Women's Hoops Takes James Madison 70-53
Nov. 27, 2002
Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) led all scorers with 15 points as the Dukes defeated visiting James Madison 70-53 Wednesday evening at the Palumbo Center. Beth Friday (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and Shiri Sharon (Jordan Valley, Israel/Ostrovsky) each recorded double-doubles in the contest as Friday grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds and added 10 points and Sharon dished out 10 assists and netted 11 markers.
Shanna Price and Jody LeRose led James Madison with 12 points each. Nadine Morgan led the JMU with 10 boards.
The first half saw three ties and three lead changed in the first seven minutes before Duquesne rattled off a 10-0 run for a 22-12 lead with 9:49 remaining. James Madison saw over five minutes of scoreless play before a 13-0 drive, which included three extra-point goals, gave the visitor a 25-22 edge as 2:44 remained in the first half. Sharon hit her second three-point goal of the half to tie the game 25-25 at the 2:15 mark followed by a lay-up from Madison's Jess Cichowicz for a 25-27 DU deficit. Futrell nailed her second trey of the half with :04 on the clock to give Duquesne a 28-27 advantage at the break.
Duquesne out-scored James Madison 8-2 to open the second half for a 38-31 lead with just three minutes off the clock, but the visiting Dukes hit two goals in :20 for a 35-38 reach of the lead - their closest of the second period. Nikolina Pender sparked a 20-6 Duquesne scoring spree, which gave the Dukes a 58-41 advantage and the lead for good with 8:35 to go. Nicole Sinclair's lay-up at 6:42 started an 8-2 DU drive that was capped by Friday's jumper at 3:01 for the Dukes' largest lead of the game (68-48).
Duquesne shot .519 (28-54) from the field while James Madison shot just .328 (22-67) for the game. Four Dukes hit double figures as Nikolina Pender also added 10 points in the win. Friday's double-double marked the 33rd of her career and first this season while it was Sharon's fourth on her career and first of the season as well.
The Red & Blue are back in action this Saturday as they take to the road for the first time this season to face Robert Morris in a 2:00 pm contest.