Xavier Tops Dukes, 65-57
Jan. 10, 2003
Cincinnati, Ohio -- - The return of top scorer Candace Futrell to the Duquesne lineup for the first time since November 30th wasn't enough to overcome the hot night by Xavier's junior point guard Amy Waugh as the Musketeers downed the visiting Dukes 65-57 Friday night at the Cintas Center.
Senior Beth Friday led the Red and Blue with 22 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Futrell added 17 off the bench while Duquesne's own junior point guard, Shiri Sharon, had a career-high 12 assists. Friday has 998 career rebounds and now is Duquesne's seventh all-time scorer.
Waugh had 31 points, including six three-pointers, on 10-for-16 shooting from the field. Freshman Tara Boothe added 13 points for the Musketeers.
Duquesne is now 7-6, and 0-2 in conference play while Xavier's current record is 9-4, 1-1 A-10.
A couple of early three pointers from Waugh and four quick free throws from the Musketeers helped Xavier open up a 14-10 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. Duquesne took over by pounding the ball inside. The Dukes used a 15-2 run with six points by Friday and five by freshman Maria Stankevich to take a 25-16 lead with 6:45 left in the opening period. Waugh's jumper with 0:07 on the clock capped Xavier's 8-2 run though Duquesne went to the break with a 31-30 advantage.
Friday opened the half with another layup to extend the spread to 33-30, but two threes by Waugh and one by Reetta Piipari gave XU a 39-33 lead they wouldn't surrender. Duquesne fought back and cut the lead to two three times, with the last instance coming at 57-55, with 1:32 remaining. Down the stretch Xavier was able to seal the game from the foul line, hitting eight of 10 attempts.
For the game, Xavier was 21 for 26 from the charity stripe while the Dukes, though perfect, only had six free throw attempts. The Dukes shot 52 percent in the first half (13-25) but cooled down in the second stanza to drop their total game shooting to 45.3 percent. Xavier, 37.5 percent overall, made 8 of 16 three point attempts (50%); DU was 3-for-10. Duquesne had more assists (18-12) and blocks (5-2) while the Musketeers won rebounding (33-28) and steals (11-7). Each team had 14 turnovers.
Tonight Friday moved into seventh place all-time in scoring at Duquesne with an even 1,200 points. She passed Katie Collins who tallied 1,186 points during her career from 1987 through 1990. And Friday is now just two boards away from the magic 1,000 for her career. When she hits that mark, the Pittsburgh native will become just the fourth Atlantic 10 player to reach 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 points and the first at Duquesne to do so.
The Dukes are staying in Ohio as they will meet the Dayton Flyers (8-5, 1-1) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the UD Arena.