Dukes Snap Two-Game Losing Skid
Nov. 26, 2005
Duquesne snapped a two-game losing skid with a 70-60 victory over Bradley in the consolation game of the Miami Thanksgiving Classic Saturday evening at the BankUnited Center. Aiga Bautre hit a game-best 21 points, which included 14 in the second half, to lead the Dukes. Loui Hall added 15 and Nicole Sinclair poured in 12 markers and grabbed a game-best eight rebounds in the win. Brittany Warren snagged a game-best five steals as well for the Dukes who had 12 for the game. Bradley was paced by Ashley Chelleen's 14 points, eight of which came from the free throw line.
The Dukes held an early 21-13 on a three pointer from Stankevich and had five quick points from Bautre who hit a three and a lay-up off a steal in the in a :20 span giving the Red & Blue a 26-15 margin at 7:16. Hall upped the lead to a 28-15 edge at 6:17, but the Braves rattled off an 8-0 run to inch their way to a 23-28 reach as 3:21 remained. Duquesne went up 34-23 with :13 ticking and Bradley closed out the half hitting a three in the final seconds, but the Dukes held a 34-26 advantage at the break.
Duquesne shot an astounding .519 (14-27) from the field the first half to the Braves' .303 (10-33). Bradley was 2-10 from the three while the Dukes hit 3-7 from behind the arc.
The Dukes held a 45-33 lead in the second frame as Bautre hit eight of the team's 11 points. Duquesne then suffered a six-minute scoring drought and the Brave rattled off six unanswered to get within a 39-45 reach at 13:46. Bautre snapped the cold streak hitting her third trey of the game to up the Dukes' lead to a 48-39 edge as 12:49 remained. The Braves used a 10-3 run to get within a 49-51 reach at the 9:02 mark before Sinclair hit the one-and-one bonus for a 56-49 DU lead as 8:09 remained. Bradley got within a 57-58 reach at the 4:24 mark netting four points off of Duquesne turnovers and hitting two free throws.
Duquesne hit 23-499 from the field (.469) and held the Brave to just 20-65 (.308) shooting. Rebounds were tied at 39 each. The Dukes also hit 7-15 (.467) from the three and 17-22 (.773) from the charity stripe.
The Dukes return to the Burgh and travel up Forbes Avenue to face cross-town rival Pitt on Wednesday, Dec. 3, for a 7:00 pm tip.
Bautre was named to the five-member all-tournament team.
2005 University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament