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Purdue ends Duquesne's season in Women's NIT round of 16

Abbey Ellis scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, and made four assists to help Purdue win 71-50 against Duquesne on Thursday, ending Duquesne's season in the Women’s NIT round of 16.

Abbey Ellis scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, and made four assists to help Purdue win 71-50 against Duquesne on Thursday, ending Duquesne's season in the Women’s NIT round of 16.

Sophomore Jerni Kiaku scored 19 points for Duquesne. Megan McConnell, a junior from Chartiers Valley, achieved her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In the second quarter, Purdue scored 8 consecutive points to take a 29-22 lead at halftime after the score was tied at 11-11 after the first quarter.

Kiaku made a steal and a jumper to bring Duquesne within six points with 1:26 left in the third quarter, but Purdue then pulled away. Duquesne shot a season-low 28.1% from the floor.

Duquesne finished the season with a 21-13 record, marking its first 20-win season since 2019-20.

Purdue with a 15-18 record, will play against the winner of Friday’s game between Colgate and Vermont in the round of 8 next week.

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