Dukes Take Siena To Snap 2-Game Losing Skid
Dec. 22, 2003
The Dukes women's basketball team improved to 4-5 overall with a 74-65 victory over visiting Siena (3-6) Monday evening at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Candace Futrell led all scorers with 30 points marking the fourth time in her career she had netted 30 or more markers. She also grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds. Aiga Bautre added 15 points for the Dukes. Shiri Sharon paced the Dukes with six assists.
Siena was led by Liene Jansone with a season-best 27 points.
Siena held an 11-6 lead with 13:22 to go in the first period before the Dukes sprang to a 13-4 run to snag a 23-15 ledge with 7:30 remaining. The Saints hits six unanswered points to bring the game to a 21-23 reach, but Duquesne rattled off a 15-3 drive to take a 38-24 lead into the half. Duquesne shot .560 (14-25) from the field in the first half and nailed 18 of their points inside the paint.
Duquesne held at least a 12-point edge early in the second frame before the Saints got within a 34-44 reach at the 13:22 mark. DU jumped to a 10-0 drive lead by Loui Hall's eight points to gain a 54-34 lead as 10:49 showed. Siena hit a 6-0 run of their own but would not get closer than 14 points until a late and strong 9-2 drive cut the lead to a 61-52 Duquesne edge with 4:58 ticking. The Saints would not get closer to a lead. The Red & Blue held at least a 10 point margin from then on until Michelle Blot hit a Siena jumper in the final second for the 74-65 final.
Duquesne shot .500 (26-52) from the field for the game and held a slight 34-33 rebounding edge. Siena shot .400 (24-60) from the field and just .118 (2-17) from the three-point line. Duquesne connected on 7-21 treys for a .333 accuracy.
Duquesne returns to action Dec. 30 as the travel to James Madison to close out the year.