Dukes Fall to Virginia Tech in Lady Luck Championship Game
Dec. 29, 2002
Duquesne women's basketball fell to 7-3 on the season with a 66-52 loss to the host Hokies (8-2) in the championship game of the Virginia Tech Lady Luck Classic Sunday afternoon. Beth Friday and Aiga Bautre led the Dukes and tied the game lead with 14 points each while Friday notched her 39th career double-double grabbing 10 rebounds. Friday and Bautre were each named to the All-Tournament team. Bautre was also named today the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.
Erin Gibson led Virginia Tech with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Virginia Tech took a 10-4 lead at 15:53 before a basket by Nikolina Pender and a three-point goal from Bautre put the Dukes within a 9-10 reach at 14:41. The Hokies followed suit with a 9-2 run to take a 19-11 advantage at 8:24. Duquesne then rattled off six unanswered points over :53 for a 17-19 reach at 7:04 and took its first lead, 20-19, with a trey from Bautre at 5:07. Tech regained its lead making both on the one-and-one bonus for a 21-20 edge at 3:30. The teams then traded goals and the lead before Bautre knotted the game 26-26 at 1:12. A three by Tech gave them the edge, but Bautre once again came through to put Duquesne within a 28-29 reach at :36. The Dukes grabbed the rebounded on the Tech miss with :13 to go, but were denied a shot as the clock expired for a 29-28 Virginia Tech margin at the half.
Tech twice extended its lead to four points with the last being a 35-31 edge with 17:18 to go in the second frame. Nicole Sinclair capped an 11-3 Duquesne drive to give the Red & Blue a 42-38 advantage at 11:42. Back-to-back Hokie goals tied the game at 42-42 with 10:09 remaining before a 19-4 Virginia Tech scoring spree gave the host a 57-46 advantage as 3:25 remained in the contest. Duquesne cut the lead to seven on a jumper by Friday for a 50-57 grasp with 2:41ticking, but the Dukes could not get closer to a lead.
Duquesne out-shot the Hokies .411 (23-56) to .368 (21-57) but was out-rebounded 45 to 31 and out-shot .708 (17-24) to .286 (2-7) from the free throw line.
The Dukes open Atlantic 10 play Jan. 3 as they travel to La Salle for a 7:00 pm tip.
Virginia Tech Lady Luck Classic All-Tournament Team