Women's Hoops Falls in Exhibition Bout
Nov. 13, 2004
The Duquesne University women's basketball team opened its 2004-05 slate with an exhibition contest vs. UMMC Ekateringburg, a Russian Junior National team, and suffered a 81-55 loss. Sophomore Loui Hall led the Red & Blue with 10 points in 20 minutes of action while junior Nicole Sinclair grabbed a game-best nine rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
Irina Baranenko led the game with 23 points hitting 5-5 from three-point range.
Aiga Bautre led the Dukes with five assists and two steals, but was 0-8 from three-point range. She has been the Dukes' long-range leader the past two seasons.
UMMC opened the game taking a 12-7 lead before the Dukes chipped away at the margin and got within a 17-18 reach as sophomore Takneekia Baker connected on a pair of free throws midway through the period. The Russians answered with a three-point goal for a 21-17 cushion before junior Maria Stankevich, a Russian native from St. Petersburg, hit a three-pointer for the host Dukes giving them a 20-23 reach, but they would not get closer to a lead. Duquesne would score just seven points afterward in the final 6:54 of action for a 27-40 halftime deficit.
The visitor upped its lead to 46-13 at 17:45 in the second frame before back-to-back three-points goals from Loui Hall and junior college transfer Erin Crawford cut the game to a nine-point reach (37-46) at 16:53. The Dukes would get to a nine-point reach again (41-50) on a pair of goals from Sinclair at 12-:46 and 12:32 before Ekateringburg rattled off a 26-6 scoring drive over 6:08 of clock time for a 76-47 lead. Freshman Jade Singleton nailed a put-back at 2:44 and a lay-up at 2:18 for a 51-75 deficit. Stankevich hit 2-2 from the charity strip at 2:03 and freshman Jocelyn Chandler closed out the Dukes' scoring on a jumper at 1:19 for a 55-79 reach.
The Dukes, who set a new season team record (201) for three-pointers made last season, hit just 4-21 from long range, but connected on 7-8 from the free throw line. The Dukes shot just .328 (22-67) from the field to UMMC's .660 (31-47). They were also 7-10 from three-point range and 12-17 from the free throw line.
Duquesne opens its regular season next Friday traveling to East Carolina for a 7:00 pm tip-off.