Women's Hoops Upsets Visiting Saint Joseph's
Feb. 9, 2003
Duquesne women's basketball improved to 13-8 overall, 6-4 in the Atlantic 10 with a 68-64 victory over visiting Saint Joseph's (14-8, 9-2) Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center. Candace Futrell led the Dukes with 18 points while Beth Friday added 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for her 46th career double-double. Shiri Sharon led the game with nine assists and added nine points.
The win snapped a four-game winning streak for the Hawks, who stood first in the Atlantic 10 East. Irina Krasnoshiok led SJU and the game with 21 points and she added 11 boards.
The game opened with two ties and five lead changes before a 7-0 Hawks' run gave them a 15-9 lead at 12:24. Aiga Bautre hit five of the Dukes' nine points in a 9-2 drive to grab an 18-17 edge at 6:54. Five lead changes followed and a three-point goal by Saint Joseph's gave the Hawks a 29-24 lead with 4:09 remaining. The teams traded goals and kept the game within a three-point reach before Futrell's lay-up with :03 to go put the Dukes within a 32-33 reach at the half.
The second frame saw much of the same with five lead changes to open play before SJU rattled off five unanswered points to take a 44-39 lead with 15:49 remaining. The Dukes followed suit with a 6-1 drive capped by Friday's bucket to tie the contest at 45-45 with 12:35 ticking. The Hawks regained a 49-45 lead on back-to-back goals before freshmen Kristin Kalervo and Nicole Sinclair scored within :32 to knot the game at 49-49. Sharon's three-point goal at 7:30 sparked an 8-2 run which gave DU a 57-53 margin with 5:25 ticking. Saint Joseph's would get within a 59-57 reach at 4:09, but Duquesne out-scored the Hawks 9-3 to grab the largest lead of the contest, 68-60, with :27 on the clock. St. Joe's hit two free throws and a put-back goal to end the game.
Duquesne held a commanding 40-28 lead in rebounding, which included 21 offensive boards. The Dukes shot .452 (28-62) for the game to SJU's .471 (24-51).
The Dukes return to play on Feb. 13 as they travel to Richmond for a 7:00 pm Atlantic 10 tip.