Dukes Take Howard 97-76
Dec. 19, 2004
Sophomore Loui Hall (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin) led four Dukes in double figures with a career-high 24 points and added a career-best 10 rebounds as Duquesne captured a 97-76 win over visiting Howard Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center. Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) grabbed a game- and career-best 18 rebounds and added 12 points while Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia) netted 18 points and Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia) added 11 points. Rebecca Bonasso (Fairmont, W.Va./Morgantown) led the game with five steals. Daisha Hicks led the game and Howard with a personal-best 29 points and dished out seven assists.
The Dukes held an 11-7 lead on a Sinclair goal at 14:21, but the Lady Bisons' Hicks cut the lead to an 11-12 reach at 13:38 on a jumper. Bautre hit five of the Dukes' seven unanswered points for a 19-11 edge and DU hit an 11-0 run over 1:50 for a 28-13 lead as Jade Singleton connected on the three-point play to end the spree. The Dukes added to the drive ending with a 17-2 run over 3:16. Erin Crawford's goal at 6:06 game the Dukes their largest lead of the frame, 43-17. Brittany James hit six unanswered for Howard in just over one minute, cutting it to a 19-point game before Hicks capped the 9-2 drive giving the visitor a 30-48 reach. Dukes held a 54-32 lead at the half on a 5-2 run, setting a new Duquesne Palumbo Center record for first half points. The former mark was 53 set vs. UMass in 1997. The Dukes out-rebounded the Lady Bison 29-15 and recorded 22 second-chance points - they grabbed 16 offensive boards.
The second frame started out sloppy as the squads combined for 12 turnovers in the 4:09 of play. The Lady Bison held the scoring edge with a 13-4 drive to get within a 45-58 reach at 13:55. Hall netted seven of the Dukes' nine unanswered points to up the lead to 67-45 with 12:01 ticking. Howard executed a 12-5 drive to get the game to a 59-74 reach before Brittany Warren hit two free throws putting the game at 76-62 with 7:33 ticking. The Lady Bison used a 9-3 drive bring the game to a 68-79 reach, their closest of the second half, but they would not get any closer. Duquesne followed up with a 13-2 run, which included a 9-13 effort from the free throw line, for a 92-70 lead. Howard would not get closer than 20 points thereafter.
Duquesne held a 55-39 rebounding advantage and shot .470 (31-66) from the field to Howard's .383 (31-81).
The Dukes will take the week off from competition before traveling to Cornell Dec. 28 for a 5:30 pm contest. The Dukes return home Dec. 31 to host Ohio in the tail-end of a double-header. Game time is approximately 3:30 pm.
Quick Notes: The Dukes set a new Duquesne Palumbo Center record with their 30 made free throws and tied the Palumbo mark with 42 attempts ... the Dukes' 31 turnovers also set a new Palumbo mark ... DU's 54 first half points are a new Palumbo best and the 97 points is the second-most scored by a team at the Palumbo ... Howard set a new opponent record with its 21 steals and 33 fouls.