Women's Basketball Defeats Loyola 73-64
Dec. 28, 2002
Duquesne women's basketball improved to 7-2 on the season with a 73-64 victory over Loyola (5-5) in the opening game of the Virginia Tech Lady Luck Classic Saturday afternoon. Beth Friday tied the game lead with teammate Aiga Bautre with 19 points and grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds for her 38th career double-double. Friday also set a Lady Luck Classic record with six blocks and shot .700 (7-10) from the field and 5-8 from the free throw line for the game.
Shiri Sharon added 16 points and dished out a game-high seven assists in the win. Jennifer Mitchell led Loyola with 16 points.
The Dukes opened the game on a 6-0 run and held an 8-2 lead at 18:29 before back-to-back three-point goals helped the Greyhounds knot the game 10-10 at the 14:49 mark. Duquesne's Bautre capped off an 11-0 run with consecutive three-point goals for a 21-10 edge holding Loyola scoreless for 5:26. Loyola then answered back with a 7-0 run for a 17-21 reach with 7:01 ticking. Field goals by Nicole Sinclair and Bautre put DU up 28-17. Duquesne grabbed the largest lead of the half, 30-13, on the three by Sharon with 1:23 to go. The Dukes held a 34-23 lead at the break.
The Red & Blue grabbed a 38-25 lead early in the second frame before the Greyhounds cut the lead to nine points (33-42) on a 6-0 run with 15:02 ticking. Friday's lay-up at 12:35 gave DU a 46-34 cushion, but a 6-0 Loyola run cut the lead to 46-40 at 10:34. Bautre hit five of the Dukes' points in a 9-2 run for a 59-44 lead with 7:02 remaining. Loyola trailed by at least eight points thereafter until a 6-2 spree put them within a 64-70 reach with :23 ticking. Duquesne would hit three of four foul shots to end the game.
Duquesne shot .490 (25-51) from the field for the game and out-rebounded the Greyhounds 42-29. The Dukes also recorded eight blocks and shot .704 (19-27) from the free throw line.
The Dukes will now face the winner of the Virginia Tech/UT-Martin game in the championship match-up Sunday at 3:00 pm.