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Dec. 28, 2000

Tulsa, Oklahoma - After capturing back-to-back road wins, the Tulsa women's basketball team returns to the Donald W. Reynolds Center this Saturday to battle Duquesne at 4:35 p.m. or 30 minutes after the completion of the Tulsa men's contest with Prairie View A&M. The Tulsa-Duquesne game was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Tulsa (3-5, 0-0 WAC) is 1-2 at home this season, but enters the game riding a two-game win streak and winners of three out of its last four contests. TU is averaging 56.1 points and 32.4 rebounds per game. Senior Athena Pirpich, junior Leela Farr and freshman Becky Heidotten lead the Hurricane attack, each with 10.3 points per game. Farr is also the top rebounder with 5.5 boards per game. Pirpich leads the team in three-point field goals (21), assists (26) and steals (18).

Duquesne(6-3, 0-0 Atlantic-10) has won three straight games and four out of its last five outings. Junior Khaliha Este-Shehu leads the Dukes in scoring with 18.4 points per game, while sophomore Beth Friday is the top rebounder with 10.3 boards per contest.

Saturday's game marks the second overall meeting between Tulsa and Duquesne. The Dukes lead the overall series, 1-0, after capturing a 68-54 win over the Golden Hurricane last season during the first-ever meeting between the two schools in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The game can be carried live on KRSC 91.3 FM or on Tulsa's Official Athletic Homepage: www.tulsahurricane.com. The game can be also heard live by accessing "Live Audio" next to Duquesne on the schedule/results button which is located on the TU women's basketball homepage.

For ticket information to all of TU's home events, please call 631-GoTU (4688).