Duquesne Topped By GW, 95-63
Feb. 15, 2003
Washington, D.C. - Duquesne's women's basketball team ran into a hot George Washington Saturday night at the Smith Center as the Red and Blue dropped a 95-63 decision to the first place Colonials. Duquesne was led by junior Candace Futrell's 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Senior Beth Friday had a game-high eight rebounds while junior Shiri Sharon dished out a game-high seven assists.
George Washington extended their hold at the top of the West Division with a 11-1 record in the Atlantic 10 and 17-6 overall. Duquesne concludes this week's road trip with 6-6 record in league play and 13-10 overall.
DU held their last lead at 6-5 until a three-pointer by Cathy Joens gave the Colonials their first lead of 8-6 at 15:41 of the opening stanza. GW extended the lead to 25-at 10:21 with 12 of those points coming on three-point field goals. With the score at 38-25, Duquesne starters rejoined Candace Futrell and ran off five straight points bringing the deficit down to 39-31. Futrell was called for a foul on Lindsey Davidson's three point attempt with less than a minute to play in the half. Davidson hit all three charity tosses to extend the lead to 41-31. Greeba Outen Barlow hit a running jumper in the waning seconds to put the mark at the break at 45-32.
Duquesne came out strong after intermission hitting the first five points to cut the edge to 45-37 on sophomore Erin Wehrle's jump shot at 18:27 to which GW Head Coach Joe McKeown responded by called a 30-second timeout. The Colonials and. the Dukes exchanged baskets until GW upped their lead to 56-42 on an excellent entry pass from Anna Montana to Joens for an old-fashioned three-point play. GW went on a 25-4 run to extend their lead to 81-46 at 7:02 making use of seven offensive rebounds, some strong defense and DU's inability to get the ball to drop. The run was finally ended at 4:49 when DU freshman Aiga Bautre hit a three from the left wing. That started a 10-0 run as Bautre hit another three and junior point guard Shiri Sharon canned two layups to bring the deficit down to 81-56. After another McKeown timeout, Valerie Williams hit two free throws at 3:24 setting the lead back to 83-56. The Colonials, using reserves of their own, outscored DU down the stretch 12-9.
Duquesne shot 47.1 percent from the floor, and 41.2 percent from behind the arc, while the Colonials shot 55.0 percent and 38.9 percent from three-point range. GW outrebounded the Dukes 35-29. DU, which entered the contest leading the league with 4.14 blocks per game, failed to put back a GW shot. The Dukes were 8-for-13 (61.5%) from the charity stripe while Colonials downed 22 of 33 (66.7%).
GW was led by Davidson's 17 points, Montana tied for the game-high with eight rebounds and three Colonials dished out five assists each.
Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh tonight and will kick off a three-game home stand which begins on Thursday, February 20th against Temple at 7:05 p.m. The Dukes will then host Xavier on Sunday Feb. 23rd at 2:00 p.m. followed by a repeat match against the Colonials on Thursday Feb. 27th at 7:05 p.m.
All home games are at the Palumbo Center and can be heard over the internet at RedZoneMedia.com with Alex Panormios and Tad Maurey.