DU Women Take Cornell in Non-Conference Bout
Jan. 20, 2004
Duquesne (9-8) finished its non-conference schedule with a 77-62 victory over visiting Cornell (6-8) Tuesday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Dukes were led by Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) with 30 points and added 10 rebounds while Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) tied the team lead with 10 boards and added 10 points as well. Loui Hall (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) added 17 points and rejected a game-best two shots.
Katie Romey paced Cornell with 17 points while Dani Aretino grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. It was a homecoming for second-year Cornell Head Coach Dayna Smith, a 1992 graduate of Penn Hills High School.
Duquesne used hot shooting in the second frame, including making the final seven three-point attempts of the game, to pull away with the win. Futrell led the way matching her career-best with six extra-point goals. The Dukes out-scored Cornell 45-33 in the second half. The Dukes were without point guard Shiri Sharon who was resting an injury.
The game opened slowly with seven ties and 10 lead changes, but the Dukes closed out the stretch on a 14-4 run at the tail end to snag a 32-26 lead - the largest of the period - with 1:33 to go. Cornell hit a three-pointer with :21 on the clock to get within a 29-32 reach to end the half.
Duquesne went up 34-29 on a Sinclair basket to open the second period before Cornell hit back-to-back three-point goals to cut the lead to a 36-35 Duquesne edge. The Dukes held at least a three-point advantage afterward and went up 47-40 on a Futrell three at 13:34, which started of their 7-7 effort from behind the arc to end the frame. The Red & Blue out-scored the Big Red 27-14 over the next eight minutes and grabbed the largest lead of the game - 15points - after Futrell's sixth three-pointer for a 69-54 advantage. Cornell scored just eight points in the final five minutes of play.
DU held a 37-34 rebounding edge and shot .509 (29-57) from the field to Cornell's .275 (21-56). Duquesne was 9-19 from three-point range (.474) and played an excellent inside game recording 36 of the team's 77 points in the paint.
The Dukes return to Atlantic 10 play this Saturday, Jan. 24, as they travel to Fordham for a 3:00 pm tip-off.