UMass basketball: Minutewomen fall to Duquesne at home 79-62

Stefanie Kulesza (44) and the UMass women’s basketball team fell to Duquesne on Wednesday.

Stefanie Kulesza (44) and the UMass women’s basketball team fell to Duquesne on Wednesday. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 02-07-2024 8:35 PM

Tied 21-21 after one quarter against Duquesne, the UMass women’s basketball team hit a cold spell on offense in the second quarter of action. 

The Minutewomen managed just seven points in the second quarter, going 3-for-15 from the field in the frame to allow the Dukes to take a 39-28 lead at the half.

Duquesne extended its lead to 62-43 after three quarters before coming away with a 79-62 victory over UMass at the Mullins Center on Wednesday. 

The loss extended the losing skid to 10 games for the Minutewomen (3-21, 1-11). 

Alexsia Rose carried the UMass offense, scoring 23 points while distributing five assists. Stefanie Kulesza finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Kristin Williams and Lilly Taulelei each had seven points in the loss. 

Naelle Bernard led Duquesne (14-9, 9-3) with 15 points. Megan McConnell tallied 14 points while Gabby Grantham-Medley added 11 points in the win. 

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The Dukes shot 51.9 percent from the field and knocked down 12 3’s in the win. The Duquesne bench outscored UMass 37-9. 

The Minutewomen are back in action Saturday when they travel to Fordham for a 2 p.m. tip.