Women Hoopers Fall to West Virginia
Dec. 20, 2003
The Duquesne women's basketball team suffered an 86-68 non-conference loss to visiting West Virginia Saturday evening at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) led the Red & Blue with 28 points followed by Aiga Bautre (Riga, Latvia) with 16 markers. Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia) notched her second double-double of the season with a game-best 11 rebounds and 14 points. It was the Dukes' first game after finals since their Dec. 6 trip to Vanderbilt.
Yolanda Paige led West Virginia with a career-best 32 points. The Mountaineers set a new opponent Palumbo Center record with 11 three-point goals. The Bulger sisters Kate and Meg (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) each added 14 points for WVU.
The game opened with 3:07 of scoreless play before Meg Bulger hit a three-point goal to start a 6-0 drive for the Mountaineers. Erin Wehrle's (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) put-back at 15:57 put the Dukes on the board, but WVU would hold a 20-9 lead with 12:23 ticking in the first frame. The Mountaineers extended their lead to 27-11 at the 8:20 mark before the Dukes cut the 17-point deficit down to a 33-35 reach via a 23-8 scoring drive with 1:22 ticking. Futrell netted three of the Dukes' four three-point baskets over the spree. Futrell's three-point attempt in the final second rolled around and rim and fell into the hands of WVU's Paige who took a desperation half-court shot that cleared the net as time expired to give the visitor a 38-33 edge at the intermission.
The Mountaineers extended their lead to a 42-33 margin early in the second frame before Futrell ignited an 11-1 run, which was capped by Shiri Sharon's lay-up off a steal, that gave Duquesne a 46-45 edge with 15:51 ticking. It was the Dukes' first and only lead of the game. WVU was on fire from behind the arc netting four three-points in a 14-2 scoring drive, giving them a 58-48 lead with 12:40 to go. The Dukes got within a 55-68 reach at 10:38, but WVU extended its margin to 71-51 with 6:09 on the clock. Duquesne got within a 64-71 reach on Bautre's three-pointer, but could not get closer to a lead. WVU ended the game getting 12 of their final 15 points from the free throw line for the 86-68 final.
West Virginia out-shot the Dukes .458 to .319 for the game, but rebounds were equal with each team grapping 43 boards. WVU shot .500 (11-22) from the three and the Dukes connected on .813 (13-16) from the free throw line.
Duquesne returns to action this Monday as it hosts Siena at 6:00 pm at the Palumbo Center.