Duquesne Women Fall to Pitt 61-56
Nov. 19, 2006
PITTSBURGH, PA - Duquesne (1-1) lost a 61-56 contest to the University of Pittsburgh (4-0) Sunday afternoon in the annual "City Game" rivalry. Senior Loui Hall led the Dukes with a game-high 15 points and freshman Keri Pryor led the team with nine rebounds and three steals. The Panthers' Marcedes Walker had a double-double leading her team with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
"I'm proud of how are kids battled and played and so did Pitt. The game was played like it should," said Coach Durkin. "Our goal was to keep (Marcedes) Walker and (Shavonte) Zellous down and I think we did that."
The Dukes took an early 4-3 lead on a 3-pointer by sophomore Kristi Little at the 17:13 mark before senior Carmen Bruce's jumper gave the Red & Blue its largest and what would be only other lead of the game, 8-5, at with 14:35 left in the first half.
Pitt went on a 16-7 run in the next 7:38 of action to take a 21-15 lead, one they would not relinquish. At the half, Pittsburgh held a 37-30 lead and held a 22-10 rebounding advantage.
In the second half, DU got within a basket of tying the score on five separate occasions: the latest with 6:11 remaining in regulation with the Panthers leading 51-49. Pitt would hold off Duquesne down the stretch and prevailed 61-56 despite the Dukes getting to a three-point reach twice, the last being 59-56 on a Hall free throw.
The Panthers dominated on the boards holding a 50-33 margin, but committed one more turnover (15-14) than Duquesne. Both teams shot 35% from the field, and struggled from behind the arc (2-13 for Pitt, 3-18 for Duquesne).
"Players make plays at the end of the game and Loui (Hall) put us in a position for a one-possession game down the stretch," adds Durkin. "It should come down to a last shot or possession and I think we played like we should. But we got killed on the boards."
Duquesne's next home game is against Niagara on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm. After that, they take to the road for the first time this season in the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Classic November 24th (vs. Furman) and 25th (vs. North Carolina-Wilmington, or Youngstown State).