Women's Basketball Defeats George Washington in Double Overtime 63-59
Jan. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Duquesne women's basketball team erased an 11-point deficit in the second half to pull out a thrilling 63-59 victory over George Washington in double overtime on Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Center.
Wumi Agunbiade led all scorers with 22 points and tied the game-high with 13 rebounds. Jocelyn Floyd scored 14 points and made four steals off the bench. Vanessa Abel added 12 points for the Dukes who improve to 17-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
GW, who falls to 8-12 overall and 2-4 in the A-10 loop, were led by Danni Jackson and Sara Mostafa with 17 points and Tara Booker with 13 rebounds. Megan Nipe added 10 points for the Colonials.
The game, Duquesne's first double overtime game since 2010, had nine ties and 12 lead changes.
The Dukes held George Washington scoreless for the first 3:15 of the first half, building a 6-0 lead. An Agunbiade 3-pointer at the 12:03 mark gave DU its largest lead of the game - seven points at 15-8. Duquesne would hold onto the lead until Mostafa's jumper made the score 21-19 in favor of the Colonials with 3:32 to play. An Anjaleace White free throw with 36 seconds remaining was the final point of the half as the teams were tied at 24-24 heading into halftime.
DU came out flat in the second half, missing its first 12 field goals. By then, George Washington had built a seven point lead at 32-25 with 16:15 to play. After a pair of Nipe foul shots at 12:09, the Colonials had its largest lead of the game - 11 points at 41-30.
Duquesne would respond with a 16-2 run over the next six minutes to go up by three points making the score 46-43 with 6:11 left. GW would score the next five points to go up by a basket, 48-46, with 1:25 remaining in regulation. The teams exchanged turnovers and with 33 seconds to play, Nipe fouled Floyd putting the Dukes in the one-and-one bonus. Floyd made both shots tying the game at 48-48. The Colonials called timeout with 28 seconds left.
Jackson's jumper with seven seconds did not fall and was rebounded by Floyd, who drove the length of the court, but her buzzer-beating shot did not fall sending the game into overtime.
Agunbiade was first on the board in the extra period after a steal from April Robinson set her up for a jumper with 3:31 left. The Dukes had back-to-back blocks but could not get possession as Jackson drained a 3-pointer from the left side, giving GW a 51-50 lead at the 2:25 mark.
With 43 seconds to play, Abel's driving layup regained the lead for DU at 52-51. Shi-Heria Shipp's jumper was blocked by Agunbaide with 20 seconds left. Robinson grabbed the loose ball and passed to Abel who was immediately fouled by Booker. This was George Washington's eighth foul. Abel missed the front end of the one-and-one. Booked rebounded with ball and found Jackson whose shot was deflected by Agunbiade with one second remaining, but Robinson was called for a foul before the shot, sending Jackson to the line for two shots.
First attempt was good, tying the score at 52-52.
Her second attempt rolled out - double overtime.
With the score tied at 56-56 at the 2:00 minute mark of the second OT, Floyd's layup put Duquesne ahead for good. Jackson's jumper with six seconds left was the only field goal GW would score the rest of the way.
As a team, Duquesne only made 1-of-17 3-pointers for 5.9 percent - both season-lows. The Dukes' 72 attempts were a season-high.
DU remains on the road to take on Charlotte on Sunday. Tipoff will be at 2:00 p.m.
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