Women's Hoops Wins Sixth-Straight
Dec. 9, 2002
Freshman Aiga Bautre led the Dukes with a career-best 18 points while Beth Friday notched her 37th career double-double with 16 points and a game-best 11 rebounds as Duquesne (6-1) took a 63-60 victory over visiting Toledo (4-2) Monday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The victory marks the sixth-straight for the Red & Blue who will see an 11-day break for finals before heading down to face West Virginia Dec. 21. Kelly Walker led Toledo tying the game-lead with 18 points.
Duquesne took an early 9-4 lead in the game before Tia Davis hit a three-point goal to cut the Dukes' lead to 9-7 at 15:30. Duquesne expanded its margin to 6-9 at 13:08, but saw the lead cut to 16-11 on two made Toledo free throws at 12:33. The Dukes then went on a 21-0 scoring barrage and held the Rockets scoreless for 8:17 to take their largest lead of the game (37-11) with 3:33 remaining. During that span, Toledo connected on just 4-of-25 shots (.160). UT hit five unanswered points over the next two minutes before Bautre's three-point goal with :26 gave the Dukes a 40-16 lead they would take into intermission.
Toledo came out strong and determined in the second half and cut the lead to a 39-50 reach out-scoring the Dukes 23-10 in the first 11:13 of action. A Toledo three-pointer and goal off a steal got UT within a 50-57 reach with 4:00 remaining. Friday hit two key free throws to give Duquesne a 59-50 cushion with 3:37 on the clock. Toledo's press and pressure defense slowed the Dukes down as the Rockets out-scored Duquesne 9-2 to get within a 61-60 reach with just :34 ticking. Friday again came through at the line hitting both free throws at :19 for a 63-60 lead. The Dukes' executed good defense and denied an open shot as Toledo attempted a tough three that fell short to give the Dukes the victory.
Duquesne shot .512 (22-43) for the game to Toledo's .351 (20-57) and out-rebounded the Rockets 37 to 26 for the contest. The Dukes gave up 23 points on 22 turnovers while UT committed just 12 turnovers in the game.