DU's 73-51 Win At URI Snaps 4-Game Losing Skid
Jan. 22, 2006
Kingston, RI - Duquesne used balanced scoring and a superior effort from the free throw line to take a 73-51 Atlantic 10 win at Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center. Junior Loui Hall (Masontown, Pa. / Albert Gallatin) led all scorers with 20 points while senior Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia / St. Petersburg University) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Senior Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia / Catholic Central) added 12 points, sophomore Jocelyn Chandler (Uniontown, Pa. / Uniontown) hit 11 and senior Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa. / Indiana) added 10 markers in the win. Rhode Island was led by Whitney Hollis with 10 points and Tanya Rhodes with nine rebounds.
After a slow start on both sides of the court, the Dukes rattled off an 18-5 run to take an 18-7 lead with 11:04 on the clock. Twelve of the Dukes' points came from three pointers with Bautre, junior Gosia Flaga (Sokolow Podlaski, Poland / Jefferson College), Hall and Chandler all connecting from long range in the run. The Red & Blue extended their lead to a 23-9 advantage at the 8:42 mark after Stankevich hit the Dukes' fifth three-point goal of the first frame. Rhode Island was held to single digits until Rhodes's jumper at 7:23 put the host Rams at an 11-23 reach.
Duquesne would lead 37-21 at the break after controlling the first half with solid shooting and an even offensive effort. DU out-shot the Rams .462 (12-26) to .267 (8-30) and was on fire from behind the arc hitting 7-13 for a .538 efficiency. DU held a 22-15 rebounding edge and was 6-6 from the free throw line. Rhode Island connected on just 1-6 from long range in the first frame.
The Dukes were sluggish and sloppy opening the second frame committing five turnovers in the first two minutes which allowed the Rams to hit a 9-2 run and get within a 30-39 reach at the 18:00 mark. DU regained control of its game and would not let the Rams closer than a nine-point reach before going ahead 50-34 on a 7-0 run with 13:25 remaining. Rhode Island got within a 48-58 reach on a three-pointer at 8:22, but went cold from the line, going 0-7 and missing their chance to close the gap as the Dukes held onto a 62-48 lead. Duquesne would take a 73-51 win.
Duquesne hit a perfect 21-21 from the free throw line led by a 6-6 effort by freshman Kristi Little. The free throw accurracy sets a new Duquesne single-game record; the previous standard was 13-13 in 2002.
The Dukes shot .458 (22-48) from the field and .471 (8-17) from the three. Rhode Island hit .284 (19-67) from the field, .182 (2-11) from the arc and just 11-23 (.478) from the line. Duquesne held a 46-38 rebounding advantage.
The Dukes return to the Palumbo Center this weekend for a pair of A-10 match-ups as they host Saint Louis Friday at 7:05 pm and Xavier on Sunday for a 2:05 pm tip-off.