Dukes Take Dayton 59-51 in A-10 Play
Feb. 18, 2005
Duquesne women's basketball team won its second-straight with a 59-51 Atlantic 10 win over visiting Dayton Friday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Junior Maria Stankevich led four of five starters in double figures with 16 points followed by Sinclair with 12, Aiga Bautre with 11 and Loui Hall with 10 markers. Nicole Sinclair led the Dukes with 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double points/rebounds game. Cara Wright paced the Flyers with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She went 11-20 from the field.
After a 4-4 tie early in the first frame, Stankevich hit a three-pointer followed by a Hall lay-up for a 9-4 Duquesne edge at 11:51. Dayton followed up with a 6-0 run for a 10-9 lead at 9:31 before Stankevich and Sinclair put the host back up 14-10 at 7:23. Bautre's jumper at 5:02 gave the Dukes their largest lead of the game with a 20-14 edge and the Flyers would not get closer than four points at the close of the first frame with the last being the 24-20 half-time score.
Duquesne came out sluggish in the second frame hitting just 1-5 from the field and tossing away five turnovers in the first five minutes of play. Dayton took advantage of the situation and out-scored the Red & Blue 14-4 in the first six minutes to grab their largest lead of the contest, 34-28, at 13:24. Duquesne answered with a 10-0 run, which included three-pointers from Stankevich and Bautre, capped by Brittany Warren's lay-up at 9:18 for a 38-34 edge. The Flyers knotted the contest at 38-38 with 8:06 ticking, but the Dukes followed up with a 9-0 run for a 47-38 advantage with 4:40 ticking. Duquesne concluded that spree out-scoring UD by a total of 13-3 to grab the largest lead of the contest (51-41) with 2:29 to go. Dayton got to within a seven-point reach three times and a trey with :13 ticking cut the edge to six (51-57), but Bautre hit 2-2 free throws at :10 for the 59-51 final.
The Dukes shot .411 (23-56) from the field and were 8-11 (.727) from the free throw line while Dayton hit 22-63 (.349) from the field. Duquesne held a 43-53 rebounding edge and the Flyers snagged 10 steals to the Dukes' five.
The win puts Duquesne at 9-15 overall, 4-9 in league play while Dayton falls to 11-13 on the season, 5-8 in A-10 action.
Duquesne travels to La Salle this Sunday for a noon Atlantic 10 tip-off. The game will be broadcast live by the A10-TV and can be seen locally on Fox Sports Net.