Woes continue for RMU women’s basketball, fall to Duquesne 61-47

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Chris Mueller, Staff Writer

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The Robert Morris University women’s basketball team lost their non-conference game against crosstown rival Duquesne on Sunday 61-47 at the Charles L. Sewall Center. The Colonials early season troubles continue as their record now stands at 0-7.

The Dukes, coming into the contest on a four game win streak, led by 11 at halftime and never looked back.

Playing well for the Colonials was junior forward Artemis Spanou, who posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Spanou was optimistic about her team’s record, stressing that they need to stay positive.

“We need to keep playing and getting better every day,” said Spanou. “It’s frustrating but we need to stick in there. We have a long way to go and need to be strong.”

The Colonials suffered an unlucky break in the fourth quarter when starting point guard Jasmine Tate went down with a knee injury. The extent of the injury was not available after the game, but it does not look good for the senior, who has battled injury problems most of her RMU career.

Losing Tate would be an extremely large blow to the team, as they are already suffering the loss of starting center Jolie Oligende.

Head coach Sal Buscaglia explained the impact of the injury problems ailing the Colonials this season.

“This record this time of year is unusual for us. No one could have predicted the injury to Jolie [Oligende],” stated Buscaglia. “You need to be good and be lucky; we’re young and not lucky.”

Next up for the Colonials is a four game road-trip, in which they start with a matchup against Big-10 opponent Minnesota on December 9th.

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