George Washington Ends #DuqWBB's Winning Streak, 80-68
Feb. 5, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team's 7-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night after a 80-68 loss to George Washington at the Palumbo Center in the annual Play4Kay/Duke Out Cancer game.
GW's Caira Washington scored a game-high 22, making 10-of-11 shot from the floor. She added a game-best 14 rebounds. Danni Jackson had 17, Megan Nipe added 13 off the bench and Jonquel Jones 10 for the Colonials (16-8, 7-3 A-10).
George Washington started off the game by taking an 8-0 lead, converting on a pair of Duquesne misses and a pair of turnovers, holding the Dukes scoreless until the 17:37 mark of the 1st half. Duquesne would answer with a 12-4 run over the next four minutes, capped by a Szecsi and-1 to tie the score at 12-12 with 13:25 remaining. GW would get back-to-back fast break baskets to go up 16-12 before a Jose-Ann Johnson free throw and jumper started an 11-2 run over the next three minutes. The Dukes took their first lead of the game when Moore found Szecsi on a backdoor pass to make the score 17-16 at the midway point of the half. April Robinson's 3-pointer capped the run with Duquesne leading 23-18 at the 8:51 mark. Szecsi's breakaway layup made the score 34-25 and gave the Dukes its largest lead of the half at nine points with 3:17 remaining. matched the 9-point lead twice, first on a pair of foul shots with 1:38 to play and on a jumper with 22 seconds remaining. Jackson's layup closed out the scoring with Duquesne holding a 38-31 lead heading into halftime.
The Dukes took their first double-digit lead after Robinson's block on a Chakecia Miller shot led to a 2-on-1 fast break with Olivia Bresnahan. Robinson hit Bresnahan with a behind-the-back pass, Bresnahan gave it back on a touch-pass setting Robinson up for an open jumper that made the score 51-41 with 16:27 remaining in the game. The Colonials would answer with a 14-4 run, trying the score at 55-55 just after the under-12 media timeout. A put-back by Jones gave GW the lead on their next possession.
Moore's 3-pointer with 8:19 remaining closed the gap to one point at 61-60, but George Washington would get three straight baskets to build a 7-point lead with 4:21. The Dukes would go 2-for-9 shooting and would miss five foul shots down the stretch as the Colonials would build a 14-point lead in the game's final minute.
For the game, George Washington shot 54.7 percent. After knocking down 48.4 percent of their shots in the 1st half, the Colonials hit 50.0 percent in the 2nd half. GW also dominated in the paint, outscoring Duquesne 46-30 and had 16 second chance points to the Dukes' five.
George Washington at Duquesne