Dukes Fall in Season Opener to Visiting Ohio State
Nov. 22, 2002
Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) led the Dukes and the game with a career-best 29 points while Beth Friday (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) added 13 points, but it wasn't enough as Duquesne fell 88-48 to visiting Ohio State in a mutual season-opener.
Futrell, who left the game briefly with a leg injury, also had a game-best eight rebounds, two assists and three steals on the evening. The Altoona junior was 4-of-8 from behind the arc and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Ashley Allen led the Buckeyes with 20 points and dished off a game-best eight assists.
Duquesne held an early 11-3 lead before the Buckeyes scored six straight to get within an 11-9 reach at the 13:56 mark before Nikolina Pender hit a jumper for a 13-9 cushion. The Dukes held a 15-11 edge before Ohio State knotted the game 15-15 with 9:00 on the clock. The Buckeyes took advantage of their speed to extend their scoring drive to 21-0 for a 32-15 advantage. The Dukes were held scoreless for 8:44 before Futrell landed a three-point goal for an 18-32 deficit with 2:42 to go. Ohio State would hold a 34-19 lead at the break. Duquesne committed 16 turnovers in the first half which resulted in 16 OSU points.
The Buckeyes opened the second frame on a three-point goal from Caity Matter for a 37-19 edge and would not let the Dukes closer than 24-42 early in the contest. Mid-way through the second half, Ohio State began a 17-7 scoring drive for a 69-38 edge and they never looked back.
Duquesne shot 80.0 percent from the free throw line (12-15) to the Buckeyes' 73.3 percent (11-15), but OSU out-shot DU 57.1 percent (36-63) to 32.0 percent (16-50) from the field for the game. OSU held a slim 32-31 rebounding advantage.
Duquesne (0-1) returns to action this Sunday as they host Lehigh (0-1) in a 2:00 pm tip-off at the Palumbo Center.