Dukes Take Panthers 82-71
Dec. 7, 2004
Loui Hall's (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) game-best 18 points paced the four Dukes in double-figure scoring in an 82-71 victory over crosstown rival Pitt Tuesday night at the Palumbo Center. Duquesne takes the City Game title for the fifth-straight year and handed the Panthers (6-1) their first loss of the season.
Aiga Bautre nearly notched a triple-double with 17 points, a team-best 10 rebounds and eight assists while Erin Crawford netted a persona-best 17 markers. Nicole Sinclair added 14 points and tied the team-lead with three steals in the win.
Marcedes Walker led the Panthers with 15 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Pitt took a 5-1 lead to open the game but quickly saw the leas slip away as the Dukes snagged an 8-7 edge on two Sinclair free throws. But the Panthers responded with a 6-2 spree for a 13-10 lead as 14:36 ticked. Bautre netted five points and Jocelyn Chandler added a bucket for a 7-0 Duquesne drive and 17-13 edge. Both teams were relentless and the Dukes regained a 24-20 lead before a jumper and three-pointer from the Panthers game the visitor a 25-24 edge at 6:53. Chandler's trey at 6:24 sparked an 11-3 Duquesne drive, which was led by Crawford's seven points, for a 35-28 lead at 1:09 - the largest of the first half. The Panthers' Danielle Taylor ended the game's scoring hitting six points in the final minute to get Pitt to a 35-33 reach at the intermission.
Sinclair scored early in the second frame for a 37-34 margin before Vika Sholokhova hit a long-range goal to tie the game 37-37 at 18:58, but they would never see a lead in the period. Pitt brought the game to a 39-40 reach at 17:59, but Bautre hit a three-pointer to start a 15-5 run which game the Red & Blue a 55-44 lead with 11:24 to go. The Panthers would get within a five-point reach on an 8-2 drive, but would not get closer to a lead. The Dukes hit a 9-2 run sparked by Hall's three-pointer for a 72-60 lead at 2:33 to secure the win.
Pitt held a 50-42 lead on the boards but where out-shot .421 (24-57) to .333 (24-72) from the field and .421 (8-19) to .318 (7-22) from behind the arc.
Duquesne (2-4) will take a week off for finals and return to play Dec. 17 when its travels to Robert Morris for a 7:30 pm contest. Brittany Warren, a mid-semester transfer from RMU last season, will be eligible to compete in her first contest that day for the Dukes.