Temple Tops Duquesne, 64-55
Feb. 12, 2004
Philadelphia, Pa. - Duquesne University's women's basketball team was stopped by the Temple Owls 64-55 Thursday at the Owls' Liacouras Center. A-10 scoring leader Candace Futrell led Duquesne with 23 points. Maria Stankevich added 11 points, blocked two shots and topped all players with a game-high nine boards. Shiri Sharon passed out a game-best six assists.
Temple's Cynthia Jordan led all scorers with 25 points. Candice Dupree added 14 points and had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Dukes held an early 5-2 lead before Temple rattled off an 8-0 run to take 10-5 edge with 12:08 ticking. The Dukes cut the lead to a 9-10 reach, but the Owls extended their lead to 17-11 on a three-point goal and held a 22-13 margin at 5:13. Duquesne stepped-up its play and ended the half on a 12-2 run for a 25-24 lead at the break. The Dukes held a 20-15 advantage in rebounding, including eight offensive boards.
The Red & Blue took a 34-30 lead in the second half on two three-pointers from Futrell at 17:44 and DU went up 38-33 at 13:53 before a Temple goal cut the edge to a 38-35 reach mid-way through. The Dukes held a 48-45 edge at the 6:25 mark before the Owls knotted the contest at 48-48 on a trey. Futrell gave the Dukes a 50-48 edge at 5:45, but it would be their last. Temple hit another long-range goal to take just the second lead of the half (51-10) and went up 53-50 at 2:34 on two made free throws. Missed shots and fouls plagued the Dukes in the final minutes and Temple turned up the full-court press to secure the 64-55 victory.
Duquesne is now 12-11, 7-5 in Atlantic 10 play. Temple upped its record to 14-8 and remain atop the A-10 East Division with a 10-1 mark.
The Dukes will take on another Philadelphia team when the La Salle Explorers visit Pittsburgh for a Sunday, Feb. 15 matchup at 2:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.