Dukes Drop A-10 Opener To La Salle, 67-55
Jan. 3, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- - The Duquesne Dukes were topped by the La Salle Explorers, 67-55, Friday night at the Philly school's Tom Gola Arena. Senior forward Beth Friday paced the Red and Blue with a game-best 18 points making her the school's eighth all-time scorer with 1,164 points. Junior point guard Shiri Sharon grabbed a team-best eight rebounds and dished out a game-best eight assists.
The Explorers (8-3, 1-0 A-10) were led by Davineia Payne and Kat Foley with 11 and 10 points respectively. Monica Garrido-Sanz pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Dukes (7-4, 0-1 A-10) grabbed a 14-8 lead midway through the first half on a jumper by Friday. La Salle responded with a 13-2 run for a five-point lead at 21-16 with just under four minutes left in the half. Nicole Sinclair's free throw at the 0:34 mark was the last point of the opening stanza as the Explorers took a 27-22 lead to the break.
Buckets by Ekaterina Markova, Jill Marano and Payne in the first 90 seconds of the second half extended the Explorers' lead to 11 (33-22). Duquesne got the deficit down to eight twice, the last on a jumper by freshman Aiga Bautre with 14:50 left in the contest and the score 35-27. But the Dukes could get no closer.
Duquesne again was without their top scorer Candace Futrell, who is day-to-day as she recovers from an ankle injury suffered in the fourth game of the season. But Dan Durkin did get another weapon back as redshirt senior Khalihah Este-Shehu saw her first action on the season as she too was recovering from an ankle injury. Este-Shehu, DU's top scorer in the 2000-01 season, scored two points, grabbed three rebounds and had one steal and a turnover in 14 minutes of action.
Friday entered the game six points behind Chrissi Stough's 1,152 scored during the 1981 through 1984 seasons. With 1,164 points, the Pittsburgh native and Dapper Dan 2002 Sportswoman of the Year nominee is 22 points behind the 7th place mark, held by Katie Collins who tallied 1,186 points (1987-90). Friday is Duquesne's all-time career rebounder with 978 boards through tonight's game.
Duquesne hosts ninth-ranked Vanderbilt Jan. 6 in a 7:05 pm at the Palumbo Center. It's a Coaches Vs. Cancer contest. One dollar from all tickets sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Pittsburgh's own Edna Campbell, a breast cancer survivor, will address the crowd at half time. The Allderdice graduate and University of Texas star, made a courageous come-back in the Sacramento Monarch's final game of the season this year after being place on the injured reserve list in March when she announced her illness. The promotion has special meaning for Head Coach Dan Durkin, a cancer survivor as well. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October 2000, Coach Durkin had been cancer free since his surgery.
Come out, watch some great basketball and help Duquesne, the community and American Cancer Society fight cancer. (more info)