DU Loses A-10 Opener At Saint Joseph's, 64-58
Jan. 4, 2004
Philadelphia, Pa. - Duquesne University's women's basketball marched a strong comeback attempt but fell short to Saint Joseph's, 64-58, Sunday afternoon at the SJU Fieldhouse. Sophomore Maria Stankevich recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow soph Nicole Sinclair had her second double-double in a row with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Loui Hall pulled down a career-best seven rebounds.
Senior Shiri Sharon added 13 points and dished out six assists. The Israeli native moved past Darci Vincent (1989-92) into second place on Duquesne's all-time assist list with 560 setups, just 10 shy of Korie Hlede (1995-98) at the top of the chart. The Dukes are now 4-7, 0-1 in the Atlantic 10 and Saint Joe's is 6-4, 1-0 in the league.
The Dukes had the early lead at 10-2 when Stankevich hit a jumper with 16:55 remaining in the opening half. A three-pointer by Amra Mehmedic at 10:22 gave the Hawks their first lead at 14-13. Junior Candace Futrell's jump shot on DU's next offensive set returned the lead to Duquesne, 15-14. After Sinclair hit a free throw, a span of 4:07 went by before either team scored. St. Joe's Stephanie's Graff's layup tied the game at 16-16 with 4:46 on the clock. The Hawks extended the lead to 25-16 before Sharon's three-pointer and Stankevich's jump shot narrowed the margin to 25-21 with 59 seconds to go before the break. Irina Krashnoshiok's basket at 0:06 extended the Hawks' lead to 27-21 as the half ended.
Saint Joseph's extended their lead to as many as 11 (40-29) with 14:38 left in the game. Two minutes later, Stankevich's layup off an assist from Aiga Bautre brought the Dukes within three at 40-37. SJU extended the lead back to their max, 53-42, on another Krashnoshiok basket with 7:45 on the clock. Stankevich's free throw with 17 seconds remaining got the game to within three at 61-58. Two free throws by Krashnoshiok and Graff's single FT resulted in the final score of 64-58.
SJU was led by Erin Brady with 18 points and seven assists. Krashnoshiok added 15 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Graff put in 12 points and set a new school record with seven blocks.
The Dukes had 20 second-chance points to none for the Hawks as the Red and Blue outrebounded the host team, 47-31. The Dukes shot 29.6 percent from the field as Futrell again missed the double digit scoring mark for the second game in a row, hitting 3 of 20 attempts. SJU hit half of their attempts, including 56.5% in the second half.
DU's three-point field goal percentage was 36.4% while SJU was limited to 25%. SJU hit 14 of 20 free throw attempts (70.0%); Duquesne 8 of 14 (57.1%).
The Dukes remain in the City of Brotherly Love for their second Atlantic 10 contest as they head to West Division foe La Salle on Tues. Jan. 6 at 7:00 p.m.