Dukes Lose At George Washington, 88-71
Jan. 29, 2004
Washington, D.C. - Duquesne University's women's basketball team dropped an 88-71 match at George Washington Thursday evening at the Smith Center in a battle of the top two teams in Atlantic 10 Conference's West Division. The loss overshadowed 29 points from senior Candace Futrell and a season-high 10 assists by fellow upperclassman Shiri Sharon.
Freshman Loui Hall added 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes off the bench. Futrell and sophomore Maria Stankevich paced the Red and Blue with six rebounds each. Stankevich also had a team-best two blocks and a game-best five steals.
With tonight's performance, Sharon, who already is Duquesne's assist leader, is just four gives away from the 600 mark. The Dukes are 10-9, 5-3 in league play
After Marsheik Witherspoon made one of two free throws to give GW a 1-0 lead, the Dukes ran off seven straight points to take a 7-1 edge at the first media timeout. During that stretch, Duquesne held the Colonials to 0-7 shooting while Sharon set up her teammates for all three buckets. The play of George Washington's two leaders, Uga Oha inside and Cathy Joens from three-point range, got the host squad back into the game. Joens' first two three pointers knotted the score at 15-15 with 10:01 to play in the opening half and, less than a minute later, Joens fed Oha to give the Colonials their first lead at 17-15. A layup by freshman Takneekia Baker, a Washington, D.C. area native, returned the lead to the Dukes, 21-20, with 7:40 on the clock. A putback by Valerie Williams returned the lead, 22-21, to GW. DU knotted the score at 27-27 on Stankevich's jump shot with less than five minutes to play but George Washington's 8-2 run closed the half, the Colonials up 35-29.
GW maintained at least a seven-point lead through the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Dukes 53-42 for their sixth league win against one defeat to maintain control in the A-10 West. The Colonials have a 13-5 overall record.
Duquesne shot 29-75 (38.7%) from the floor and came away with 22-13 edge in turnovers; 15 of GW's miscues came off DU steals that resulted in 25 points for the Dukes. The Red and Blue matched the Colonials' scoring in the paint with 40 points each but lost the rebounding battle, 47-31. George Washington edged the Dukes 22-21 in assists: GW ended up with a 0.95 assist / turnover ratio.
Sharon led Dukes in ball handling with a 5.00 assist / turnover number (10/2); the team's a/to mark in this game was 1.54.
Joens led all players with 32 points, including 5-for-8 from long range, and 11-13 from the foul line all in the second half which stopped Duquesne's comeback attempts. Oha added 18 points and, along with Joens, had nine rebounds. Williams contributed 15 points with Anna Montanana putting in 14 points and a game best 10 rebounds. Oha had a game-best five blocks with Joens leading with three steals. Three Colonials tied with four assists each.
The Colonials shot 51.7 percent from the floor, including 7-of-12 from beyond the arc (58.3%)
Duquesne next travels to Cincinnati, Ohio for a Super Sunday afternoon matchup with Xavier at 2 p.m.