Dukes Fall to Western Kentucky 68-86
Jan. 6, 2005
The Duquesne University women's basketball team closed out the non-conference portion of its 2005 schedule with a 68-86 loss to visiting Western Kentucky Thursday evening at the Palumbo Center. Sophomore Loui Hall (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) led the Dukes with 19 points and had a personal-best 12 rebounds while junior Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia) added 14 and freshman Jade Singleton (Cleveland Hts., Ohio/Cleveland Hts.) added a personal-best 14 points off the bench. Junior Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia) led the Dukes with five assists and swatted a game-high five blocks. Bautre connected on 4-4 free throws to put her season streak at 30 consecutive made from the charity stripe.
Tiffany Porter-Talbert led Western Kentucky and the game tying her season-best with 26 points. She connected on 10-14 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line. Crystal Kelly grabbed a game-best 13 caroms for the Lady Topper as well.
The game began with the teams trading goals until WKU hit an 8-0 run to give them a 12-4 lead at 15:20. Hall netted a trey to pull the game to a 9-14 reach at 12:53, but the Lady Toppers would extend their run and out-score the Dukes 19-7 over a seven minute span for a 23-11 margin at 9:54. Duquesne answered with an 11-2 drive over 3:08 to get within a 22-25 reach at 6:22 before WKU upped its lead to 30-24 at 4:42. They held a 31-26 margin at 4:21. Hall hit another three-pointer at 4:03 to spark an 8-2 run that was capped by Rebecca Bonasso's three-point play for the Dukes first lead of the game (34-33) at 2:45. The squads traded points again and WKU held a 39-36 lead on two free throws, but Bautre's three-pointer at :47 knots the game at 39-39. Porter-Talbert netted a bucket to close out the half's scoring for a 41-39 Western Kentucky edge at the intermission.
Western Kentucky, which advanced to the 2004 WNIT, scored 21 of its first-half points on 12 Duquesne turnovers. Both squads shot well from the field with the Dukes connecting on 15-29 (.517) and WKU netting 14-30 (.467).
The Lady Toppers out-scored the Dukes 25-11 in the first 10 minutes of the second frame to set the tone and take a 68-50 lead over Duquesne. Singleton hit four of five Duquesne unanswered points to a 55-70 reach, but the Red & Blue would not get closer than a 15-point deficit - the last being 67-82 at 1:56 as Bonasso made good on the three-point play. The Dukes hit just 10-29 (.345) from the field in the second half, including a 1-8 effort from behind the arc.
Western Kentucky (6-6) out-shot the Dukes .492 (32-65) to .431 (25-58) from the field. Both teams mirrored each other's efforts on the glass with 36 boards - each had 13 offensive and 23 defensive rebounds. The Dukes suffered 20 turnovers in the game while WKU committed just 12.
Duquesne (5-7, 0-1) faces its first road Atlantic 10 opponent this Sunday as it travels to Xavier for a 2:00 pm tip-off.