Dukes Take Rhode Island 82-76
Feb. 6, 2004
Duquesne (11-10, 6-4) took an 82-76 victory over visiting Rhode Island (11-10, 4-6) Friday evening at the Palumbo Center. It was the 200th women's basketball game at the Palumbo Center.
Aiga Bautre led the four Dukes in double figure scoring with 17 points on 7-11 shooting followed by Shiri Sharon and Candace Futrell with 16 points each and 12 markers from Maria Stankevich. Loui Hall led the team's rebounding with seven off the bench and added nine points. Sharon led the game with eight assists, putting her career total at 607 and giving her the distinction of being the first Duquesne women's basketball player to reach the 600 mark.
Shayla Johnson led Rhode Island and the game with 18 points followed by Denise King with 16 points.
It was a game of scoring drives as Rhode Island snagged a 14-6 lead early on using a 14-4 spree before Duquesne hit a 12-4 drive of its own paced by eight points from Futrell to tie the game 18-18 at 10:33. The Rams answered back with a 10-2 run and regained its lead going up 28-20 at 7:17 and extending it to 33-26 with 5:39 ticking. The Dukes ended strong out-scoring the Rams 11-5 to end the game as Sharon capped the spree with a three-point goal with :02 ticking for a 37-38 reach at the half.
The Dukes hit the second frame hard opening with a nine unanswered points led by Bautre's eight markers to take a 49-41 edge at 17:25. Rhode Island then executed a 17-6 run to overcome the deficit and take a 55-52 lead on a three-point goal with 13:20 on the clock. Hall hit a three to spark an 8-0 run which gave the Dukes a 60-55 edge midway through the frame. URI answered with an 11-2 drive to grab a 66-62 edge with 6:32 ticking, but Futrell's trey sparked yet another DU drive as the Dukes out-scored the Rams 13-2 for a 76-68 lead at 3:11. The Rams rattled off five unanswered points and brought the game to a 76-78 reach on a King three-point goal with 1:05 ticking. Sharon was sent to the line for make the first of the one-and-one bonus, grabbed her own rebound off the miss and was sent to the line again as she was fouled in a scramble for a loose ball. Sharon hit both free throws for an 81-76 lead with just :26 ticking. Rhode Island was changed with a technical foul in the final seconds as they called for a time out and did not have any remaining. Bautre took the shots making the second for the 82-76 final.
The Dukes hit .529 (27-51) from the field to URI's .439 (29-66) and connected on .818 (18-22) free throws for the game. Rhode Island held a 34-32 edge in rebounding.
The Dukes return to action this Sunday as they host UMass in a 2:00 pm tip. It's Take A Kid To the Game Day and all youths 18 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.