Dukes Outlast UMass 46-44
Jan. 6, 2006
Junior Carmen Bruce (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley) poured in a team-high 12 points followed closely by junior Loui Hall (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) with 11 as the Dukes took a 46-44 Atlantic 10 victory over visiting Massachusetts Friday evening at the Palumbo Center.
UMass was led by Kate Mills' 13 points and a 12-point effort from Ashley Sharpton.
Duquesne scored the first points of the game before UMass rattled off a 14-2 drive over nine minute of action for 14-4 edge with 10:59 ticking. Duquesne drained three three-point buckets from Bruce, Marisa Smith and Maria Stankevich during a 15-2 scoring run to grab a 19-16 edge with 5:18 ticking. The Minutewomen hit six unanswered points to snag a 22-19 edge with just 1:56 on the clock before Hall's jumper at :42 brought the game to a 21-22 reach they would take into the break. Duquesne held a 21-14 rebounding edge in the initial period, but was out-shot .364 (8-22) to .296 (8-27). UMass also recorded five blocks in the first stanza.
The Minutewomen started the second half with a three-point goal and upped it edge to a 30-25 margin on another three at 15:17. Jocelyn Chandler's put-back closed the deficit to three for the Dukes before Bruce and Aiga Bautre hit goals to tie the game 31-31. Bruce's two made free throws gave the Red & Blue a 37-36 lead at 6:23 - their first since the first frame when just over five minutes remained. Duquesne would tie the game at 39-39 and 40-40 but the Minutewomen regained 42-40 lead on two made free throws with 2:03 ticking. Bruce drained a three pointer to give the Dukes a 43-42 edge at :54, but she would be called for a foul in the UMass paint to send UMass to the line for the one-one bonus - making both for a 44-43 edge with :40 to go. Bautre launched a three pointer with :18 for a 46-44 lead they would not relinquish as the Minutewomen threw the ball away in their own paint in the final seconds to give the Dukes the victory.
Duquesne out-rebounded the Minutewomen 38-21 in the game, but was out-shot .378 (4-37) to .340 (17-50) for the game.
The Dukes travel to Richmond this Sunday for a 2:00 pm Atlantic 10 tip-off.