Dukes Top La Salle 78-67 To Even A-10 Record
Jan. 6, 2004
Philadelphia, Pa. - Duquesne University's women's basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Pa., as the Dukes topped the Explorers 78-67. Senior Candace Futrell led four Dukes in double-figures with 22 points and a game-best nine rebounds.
Senior Shiri Sharon and freshman Loui Hall scored 16 points each. Hall also had nine rebounds which along with her point total are new career marks for the Albert Gallatin High grad. Sharon had a game-best seven assists to move to three setups shy of Korie Hlede's number one spot on Duquesne's all-time assist list. The Israeli native, who has 567 career assists, and Futrell played all 40 minutes.
Sophomore Nicole Sinclair added 14 points.
The Dukes, who had been struggling from the field, hit 46.9 percent of their shots from the floor including 37.5% from beyond the arc. The Red and Blue had 13 steals (average was 7.5 spg) as the Explorers committed 19 turnovers. DU had 16 assists against 13 turnovers. La Salle, which shot 37.5 percent from the field, won the rebounding battle, 43-39.
The Explorers were led by this week's Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, freshman Crista Ricketts with 18 points and six rebounds.
The win stops the Dukes' two-game losing streak and evens their Atlantic 10 Conference record to 1-1; they are 5-7 overall. The Explorers, whose four-game winning streak was stopped by Duquesne, are also 1-1 in league play and 8-4 overall.
The Dukes return home to host Dayton on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:05 pm followed by the A-10 TV Game of the Week with Xavier on Sunday. The 2:00 pm tip will also be at the Palumbo Center and is a Coaches vs. Cancer game - proceeds from all tickets sold will be donated to the Pittsburgh branch of the American Cancer Society.