Dukes Bow to Saint Joseph's In A-10 Opener
Jan. 3, 2005
Junior Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia) notched a personal-best and team-high 25 points and added a game-best nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the host Dukes suffered a 79-68 Atlantic 10 women's basketball loss Monday evening at the Palumbo Center. Junior Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) added 15 points and eight boards and junior Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia) added 13 points. Ayahna Cornish led Saint Joseph's and the game with 27 points, 10 of which came from the free throw line where she was 10-14.
The Dukes snagged an 10-4 lead on a 10-0 run early in the first frame and upped their lead to a 12-7 edge on two free throws from Stankevich, but the Hawks kept it close hitting three treys to tie the game at 16-16. Jocelyn Chandler gave DU another five-point edge on a three-pointer for a 23-18 lead at 10:19. Saint Joseph's used a 12-5 drive to grab a 30-28 lead - its first since the opening minutes. Stankevich tied the contest at 30-30 on a jumper and again at 32-32 on made free throws. SJU hit five unanswered points for a 37-32 margin, but the Dukes closed the gap to a 36-37 reach on a Sinclair bucket at 1:26 and a Stankevich put-back to end the frame.
The Hawks come out of the intermission strong out-scoring the Red & Blue 9-3 for a 46-39 lead at 16:59. Sinclair's put-back and lay-up brought the game to a 43-46 Duquesne reach, but the Hawks kept DU scoreless for 2 ½ minutes and hit an 8-0 run for a 53-43 lead at 13:51. The Dukes twice brought the game to within a five-point reach with the last being 52-57 before going cold and suffering a 5:26 scoring drought. The Hawks used this time to build a 66-52 lead at 5:35 - the largest of the game. DU would not get closer than eight points afterward.
Saint Joseph's shot .491 (26-53) from the field, .412 (7-17) from the arc and .769 (20-26) from the line. Duquesne connected on .414 (24-58) from the field, 4-15 (.267) from the three and .762 (16-21) from the free throw line. Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds and the Hawks held a 19-17 edge in assists.
Duquesne closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule this Thursday hosting Western Kentucky at 7:05 pm.