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article imageFLOTUS' Niece aids Princeton basketball win in Pittsburgh Special

By Stephen Pope     Nov 17, 2014 in Sports
Pittsburgh - The Princeton Tigers, 2013 Ivy League Champions easily beat the Duquesne Dukes 79-62, Sunday at the AJ Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.
While not scoring any points, Michelle Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, a Princeton freshman, made three defensive rebounds in the first half, in what was her first college basketball game. In what looked to be an evenly matched game during the first few minutes, it soon became apparent that the Dukes were going to have a tough time keeping up with the experienced Tigers who went 21-9 (11-3 Ivy League) last season. The Tigers have 12 letter-winners as well as six of their top seven scorers from last returning this season.
Taylor Williams blocks a shot from Deva Nyar Workman close to the rim in early first-half action in ...
Taylor Williams blocks a shot from Deva'Nyar Workman close to the rim in early first-half action in Pittsburgh. Steve Pope/Digital Journal
"Our margin of error having a young line-up is razor thin and we cannot afford missed assignments and missed blockouts," said Duquesne Head Coach Dan Burt after Sunday's loss.
In her first start in NCAA Division I play Deva Nyar Workman passes the ball to April Robinson durin...
In her first start in NCAA Division I play Deva'Nyar Workman passes the ball to April Robinson during the Duke's season opener Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh against Princeton. Steve Pope/Digital Journal
In the early minutes of the first half Duquesne was able to stay within four points of the Tigers and at the 13:01 mark, the Dukes would have their largest lead of the game 16-10. However, over the next several minutes the Tigers displayed the power and experience of a seasoned Ivy League team when they had a 20-4 run and from then on kept their lead around 20 points.
Alex Wheatley's layup would give Princeton their largest lead of the game, 21 points - 68-47 with 4:31 remaining in the game. The Dukes with a 9-2 run with 2:06 left made it a 14-point game, the closest the Dukes would come to the Tigers for the rest of the game.
Overall the Tigers shot 49 percent (31-63) to the Duke's 39 percent (22-56), and had 23 assists to the Dukes 12.
April Robinson led the Dukes in scoring with 19 points, and Deva'Nyar Workman a transfer from Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas had 10 points and six rebounds in her first Division I NCAA start.
Leading the Tiger's scoring effort was Michelle Miller with 20 points, followed by Amanda Bertsen with 14 points.
"I was just trying to help out my team and work hard," said Workman who received praise from Burt; "Deva'Nar gives us the ability to attack the basket and people have to play her honestly at the three-point line, but she is very shifty and able to get to the basket and the rim and draw contact and get to the free throw line" said Burt.
Junior Point Guard April Robinson added about the Duke's performance Sunday, “We didn't really execute our offenses. We had a lot of people break off our offense really early or shooting quick with a lot of time left on the shot clock, which weren't really good shots."
The Tigers leave Pittsburgh after downing Pitt 59-43 Friday during its season opener and face Drexel at home on Wednesday. The Dukes are home again Wednesday when they face formidable No. 24 Syracuse.
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