matchup was a game that the Dukes quite frankly should have won in my opinion. They were up 10 midway through the second half, but poor offensive execution on layups, a key turnover, crucial missed free throws down the stretch, Liv Bresnahan fouling out playing only 24 minutes, and Robyn Parks stepping up in a huge way (again) for VCU pulled one out in the Palumbo Center.
The scouting report for VCU hasn’t changed much, and you can see the last VCU preview here: http://wewearthering.com/2014/01/04/women-vs-13-1-1-0-vcu/ . Two key items: Robyn Parks is great and they’ll go 2-3 zone the entire way.
As for the Dukes, they have won four straight after a disappointing 1-3 stretch. While Olivia Bresnahan has fallen back to Earth after her thrilling first two debut games, the team as a whole is playing decent basketball right now. The key has been the play of Wumi Agunbiade. Agunbiade is once again back to playing at the level of being a potential Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, or at least in the debate for it if she keeps up the last four games. April Robinson is taking excellent care of the basketball and is emerging as a rock solid point guard (17 assists to 3 turnovers in the four game win streak). Amadea Szamosi off the bench is finally giving the Dukes a weapon for the bigs, and it came at an important time with Jose Ann Johnson out of the lineup and Stasia King seemingly picking up more fouls than rebounds or points.
The winner takes control of 2nd place in the Atlantic 10, and could go a long way in determining the 4th bye going into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, as after Dayton and St. Joe’s the 3rd thru 7th spots are all wide open right now with the Dukes and VCU both strongly in the mix.
It’s a game that should go down to the wire again.