Dukes Topped By James Madison, 73-58
Dec. 30, 2003
Harrisonburg, Va. - Duquesne University's women's basketball team dropped their final game of 2003 to the James Madison Dukes by a 73-58 score Tuesday night at the JMU Convocation Center. Sophomore Nicole Sinclair (Indiana, Pa. / Indiana) recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while hitting 7-of-8 shots from the floor.
JMU scored the game's first nine points and never trailed. Duquesne missed its first seven shots, while JMU connected on four of its first five field-goal attempts and hit 14 of their 28 first half attempts (50%). Duquesne, which shot only 29.4 percent (10-34) in the opening period, closed the gap to four points on two occasions but could get no closer. With Duquesne trailing by four (23-19) with 6:47 left in the first half, JMU went on a 14-0 run to extend its lead to 18 (37-19) at 1:12. The host Dukes took a 37-23 lead at the end of the opening half.
The Duquesne Dukes, who scored 35 points to JMU's 36 in the second half, shot 31.8 percent following the break hitting just three of 20 second half shots from three-point range. JMU outrebounded Duquesne 53-44 and hit 18 of 20 free throw attempts.
Senior Shiri Sharon (Jordan Valley, Israel / Ostrovsky) added 14 points for the Dukes while sophomore Maria Stankevich (St. Petersburg, Russia / St. Petersburg University), who started the second game of her career, also pulled down 10 rebounds. DU's leading scorer, senior Candace Futrell (Altoona, Pa. / Altoona), was held to nine points, the first time this season she hasn't hit double digits.
JMU was led by a couple freshman. Lesley Dickinson had a game-best 18 points while Meredith Alexis pulled down 18 rebounds -- a new JMU freshman record.
The Dukes open Atlantic 10 play in Philadelphia as they travel face Saint Joseph's on Sun. Jan. 4, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. and La Salle on Tues. Jan. 6th at 7:00 p.m.