Duquesne Takes Pitt 62-60 to Win Fourth-Straight
Dec. 3, 2002
Freshman Aiga Bautre lead the Dukes tying her personal-best with 17 points shooting 7-10 from the field and 3-3 from three-point range as Duquesne took a 62-60 come-from-behind victory over visiting Pitt (3-1) to improved to 4-1 on the season. Beth Friday posted her 35th career double-double with a game-best 14 rebounds while adding 14 points. Nikolina Pender led the game with a career-best nine assists and added 11 points as well.
Pitt was led by Laine Selwyn with a game-best 22 points.
Pitt opened the contest out-scoring Duquesne 10-6 with 14:46 on the clock before the Dukes hit seven unanswered points to take a 13-10 edge at the 11:41 mark. Pitt then took control of the contest and sprang to a 14-0 run keeping the Dukes scoreless for 7:20 for a 24-13 lead - their largest of the contest. Bautre's jumper at 4:21 put the Dukes on the board again with a 13-22 deficit and she would cap a 7-0 run with a three-point goal with :50 ticking to get the Dukes within a 22-26 reach. Selwyn's jumper at :18 gave the Panthers a 28-22 edge at the intermission.
The Dukes' played solid defense to open the second frame and out-scored the Panthers 12-2 for a 34-30 lead with 13:25 remaining and finished the drive with a 23-9 to take their largest lead of the contest (45-37) with just under nine minutes remaining. Pitt hit back-to-back three-point goals to keep them alive and regained the lead via a 14-3 run for a 49-48 edge at the 5:06 mark. Bautre it another key three for a 51-49 DU lead before the Dukes gained a 53-49 advantage at 4:12 as Shiri Sharon hit two free throws on a Pitt technical. Consecutive treys by Pitt gave the visitor a 57-55 lead with 2:36 remaining before Pender's three put DU up 58-57 with 2:22 remaining. Two ties and two lead changes followed before Friday gave Duquesne a 61-60 edge on a miss and make free throw with :34. Sharon made the first of two free throws at :10 for the 62-60 final, but it wasn't over as a held ball was called with :08 on the missed free throw, which gave Pitt possession at the Dukes' basket. Selwyn drove hard into the paint, but her fell short to secure the Dukes' victory.