Dukes Knock Down UMass, 63-53

Jan. 21, 2005

Box Score

Amherst, Mass. - Duquesne's women's basketball team opened their weekend in New England with a 63-53 victory over Massachusetts Friday night at the Mullins Center.

Sophomore Loui Hall led a trio of DU players in double figures with 18 points. Juniors Aiga Bautre and Nicole Sinclair added 15 and 12 points, respectively. Sinclair recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds.

Duquesne built up a 39-14 lead in the first half. The Dukes came out on fire making six of their first eight three-pointers while the Minutewomen started off 3-for-16 (.188) from the field. UMass ended the half shooting just 21 percent from the field (5-24). Duquesne made 14 of its first 22 shots in the half. UMass had seven steals but was unable to turn them into any points. The Minutewomen committed 12 turnovers and were out-rebounded, 21-15.

UMass started the second half on a 9-2 run as it tried to mount a come-back. The Minutewomen continued the defensive pressure on Duquesne, but could not get any closer for the next 10 minutes. Then with 5:00 remaining, the Minutewomen started to come back. Joyce Massey caught fire and scored eight straight points to bring the Minutewomen within seven points, 55-48, with 2:11 left. That capped a 14-3 run in a 3:14 span.

After a media timeout following a Duquesne foul, Campbell missed the front end of a 1-and-1. The Dukes¹ Erin Crawford then made a lay-up on the other end as the shot clock was expiring to put the Dukes up nine. Bautre then converted after another UMass miss to put Duquesne up 11 again. Tamara Tatham converted a three-point play the next time down the floor for the Minutewomen, but the Dukes made all their free throws down the stretch for the win. UMass outscored the Dukes, 37-22, in the second half.



Tatham led the host squad with 16 points and tied Campbell with a team-best seven rebounds.

Duquesne, which shot 42 percent from the field and 46% from long range, held the Minutewomen to 31 percent overall, 17% from beyond the arc.

The win improved Duquesne's record to 7-9. 2-3 in Atlantic 10 play while UMass is now 10-7, 3-3 in the league.

The Dukes remain in New England for a Sunday, Jan. 23rd matchup with the University of Rhode Island (4-13, 2-4) at 2:00 p.m.


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