Dukes Suffer 73-63 Loss to SJU at A-10 Championship
March 6, 2004
The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered a 73-63 loss to Saint Joseph's (19-9) in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Saturday afternoon. The loss puts the Dukes' at 16-13 overall. Candace Futrell led all scorers with 21 points while Aiga Bautre netted 12 and Nicole Sinclair chipped in 11 markers. Sinclair led the game with 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double this season and Futrell hauled down 11 for her seventh double-double this year. Futrell also led the game with seven assists. Shiri Sharon played just 12 minutes as she was sidelined since the 7:43 mark of the first half with an finger injury.
Irina Kraqsnosiak led the Hawks with 16 points followed by 15 from Stephanie Graff and 14 from Erin Brady. Saint Joseph's received 32 of their points from the free throw line where they went 32-44 for the game.
Duquesne held a 41-34 rebounding margin and out-shot the Hawks .393 (22-56) to .367 (18-49) for the game, but suffered 20 turnovers, three of which resulted in loss of possession under their own basket in the second frame.
Sharon capped a 6-0 run at 16:00 to give the Dukes an 8-2 lead, by the Hawks used a 13-2 drive of their own to take a 14-10 margin wtih11:28 remaining. Duquesne got to a 13-14 reach at 11:09 before SJU rattled off seven unanswered points for a 21-13 lead at 8:52. They extended their lead to 29-18 at 3:48 hitting 6-6 free throws. The Hawks went on to hold a 31-25 margin at the half.
Duquesne brought the game to a 30-33 reach at 17:50 on a Bautre bucket, but Saint Joseph's went up 38-30 on a 5-0 run. Takneekia Baker broke a 4:25 scoring drought for the Dukes at 12:15 to bring the contest to a 32-38 edge before Erin Wehrle's goal at 11:39 put the game within a 34-38 reach. SJU then used a 9-2 run for a 49-39 lead as 8:05 showed. Three-point goals were key for the Hawks in the second frame where they netted four over a 5:20 span for a 57-47 lead with 4:41 ticking. The Dukes brought the game to a six-point reach afterward with the last being a 56-62 reach with 1:20 ticking, but the Hawks would hold on making 11-14 free throws to end the contest.
Duquesne now awaits word on a WNIT bid. The bracket will be announced after the NCAA selection show on Sunday, March 14.