Dukes Suffer 60-56 Loss at Robert Morris
Dec. 17, 2004
The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered a 60-56 loss at Robert Morris Friday night at the Sewell Center in Moon Twp., Pa. The loss puts DU at 2-5 on the year while the Colonials move to 5-3 on the season.
Sophomore Loui Hall led the Dukes with 16 points and junior Nicole Sinclair added 11 markers and grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds, her third double-double of the season, to lead the Red & Blue. Robert Morris was led by Sugiery Monsac with 24 points.
Freshman Rebecca Bonasso hit a three-point goal to put the Dukes up 13-7 at 14:03 in the first frame and sparked a 10-2 scoring drive to give DU an 18-9 lead with 12:01 remaining. The Dukes held a comfortable edge before Le'Sheala Dawson, in the midst of a 7-0 Colonials run, stole the ball from junior Aiga Bautre in RMU's paint area and hit the short lay-up to aid the host as they inched to a 25-22 reach with 3:21 ticking. The Dukes held a 29-24 edge at the break led by Bonasso and Hall with eight points each. Duquesne out-rebounded the Colonials 22-12 in the first frame and shot .571 (12-21) from the field to the host's .324 (11-34). RMU was just 1-14 from long range.
Robert Morris used an 8-4 run in the second half to get within one (33-32) at 16:03 on the clock before a quick 5-0 Duquesne drive gave the Dukes a 38-34 edge with 13:25 remaining. Bonasso hit a trey at 12:07 for a 43-36 edge, but the Colonials played hard, physical ball to keep the game within six-points. Monsac tied the game at 45-45 and Robert Morris took its first lead of the game with a 47-45 edge on two Monsac free throws. The game would see three ties afterward, with the Dukes holding a 54-50 edge with 3:24 to go. Robert Morris grabbed a 58-56 lead with :37 showing on Monsac's three-pointer; she clinched the 60-56 win with two free throws. Duquesne had some costly turnovers and missed opportunities in the final seconds. The Colonials snagged 14 points on DU turnovers in the second frame.
Duquesne out-rebounded Robert Morris 43-31 for the game and limited Monsac, who leads the NCAA with 14+ boards per game, to five grabs. DU committed 29 turnovers in the contest to RMU's 11 miscues.
Duquesne had four players in double figures. In addition to Hall and Sinclair, Bonasso had her first double digit game, scoring 11 Friday on 4-for-5 shooting, including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Bautre, added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior post player Maria Stankevich had all of Duquesne's four blocks.
Dawson added 10 points for the Colonials while Tess Cooley pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.
The Dukes return home to protect their 2-0 Palumbo Center mark this Sunday at 2:00 pm versus Howard. It's a Toys-For-Tots Drive and Duquesne Spirit Day. Come out, bring a new toy for an underprivileged child and watch some great basketball for free!