Dukes Take Fordham 70-61 on Senior Night
Feb. 27, 2005
The Duquesne women's basketball concluded its 2005 regular with a 70-61 victory over visiting Fordham Sunday evening at the Palumbo Center for Senior Night. Junior Aiga Bautre led the game and three Dukes in scoring with 18 points, which included a 4-6 effort from the three-point line. Sophomore Loui Hall added 15 points and junior Maria Stankevich added 15 as well. Junior Nicole Sinclair led the Dukes' with eight rebounds and five assists. Fordham was led by Kyshawn Ruff's 16 points - she was 6-6 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. The Rams' Jada Jefferson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hall put the Dukes up 12-7 with a three-point goal at the 16:04 mark capping a 6-0 scoring drive, but Fordham answered with a 7-0 run of its own for a 14-12 lead with 13:40 ticking. Sinclair hit two free throws to start a 12-4 Duquesne run, which included three point goals from Bautre, Rebecca Bonasso and Hall, to snag a 24-18 advantage at 9:23. A three-point play by the Rams' Ruff got the visitor to a 25-28 reach at 6:12 before Bautre hit a three and nailed a put-back for a 33-25 edge with 4:17 remaining. Fordham then hit a 7-2 run to get within a 34-35 reach on a Monica Mack trey with 1:33 ticking, but the Dukes would hold a 38-36 edge at the break.
The Dukes were 13-27 (.481) from the field and 8-9 (.889) from the arc in the first frame. They out-rebounded Fordham 20-15. Fordham shot 14-32 (.438) from the field, but suffered from the three going 3-11 (.273). They were 5-5 from the charity stripe.
Hall opened the second half with a three-pointer for a 41-36 margin and Stankevich's jumper put the Dukes up 43-38, but Fordham rattled off seven unanswered points to grab a 45-43 lead - their first since the 14-12 edge early in the opening frame. Brittany Warren regained the Dukes' edge with a trey at 14:29 (46-45) to start a 9-2 run that put the host up 52-49 with 12:31 remaining. An open three-pointer from Mack inched the Rams to a 52-54 deficit at 9:44, but Bonasso followed suit with a three and Stankevich landed a jumper for a 59-52 cushion at the 7:31 mark. A Warren basket and Bautre three extended the Dukes' lead to 64-54 at 5:35, but the Red & Blue went cold seeing 3:49 of scoreless play as Fordham sprang to a 7-0 drive to get to a 61-63 reach at 2:27. Stankevich was fouled in the final minutes as she made a desperation shot to avoid the shot clock violation hitting both for a 66-61 lead followed up with a bucket at :29 before Hall hit both free throws on the one-and-one at :06.8 showed for the 70-61 final.
The Dukes (10-17, 5-11) shot .429 (24-56) from the field; .632 (12-19) from the three and .769 (10-13) from the line. Their 12 three-pointers was just one shy of tying the Palumbo Center record. Fordham (9-20, 5-11) connected on .379 (25-66) from the field, was just 5-23 (.217) from the arc and hit 6-6 from the charity stripe.
Duquesne ended the regular season as the West #6 seed and will face East #3 seed Massachusetts at 2:00 pm this Friday in the second game of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The winner will advance to face West #2 seed Xavier (19-8, 13-3) on Saturday at 2:00 pm.