Dukes Lose At Penn State, 71-55
Nov. 23, 2004
University Park, Pa. - Duquesne University's women's basketball team lost a 71-55 road battle to nationally ranked Penn State Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Junior Aiga Bautre led the Red and Blue with a career-high and game-best 20 points. Fellow junior Nicole Sinclair also hit her career high with 17 points while pulling down a team-best 11 rebounds.
In the opening half, Sinclair fed Bautre for a three-pointer that gave the Dukes their first lead, 7-5, with 17:54 to play in the period. DU regained the edge, 10-8, on Loui Hall's traditional three point play just over a minute later. Jess Strom's three-pointer put the Lady Lions back on top, 13-10, at the 15:33 mark, an advantage they would not surrender the rest of the game. PSU, which led by as many as 17 points in the opening stanza, took a 38-25 lead to the halftime break.
Bautre's jumper and foul shot inside of two minutes got the Dukes to their smallest deficit of the second half, 63-55. Penn State's 8-0 run closed the contest as the Lady Lions won their first game of the season against three losses.
Amanda Brown paced the host team with 18 points and Ashli Schwab grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds. Strom had six assists and Tanisha Wright snatched six steals, both game high numbers.
The Dukes were held to 34.5 percent shooting from the floor and committed 21 turnovers while dishing out just nine assists. Penn State, which outrebounded the Dukes 41-33, hit 42.l percent of their shots, had one more turnover than assist (15/14) while scoring 30 of their points on DU turnovers. DU had 11 points from PSU turnovers.
Duquesne (0-2) opens their home season on Saturday, November 27th when they will host Bowling Green (1-1) at 7:05 pm at the Palumbo Center.