Loui Hall Leads DU over Bowling Green 68-63
Nov. 27, 2004
The Duquesne women's basketball team opened its home season taking a 68-63 victory led by sophomore Loui Hall's (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) career-best 20 points to improve to 1-2 on the season. Bowling Green dropped to 1-2 and was led by Ali Mann with 23 markers.
Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) and Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia) posted double-doubles as Sinclair hit 13 points and 10 rebounds and Stankevich had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Each swatted three shots to pace the game. Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia/Catholic Central -N.Y.) added 10 markers.
Bowling Green jumped to a 7-4 edge early on before Stankevich sparked a 5-0 run to give Duquesne its first lead at 9-8 with 14:17 ticking. The Falcons answered with a 15-6 spree to take a 23-15 edge - the largest lead of the frame. Erin Crawford ignited an 11-0 Dukes' run to give the host a 26-23 advantage, but BGSU used with a 6-0 run to regain a 32-28 edge. Duquesne quickly responded with a 6-0 drive of its own capped by Bautre's jumper at 1:01 to give DU a 34-32 edge and end the half's scoring.
Duquesne hit nine-unanswered points, which topped off a 14-4 drive, to open the second stanza and give the Dukes a 50-40 lead - the largest margin of the game. Emotions were high as a technical was charged to the Bowling Green bench, sending Bautre to the line. She missed both and momentum soared for the Falcons who then went on a 10-2 scoring run to get within a 50-52 reach at 8:30. The teams traded goals and missed baskets before Hall hit a three-point score for a 59-54 advantage at 2:46. Casey McDowell responded with a three-pointer for the Falcons for a 57-59 reach at 2:33. Hall hit her career-mark with a jumper at 2:00 before a free-throw frenzy began. Stankevich hit both of the one-one bonus for a 63-59 DU lead and Crawford made the second of two for the five-point edge with just :39 showing. A three-point goal from Mann closed the game to a 62-64 reach with :27 on the clock. The Dukes would make four of six free throws afterward to secure the win.
Duquesne held a commanding 52-38 edge in rebounding, but committed 16 turnovers to just eight from the Falcons. Neither team was strong from long range with the Dukes hitting .333 (4-12) and BGSU making .309 (5-22).