Dukes Out-Last Explorers 64-60
Jan. 13, 2005
The Duquesne women's basketball snapped a three-game losing skid and took its first Atlantic 10 victory of the season with a 64-60 decision over visiting La Salle Thursday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Sophomore Loui Hall led all scorers with 21 points (11 in the first half) followed by junior Aiga Bautre's 15 markers and classmate Nicole Sinclair's 14 points. Junior Maria Stankevich led the game with nine rebounds. La Salle was led by Crista Ricketts and Meghan Wilkinson with 14 points each. Monica Garrido-Sanz led the game with five steals. Bautre, who entered the contest hitting 30-consecutive free throws, missed her first attempt of the night to put an end to her streak. She finished the game going 5-6 from the line.
Back-to-back three-point goals by Bautre and Hall followed by a lay-up from Sinclair gave the Dukes an 8-2 edge early in the first frame. La Salle cut the lead to three points on a tradition three-point play, but Hall hit five of six points for the Red & Blue to grab a 14-7 margin at 12:18. Duquesne would hold at least a three-point edge before the Explorers rattled off a 10-2 run to take a 22-20 edge with 5:04 ticking. Twice the Dukes snagged a two-point advantage with the last being a 26-24 lead at 3:11 on a Stankevich goal. Duquesne would turn the ball over in the waning minutes and La Salle ended the half with six unanswered points to hold a 30-26 lead at the break. Turnovers were costly for the Dukes in the first frame as the Explorers netted 15 points off of 12 Duquesne miscues.
Duquesne opened the second frame on an 11-2 scoring drive capped by Stankevich's trey to regain a 37-32 edge at 16:00. Jill Marano would net five-straight for the Explorers on a three-pointer and jumper to tie the game 37-37 at 14:52, but the Dukes would hold onto at least a three-point edge once again until a 7-1 Duquesne drive gave the host a 52-43 margin, the largest lead of the game, at 8:20. La Salle used a 12-3 run of its own to chip away at the Dukes' lead and eventually knot the game 55-55 on a three-point play as 4:00 showed. Bautre's free throws and Hall's lay-up gave DU a 59-55 lead at 3:03, but the Explores brought the game to a 58-59 reach at 2:04. Sinclair upped the cushion to a 62-58 DU lead with 1:00 to go, but a lay-up from La Salle at :44 put the game within a goal for the Explorers. Duquesne suffered a turnover in its own paint with just :20 ticking, but fell short on two field goal attempts before fouling Bautre on the rebound with :03 to go. Bautre would connect on both for the 64-60 final.
Duquesne held a 36-29 edge in rebounding, but committed 20 turnovers to La Salle's 12. The turnovers would account for 24 Explorer points. The Dukes shot .488 (21-43) from the field, .467 (7-15) from the arc and .789 (15-19) from the line. La Salle connected on .359 (23-64) from the field, .280 (7-25) from the three and .700 (7-10) from the charity stripe.
Duquesne improved to 6-8 overall, 1-2 in the A-10 while La Salle dropped to 7-8 overall, 1-3 in league play.
The Dukes travel to Richmond (12-1, 3-0) this Sunday for a 2:00 pm Atlantic 10 tip-off.