Dukes Fall to #14 Vanderbilt, 78-56, in Coaches vs. Cancer Game
Jan. 6, 2003
Duquesne suffered a 78-56 loss to #14 Vanderbilt in a non-conference bout Monday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Beth Friday led the Dukes with 14 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the 40th double-double on her career. Friday needs just seven rebounds to reach 1,000 and become the first Duquesne women's basketball player to hit 1,000 points and rebounds. Aiga Bautre added 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.
Jenni Benningfield led the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Chantelle Anderson netted 20 points on 11-12 shooting.
Duquesne held a 5-2 edge early on before Vanderbilt tied the contest at 6-6 and took its first lead, 9-6, on a three-point goal at 16:23. A 6-0 Commodores run gave them a 15-8 lead at 13:23. The Dukes chipped away at the lead and got within a 16-18 reach on a Selma Delibasic lay-up with 9:06 ticking. Duquesne saw a 21-23 reach on a Shiri Sharon three pointer, but a 9-0 Vanderbilt drive gave the visitor a 32-21 edge as 3:03 remained. Sharon broke a 3:06 scoring drought for the Dukes for a 23-32 deficit, but Vandy took a 38-25 lead into the break.
Friday scored the team's first eight points, but the Dukes would not get closer than a 31-44 reach in the second frame. Up 51-36 with just under 12 minute to go, Vanderbilt sprang to an 11-2 scoring drive for a 62-38 lead with 7:28 remaining. The Commodores grabbed their largest lead of the game, 72-47, on a goal by Anderson with 2:48 ticking. Duquesne would not get closer than a 20-point reach afterward.
Vanderbilt held a slight rebounding edge, 38-33, but shot .522 (35-67) from the field to Duquesne's .382 (21-55). Duquesne recorded four blocks, and did not allow a Vanderbilt rejection on the night.
The Dukes return to Atlantic 10 play this weekend traveling to Xavier Jan. 10 and Dayton Jan. 12.