DU Women Lose First Game of the Season

TOWSON, Md. - Towson scored the final five points of the game Sunday afternoon in their 59-56 victory over the Duquesne women's basketball team. The loss is the first of the season for the Dukes and ends the team's six game winning streak.

Box Score


Kristi Little scored a game-high 18 points and Keri Pryor added 13 points and a team-best eight rebounds for the Dukes who fell to 6-1 on the season.

The Dukes, coming off shooting 55 percent against Niagara on Friday, still had the hot hand in the first half, making 13-of-27 shots including 5-of-10 3-pointers.

Samantha Thompson's 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining in the half gave the Dukes its largest lead of the half, 11 points, at 33-22 before TU's Kandace Davis' foul shot closed out the first half scoring with DU taking a 33-23 lead into halftime.

The Dukes would build a 12 point lead with 14:52 to go in the second half. However, the Tigers would continue to chip away at the lead over the next nine minutes and a Shanae Baker-Brice jumper at the 5:46 mark would tie the contest at 50-50.

A Haiena Snowden layup gave TU their first lead since the first minute of regulation, 52-50 with 5:09 remaining.

An Eve Pyle layup tied the contest at 52-52 before Katrina Wheeler put Towson in the lead once more at 54-52.

Back-to-back layups by Little and Pryor gave DU a 56-54 lead with 1:59 left, but an Alis Freeman 3-pointer with 1:38 remaining regained the Tigers lead at 57-54.

TU extended its lead to three points after a pair of Baker-Brice foul shot with 28 seconds remaining. The Dukes miss a pair of shots on the next possession and had to foul Baker-Brice to stop the clock with eight seconds left.

Baker-Brice missed the first half of the one-and-one and the rebound was grabbed by Little, who immediately called a timeout.

The Towson defense clamped down and trapped Little in the corner off the inbound pass. Little got a pass off, but the time expired before the Dukes could get a shot off.

Duquesne returns home to host Pittsburgh on Wednesday night in the annual City Game. The Dukes and Panthers tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • This was the first-ever victory for Towson over Duquesne. The Tigers dropped the first five contests in the series.
  • TU outscored DU 36-23 and out shot the Dukes 51.7 percent to 21.9 percent in the second half.
  • 56 points is a season-low for the Dukes who averaged 81.3 points per game prior to today's contest.
  • Towson outscored Duquese 38-26 in the paint and had 18 second chance points to DU's 12


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