Duquesne Women Take La Salle 74-69
Feb. 15, 2004
In a back and forth game that featured 11 ties and 25 lead changes, the Duquesne Dukes were able to hold off the LaSalle Explorers by a score of 74-69. Senior guard Candace Futrell scored five points in the last 27 seconds of the game to help lock the game up.
Futrell's three pointer unlocked a tie game to make the score 72-69, and after a traveling violation by LaSalle's Shaune McLaughlin, Futrell iced the game with two more points from the foul line.
Futrell improved her Atlantic 10 leading scoring average by pouring in a game high 24 points. Her 11 rebounds was also a game high, making this game the fifth time this year that has recorded a double-double. Futrell also moved past 1992 graduate Darcie Vincent as Duquesne's second leading scorer of all time. Futrell's 1,557 points trails only 1998 graduate Korie Hlede's 2,631 points.
LaSalle's balanced attack offensively made it tough for the Dukes to put the game away. Five Explorers scored in double figures led by guard Meghan Wilkinson's 16 points. Davineia Payne scored 13 points and Kat Foley, Monica Garrido-Sanz, and Atlantic 10 Rookie Of The Week Crista Ricketts each chipped in with 11 points.
Duquesne's all-time assist leader Shiri Sharon had eight on the day to go along with her 12 points. Aiga Bautre and Nicole Sinclair also had double figures in points with Bautre scoring 11 and Sinclair scoring 10. The Dukes were quite accurate, shooting at a 46.6% (27-58) clip from the floor.
The Explorers also shot well at 42.2% (27-64) from the field, but could not convert the critical baskets in the second half as they went 0-6 from the three-point line in the decisive period. Wilkinson's four three pointers in the first half were the only long-range shots that they made for the entire game.
LaSalle's Crista Ricketts was able to tie the game at 58 apiece with 6:04 remaining in the game and, neither team was able to hold a lead of more than three points for the rest of the game until Futrell's free throws with nine seconds remaining. The lead changed hands four times and there were five ties in the last six minutes of the ball game.
Duquesne improved their record to 13-11 (8-5) and their next conference game will be on Thursday the 19th against Dayton. The Explorers dropped to 12-11 (5-8) and they will take on Xavier on Thursday.