Women's Hoops Downs Pitt 92-80
Dec. 3, 2003
The Duquesne women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 92-80 victory at the University of Pittsburgh Wednesday evening. Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) led the Dukes and tied the game lead with 25 points while Shiri Sharon (Jordan Valley, Israel) led the contest with seven assists. Four other Dukes hit double figures in Sharon (16 points), Aiga Bautre (15 points), Omega Harrington (12 points) and Nicole Sinclair (10 points). The Dukes improve to 3-3 overall while Pitt falls to 1-2 on the season.
Pitt was led by LaToya Kincaid with 25 points and Jennifer Brown with nine rebounds.
Duquesne snagged an early 12-7 lead on an 8-2 run at 17:23 mark and extended its lead to a 24-11 edge on back-to-back three-point goals by Sharon and Bautre with 7:34 ticking in the first frame. The Dukes grabbed a 40-20 margin with 5:28 ticking and never looked back as they took a 54-28 lead into the half. Three Dukes had double-figure scoring in the first frame in Futrell (14), Bautre (12) and Sharon (10). The Dukes shot the lights out hitting 20-29 from the field (.690), 8-10 (.800) from the three and 6-6 from the free throw and committed just five turnovers while forcing 12.
Duquesne held a solid lead in the second half keeping it to at least 21 points before a 7-0 Pitt spree got the Panthers to a 57-75 reach at 8:16. Maria Stankevich hit two free throws later in the frame for an 81-62 Duquesne lead at 6:12, but Pitt took advantage of some Duquesne turnovers and missed shots to inch within a 10-point reach several times with the last being 80-90 with :08 showing. Bautre ended the game's scoring netting two free throws for the 92-80 final.
Duquesne shot an impressive .609 (28-46) for the game and hit 12-17 three pointers (.706) for the game while Pitt shot just .358 (24-67) from the field and 8-26 (.308) from the three. The Panthers led the rebounding with a 38-26 edge.
The win marks the fourth-straight for the Dukes over the Panthers and it is the first 90+ point game for the Dukes since a 99-point effort vs. Virginia Tech back in 1998.
The Dukes return to play this Saturday as they travel to Vanderbilt for a 3:00 pm contest.