Lady Hoopers Fall at La Salle, 62-54
Feb. 20, 2005
The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered a 54-62 loss at the hands of La Salle Sunday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 match-up in Philadelphia. Brittany Warren and Aiga Bautre led the Dukes with 11 points each and Nicole Sinclair grabbed a game-best 12-rebounds. Davineia Payne led all scorers and La Salle with 25 points. The Explorers were without two of their top players as Meghan Wilkinson and Crista Ricketts sat with injuries.
La Salle opened on a 7-0 run before Loui Hall ended a three-minute scoring drought for a 2-7 deficit. The Explorers held a 14-4 lead at 12:30 on a 7-2 run. Maria Stankevich's pair of free throws ended a 2:25 scoring drought for the Dukes who trailed 6-14 with 12:01 ticking. A 14-4 drive by the Dukes got them within an 18-19 reach at 5:54 as the Explorers had not scored since the 9:08 mark. Four unanswered by La Salle upped their lead to 23-18 at 4:34 before Brittany Warren and Stankevich hit field goals for a 22-23 reach at 3:11. A put-back by Warren gave the Red & Blue their first lead of the game, 24-23 and a three by Bautre upped the Duke' edge to 27-23 at :54. Duquesne held a 27-24 lead at the half.
Duquesne held a commanding 24-15 rebounding margin in the first frame and out-shot the Explorers .379 (11-29)to .333 (10-30) from the field.
Warren's three sparked a 7-2 run to opening the second frame for a 32-26 lead, but a 10-0 La Salle spree put the host back on top 36-34 on a three-point goal at 12:33. Alyssa Borasky hit two free throws at 12:04 to end a 4:44 scoring drought and pulled the Dukes to a 36-36 tie. La Salle answered with a trey for a 39-36 edge before Hall's three knotted the contest at 39-39 with 10:40 ticking. The game would see four other ties with the last being 47-47 on two La Salle free throws. Bonasso gave DU a 50-47 edge, but the Explorers rattled off a 7-0 run for a 54-50 advantage. Bonasso hit her second three of the day at 2:38 to get the Dukes to a 53-54 reach. La Salle went 4-4 from the line for a 58-56 lead and Sinclair hit the second of two getting Duquesne to a 54-58 reach, but La Salle would end the frame making 8-9 from the charity stripe for the 62-54 final.
La Salle shot .462 (12-26) in the second half, which included a 4-8 effort from the three, for a .393 (22-56) accuracy for the game. Duquesne went .377 (20-53) for the game and out-rebounded the Explorers 41-29 in the contest, but committed 17 turnovers to La Salle's seven.
Duquesne falls to 9-16 overall, 4-10 in league play while La Salle improved to 11-13, 5-8 in the Atlantic 10.
Duquesne returns to action this Friday Thursday, Feb. 24 as it travels to George Washington for a 7:00 pm Atlantic 10 tip-off.