Dukes Head To West Virginia Saturday
Dec. 18, 2002
Saturday December 21 - 7:00 pm
Morgantown, W. Va. - WVU Coliseum
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Duquesne returns to action after an 11 day break for finals. During that time, West Virginia faced Ohio and Wright State. The Dukes last saw action on Dec. 9 with their victory over visiting Toledo. West Virginia improved to 7-0 after its 81-47 victory at Ohio Dec. 15. WVU played host to Wright State Dec. 18. Both squads are receiving top 25 votes in this week's AP poll.
West Virginia holds a 26-7 lead in the all-time series with the Dukes. The teams first met during the 1976-77 season and have the second longest rivalry going. The team have met 33 times prior to today - second only to the Dukes' 41 meetings with George Washington. The Dukes fell 81-84 to the visiting Mountaineers last season in overtime. Duquesne is 1-14 on the road vs. WVU with the lone victory coming in the 1995 season.
About the Dukes
Duquesne won its sixth-straight with a 63-60 victory over visiting Toledo on Monday, Dec. 9. The Dukes have not lost since the season opener vs. Ohio State. The last time DU was 6-1 was back in the 1997-98 season. The program's best start is a 7-0 mark from the 1998-99 slate.
About the Mountaineers
West Virginia is boasting its best start in the program's history with a 7-0 record entering its Dec. 18 game with Wright State. Four Mountaineers are averaging double-figure points in Kate Bulger (18.1), Sherell Sowho (15.9), Michelle Carter (11.3) and Liz Holbrook (10.7).
Duquesne's Last Game
Freshman Aiga Bautre led the Dukes with a career-best 18 points while Beth Friday notched her 37th career double-double with 16 points and a game-best 11 rebounds as Duquesne (6-1) took a 63-60 victory over visiting Toledo (4-2) Dec. 9 at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The victory marked the sixth-straight win for the Red & Blue. Kelly Walker led Toledo tying the game-lead with 18 points.
Duquesne took an early 9-4 lead before Tia Davis hit a three-point goal to cut the Dukes' lead to 9-7 at 15:30. Duquesne expanded its margin to 16-9 at 13:08, but saw the lead cut to 16-11 on two made Toledo free throws at 12:33. The Dukes then went on a 21-0 scoring barrage and held the Rockets scoreless for 8:17 to take their largest lead of the game (37-11) with 3:33 remaining. During that span, Toledo connected on just 4-of-25 shots (.160). UT hit five unanswered points over the next two minutes before Bautre's three-point goal with :26 gave the Dukes a 40-16 lead they would take into intermission.
Toledo came out strong and determined in the second half and cut the lead to a 39-50 reach out-scoring the Dukes 23-10 in the first 11:13 of action. A Toledo three-pointer and goal off a steal got UT within a 50-57 reach with 4:00 remaining. Friday hit two key free throws to give Duquesne a 59-50 cushion with 3:37 on the clock. Toledo's press and pressure defense slowed the Dukes down as the Rockets out-scored Duquesne 9-2 to get within a 61-60 reach with just :34 ticking. Friday again came through at the line hitting both free throws at :19 for a 63-60 lead. The Dukes' executed good defense and denied an open shot as Toledo attempted a tough three that fell short to give the Dukes the victory.
Duquesne shot .512 (22-43) for the game to Toledo's .351 (20-57) and out-rebounded the Rockets 37 to 26 for the contest. The Dukes gave up 23 points on 22 turnovers while UT committed just 12 turnovers in the game.
Dukes Receive Top 25 Votes
For the second week in a row, Duquesne University received votes in the Top 25 polls. The Dukes received five votes in the Dec. 16 AP poll and one in the Dec. 17 USAToday/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll. Duquesne received five votes in the Dec. 10, 2002 Top 25 Coaches' Poll after posting a 6-1 start on the season.
Prior to that, the last time Duquesne had received votes was Dec. 7, 1998 when they got one tally in the USA Today/ ESPN poll. In the Dec. 6, 1998 Associated Press Top 25, the Dukes received 12 votes to put then at #36. That season (1998-99) the Red & Blue finished 15-13 overall. DU first broke into the polls on Jan. 11, 1998 (the 1997-98 season) with one vote in the AP Top 25 poll. Duquesne finished the year 19-9 overall.
Duquesne heads to Virginia Tech for its Lady Luck Classic Dec. 28-29. The Dukes face Loyola Dec. 28 and either the Hokies or Tennessee-Martin on the 29th. Virginia Tech has been receiving top 25 votes and stood 6-1 entering the week. Loyola boasts a 5-3 record and has won it last four match-ups while Tennessee-Martin is 2-5 after an 88-72 loss at Evansville Dec. 15.
^ Redshirted 1999-2000 season