Dukes Defeat Dayton 75-59
Jan. 9, 2004
Shiri Sharon became the all time leading assist-getter in Duquesne history while leading the Dukes to a 75-59 victory over the Dayton flyers on Friday night at the Palumbo Center. Sharon's 572 career assists eclipsed the mark set by Korie Hlede in 1998 of 570. Freshman Loui Hall had a career high 18 points and senior Candace Futrell led all scorers with 23.
Stefanie Miller, a senior point guard, led Dayton's scoring with 19 points, playing all 40 minutes of the game. Freshman Jennifer Strong posted eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
The win was the second consecutive conference victory for the Dukes, bringing their Atlantic 10 record to 2-1; they are 6-7 overall. Sharon had no assists in the first half and Atlantic 10 leading scorer Futrell (19.9) was held to just six points on 3-11 shooting. The pair had no trouble finding a rhythm in the second half as they came out and took over the game. The Flyers (2-12, 0-3) struggled to maintain the pace set by the Dukes.
Sharon also contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, and five steals in the win. Sophomore Nicole Sinclair chipped in with nine points and a team high 11 rebounds.
A 7-0 run by the Dukes game the host a 7-2 edge early on, but the game would see two ties and six leads changes en route to a 24-23 Dayton edge. Down 15-19, the Flyers sparked a 9-2 scoring drive for a 24-21 lead at 1:47 before Futrell's lay-up at :02 to end the half.
Duquesne held a 13-point edge midway through the second half on a 19-2 run before the Flyers got within an eight-point reach - 47-55 - with 6:09 ticking. They closed the gap to eight points twice afterward in the final minute, but would not get closer. The Dukes held the Flyers to just 30.1% shooting during the game, while taking care to make better shot selections themselves in the second half of the game. The Dukes shot 51.7% in the second half. A big chunk of Hall's career high points came from the free throw line where she was perfect, hitting all nine of her attempts.
Duquesne came up with nine steals during the contest and converted 11 Dayton turnovers into 10 points. The Flyers tried to fight back at the end of the game with their full court press causing the Dukes to turn the ball over 16 times leading to 21 Dayton points. The Dukes held a 51-42 advantage in rebounding.
Duquesne returns to action on Sunday when they take on Xavier on Sunday at the Palumbo Center in a 2:00 pm tip. The game will be aired lived locally on Fox Sports Pittsburgh and is a Coaches vs. Cancer game - proceeds from all tickets sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society.