Women's Hoops Suffers Fall to Richmond
Jan. 27, 2005
Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered a 61-50 Atlantic 10 loss to visiting Richmond Thursday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Dukes now stand 7-11 (2-5) while the Spiders improve to 15-3 (6-2). Junior Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia) led all scorers with 19 points followed by sophomore Loui Hall (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) with 11 markers. Junior Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) paced the Dukes with nine rebounds and Freshman Rebecca Bonasso (Fairmont, W.Va./Morgantown) led the game with five assists. Richmond was led by Kate Flavin's 17 points and game-best 15 rebounds and Soana Chapman with 16 markers.
The game started with the teams trading baskets until an 8-1 Duquesne run gave the Dukes a 13-7 edge at 15:43. DU would hold a 15-9 margin at 14:20 on a Rebecca Bonasso jumper, but the Spiders rattled off six unanswered in less than a minute to knot the game 15-15 with 12:30 ticking. Bautre's three gave DU an 18-15 edge before a late 8-0 Richmond run put the visitor up 27-20 at 6:50. Erin Crawford snapped a 3:41 Duquesne scoring drought with a three-pointer for a 23-27 reach at 6:30 and Bautre' goal at 5:09 cut the lead to a 26-29 reach, but the Spiders rolled to a 9-2 drive for their largest lead of the frame (38-28) at 1:52. Bautre ended the half's scoring for the 30-38 deficit.
Hall put the Dukes on the board first in the second frame for a 32-38 reach in the opening minute, but Chapman answered with a three to up the Spiders' lead to 41-32. Maria Stankevich hit a trey at 13:33 to get the Dukes to a 39-46 reach, but Richmond out-scored the Dukes 6-2 for a 52-41 lead at 8:20. Bautre netted another trey and hit 4-4 from the line for a solo 6-0 run that cut the lead to a 48-52 reach at 6:07, but poor shooting would plague the Dukes who missed their next eight field goals before Sinclair's put-back at 1:07. DU trailed 50-59 after the goal with 1:07 ticking.
Richmond held a 40-27 edge in rebounding, which included 17 offensive boards that resulted in 18 Spider points. The Dukes shot .373 (19-51) from the field and where 4-14 (.286) from the arc. Richmond went 24-54 (.444) from the field, but was just 2-9 (.222) from the three and 11-19 (.579) from the charity stripe.
Duquesne will travel to Dayton this Sunday, January 29, for a 2:00 pm Atlantic 10 tip-off with the Flyers.