Dukes Take UMass 46-42 in A-10 Match-Up
Feb. 8, 2004
The Dukes' women's basketball team won in a battle on Sunday against the University of Massachusetts by a score of 46-42. Aiga Bautre's shooting from the outside was a key factor in the hard fought victory. She went 7-10 from the field; including 4-7 from behind the three-point line. Bautre was the only player who was able to find her shooting touch this afternoon. She was the only player on either squad that shot above 50% during the game. She ended the day with 18 points.
Junior Edris Bailey led the way for UMass with 16 points and a game high 18 rebounds. Although they grabbed 44 rebounds including 17 on the offensive glass, UMass was only able to convert that into two second chance points. In the first half Massachusetts went on a three minute and 57 second scoring drought from the 16:32 mark, to 12:35 remaining in the half.
The game was epitomized by aggressive defensive play resulting in bodies on the floor throughout the day. Duquesne was held scoreless for a six minute and seven second stretch in the first half when they were up 13-8. But Massachusetts was only able to score two points during that time. UMass shot a dismal 30% (20-66) on the day, but Duquesne did not fare much better while shooting only 32% (17-54) for the afternoon.
Atlantic 10 leading scorer Candace Futrell added 14 points on the day to go along with her eight rebounds, and sophomore forward Nicole Sinclair chipped in with seven points and a team high nine rebounds. Maria Stankevich had a team and game high four blocks. All seven UMass players that got into the game grabbed at least two rebounds. The team got more rebounds (44) than they did points (42). This was the 12th time this season that UMass has out-rebounded their opposition yet their record in those games stands at 2-10. This was the sixth straight loss for the team whose record falls to 5-16 (1-9). Duquesne ups their overall record to 12-10, and their 7-4 record in the Atlantic 10 puts them at a tie for second place in the western division with Xavier.
The Dukes take on Temple on Thursday in Philadelphia in another conference battle. UMass will travel to Fordham on Friday for their next game.