Women's Hoops Suffers 88-68 Fall to Xavier
Feb. 4, 2005
The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered an 88-68 Atlantic 10 loss to visiting Xavier Friday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Junior Maria Stankevich led four Dukes in double figure scoring with 17 points followed by sophomore Loui Hall with 14, junior Aiga Bautre with 13 and freshman Jocelyn Chandler with 11 markers. Chandler led the Dukes and tied the game-lead with seven rebounds. Tara Boothe led the Musketeers and the game with 28 points shooting 12-16 from the field.
The first half saw four lead changes and three ties with the last being 11-11 as Rebecca Bonasso hit a three-pointer for the Dukes at 15:45. Three-point goals proved to be the key for Xavier which sparked a 13-6 drive on a one of three treys in the series to take a 25-17 lead at 11:18. The Dukes twice cut the lead to a seven-point reach with the last being 24-31 on a Bautre jumper at 7:26, but the Musketeers ended the frame out-scoring the Dukes 18-7 for a 49-31 lead at the break. Xavier hit 11 of their 14 three-pointers in the first frame. Their 14 make treys sets a new A.J. Palumbo Center record, breaking the Dukes' mark of 13 set last year vs. George Washington.
Xavier entered the second half just as determined and took their largest lead of the game on a Boothe lay-up at 16:29 for a 38-58 advantage. Duquesne would get within a 45-58 reach on a 7-0 run, but would not get closer than a 13-point reach. DU got to the mark three other times with the last being 56-69 as Jade Singleton connected on two free throws with 8:50 ticking. Xavier sprang to a 9-2 run and regained a 78-58 edge they would not surrender.
Both teams shot well from the field with Xavier hitting 33-58 (.569) and the Dukes connected on 26-59 (44.1). Duquesne was 10-11 from the free throw line, but just 6-20 from behind the arc. Xavier held a 37-22 rebounding margin. DU falls to 7-13 overall, 2-7 in league play while Xavier moves to 14-6 overall, 8-1 in A-10 action.
Duquesne hosts #22 Temple this Sunday, Jan. 6, in a 2:00 pm tip-off at the Palumbo Center.