Dukes Fall to Temple After A Slow Second Half
Feb. 20, 2003
Duquesne dropped a 77-44 decision to visiting Temple Thursday night at the Palumbo Center. It marks the third-straight loss for the Dukes. Candace Futrell led Duquesne with 16 points while Beth Friday added 10 points and a game-best 13 rebounds for her 47th career double-double, 16th this season. Stacey Smalls led Temple and the game with 21 points.
The Dukes held a 15-7 lead at 12:31 on an 11-4 drive and extended their margin to 20-10 on a made free throw by Friday at 10:50. But then a 7-0 run by Temple cut the lead to a 20-17 Duquesne edge with 8:46 remaining. The Dukes answered back with a quick 5-0 run to build a 25-17 lead at 6:05. Temple's 9-1 drive tied the contest for the first time at 26-26. Nikolina Pender hit a bucket at 1:57 to give DU a 28-26 edge, but Temple once again tied the contest (28-28) at :31. The Dukes connected on two for four free throws for a 30-28 lead, but a three-point play by Smalls gave the Owls their first lead at 31-30 at :11 that they would take into the break.
The Dukes were scoreless for the first four minutes of the second frame as Temple extended its lead to a 35-30 edge at 15:54 before the Dukes chipped away at the margin and got within a 37-39 reach on Futrell's three-point goal at 14:35, but would not get closer to a lead. Temple out-scored the Dukes 23-5 over the next 7:38 for a 62-42 lead they would not relinquish. Omega Harrington's three-pointer at 6:57 would mark the last field goal for the Red & Blue. Futrell's two free throws at 4:58 concluded the Dukes' scoring. Duquesne committed 16 costly second half turnovers, which resulted in 19 Tempe points.
Duquesne held a 35-33 rebounding edge, but shot .395 (17-43) for the game to the Owls' .484 (31-64). Temple recorded 15 steals in the contest. Neither team faired well from the free throw line as the Dukes hit .438 (13-22) and Temple .563 (9-16).
The Dukes next host Xavier this Sunday, Feb. 23, in a 2:00 pm tip-off.