Dukes Suffer First Home Atlantic 10 Loss
Feb. 26, 2004
The Duquesne women's basketball suffered a 79-60 loss to visiting Richmond Thursday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center, putting a damper on Senior Night for Candace Futrell and Shiri Sharon who competed in the final home game of their four-year careers. The loss marks the first home league fall for the Dukes this season, who conclude the regular campaign 15-12 overall, 10-6 in the Atlantic 10.
Futrell led the Dukes with 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half, and added a game-best five steals. Sharon was second in scoring for the Red & Blue with 15 markers and she dished out a game-best seven assists. Futrell and Nicole Sinclair led the rebounding with six each. Saona Chapman paced Richmond with 24 points while Christina Campion grabbed a game-best 17 rebounds.
Richmond opened the game strong taking a 12-0 run as the Dukes missed their first six shots of the contest. Maria Stankevich put the Dukes on the board with at 15:57 followed by a Loui Hall bucket at 15:09 for a 4-12 deficit. The Spiders grabbed a 17-point lead (21-4) off a 9-0 run with 12:46 ticking. Erin Wehrle hit a jumper at 12:23 to start a 10-2 Duquesne run which cut the lead to nine (23-14), but the Spiders would close out the frame out-scoring Duquesne 13-7 for 36-21 edge at the break. The Dukes committed 14 first half turnovers which resulted in 13 Spider points and they hit just 1-10 shots from three-point range.
Richmond held a 43-26 lead off a three-point goal at 17:40 in the second half before the Dukes out-scored the visitor 15-7 for a 41-50 reach at 12:49. Richmond hit back-to-back goals to extend their lead to 54-41, but Sharon sparked a 13-4 Duquesne drive to cut the lead to a 54-58 reach as 6:13 remained. Richmond hit back-to-back threes to give them a 64-54 edge and the Dukes could not get within less than nine points afterward with the last being a 58-67 reach. The spiders ended the contest making 8-10 free throws as the Dukes tried to take advantage of missed opportunities at the charity stripe. Sharon ended the Dukes scoring with a bucket at :43.
The Dukes were out-rebounded 36 to 29 and out-shot .475 (29-61) to .439 (25-57) for the game. Duquesne was just 7-24 (.292) from behind the arc and attempted just five free throws for the contest.
The loss snapped a nine-game home winning streak for the Dukes.
Duquesne concludes the season as the No. 3 seed in the West Division of the Atlantic 10 and will face the No. 6 East seed, UMass on Friday March 5 in the opening round of the A-10 Championship at Saint Joseph's. The Dukes will play at either 2:00 pm (West highest overall seed) or 6:00 pm (East highest overall seed), depending on which division claims the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament.