Dukes Suffer Tough Loss to Visiting Richmond
Jan. 26, 2003
Duquesne suffered a hard-fought 63-66 loss to visiting Richmond in an Atlantic 10 bout Sunday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Candace Futrell led the game with 23 points, Beth Friday grabbed her 44th career double-double with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds and Shiri Sharon tied her personal-best with a 12-assist effort. Ebony Tanner led Richmond with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The game opened with three ties and five lead changes before Friday capped a 7-1 run to give the Dukes a 17-14 lead with 9:28 ticking. Richmond got within an 18-19 reach at 7:46 before Sharon's three-pointer sealed a 6-0 drive for a 25-18 Duquesne advantage. The Spiders then out-scored the Dukes 14-3 and retook their lead with a 32-28 advantage with 2:23 remaining. Futrell hit a three-point goal and connected on the second of two free throws to tie the game 32-32 at the 1:45 mark, but a three-point play by Kate Flavin gave Richmond a 35-32 edge at the half.
Richmond opened the second half on a 6-0 run for a 41-32 lead, their largest, at 15:26 before Friday ended a near five-minute scoring drought to spark a 13-2 run that would put the Red & Blue up 45-43 with 10:59 to go. Richmond responded with seven unanswered points to regain its lead and take a 50-45 edge mid-way through. Futrell's trey and Friday's put-back tied the contest at 52-52 at the 6:00 mark and three ties would follow before Duquesne grabbed a 63-59 cushion out-scoring the Spiders 9-2 with 2:13 ticking. An extra-point goal with :24 ticking gave the Spiders a 64-63 edge before Futrell was fouled for the one-one bonus. Futrell missed the shot and the Dukes fouled Tanner who made both free throws for a 66-63 lead and the final. Sharon was forced to rush a three-point attempt that fell short in the final seconds. Richmond grabbed the rebound to secure the win.
Richmond held a slight 32-31 rebounding edge and connected on .850 (17-20) free throws to the Dukes .625 (10-16) for the game. Duquesne out-shot the Spiders .453 (24-53) to .431 (22-51) for the contest.
The Dukes host Dayton (11-7, 4-3) next Sunday, Feb. 2, in a 2:00 pm Atlantic 10 tip-off. As with all home contests, Sunday's game can be heard over the internet at RedZoneMedia.com with Alex Panormios and Tad Maurey providing the play-by-play.