Dukes Take Xavier to Move to 3-1 in A-10 Play
Jan. 11, 2004
The Duquesne women's basketball team used a decisive 19-2 run to open the second half en route to an 83-69 come-from-behind victory over visiting Xavier afternoon at the Palumbo Center. Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) scored a career high 36 points in the victory hitting 14-28 shots from the field. She moved into fifth place on the Duquesne career-scoring list with a total of 1,345 points, moving ahead of 1989 graduate Kathy Ridilla. It was the fourth career game in which she scored 30 or more points.
Sophomore Aiga Bautre pulled down a team high seven rebounds along with her 13 points and five assists. Shiri Sharon added 13 points as well. Xavier's sophomore forward Tara Boothe also posted a career high in points with 31, but that was not enough for her team to get the win. Atlantic 10 player of the week, Suntana Granderson, scored eight points and grabbed a team-high four rebounds for the Musketeers.
Duquesne's win is their third straight and it evens their overall record at 7-7; they are now 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 conference. Xavier's record was dropped to 9-6 and they have a 1-3 conference record.
Both teams came out strong in the first half with Xavier shooting 66.7% and scoring 43 points in the first frame. They jumped out to a 15-3 lead with 15:16 remaining in the first half. That 12-point margin was the largest lead they would have throughout the contest. Duquesne pulled to within three points of the lead with 1:57 remaining in the first half on a pair of free throws by sophomore center Maria Stankevich, but a 5-0 run put Xavier back on top by eight points before a last second three-point shot by Futrell got the Dukes to within a five-point reach. The first half ended with Xavier holding a 43-38 edge.
The start of the second half brought a new energy from the Dukes and they took their first lead of the game, 46-45, with 17:12 left in the game scoring nine points of their 19 points in the run over 1:27. Futrell was a huge factor in the run netting 12 of the team's 19 markers. Xavier got within a two-point reach several times afterward with the last being a 60-62 reach with 7:15 ticking. Futrell sat out the final two minutes and 10 seconds with an injury to her left ankle, but was well enough to cheer on her teammates from the sideline when Duquesne out-scored the Musketeers 7-2 to end the game.
Both teams shot well from the field with Xavier hitting .569 (29-51) and the Dukes .517 (21-60). Xavier held a 30-27 rebounding edge, but committed 18 turnovers to the Dukes seven for the contest. DU got 22 of their points off of Musketeers turnovers.
The Dukes were without head coach Dan Durkin who was home with an illness watching his Dukes with the national TV audience.
Duquesne continues their Atlantic 10 schedule Friday night as they host St. Bonaventure at 7:05 pm at the Palumbo Center. Xavier will host St. Joseph's on Friday night.