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Duquesne Topped By GW, 95-63
Junior Candace Futrell again led the Dukes in scoring for the 11th time this season.
 
Junior Candace Futrell again led the Dukes in scoring for the 11th time this season.
 

Feb. 15, 2003

Box Score

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.

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