Dukes Defeat A-10 West Leader George Washington 77-60
Feb. 22, 2004
The Duquesne women's basketball team could not miss from downtown on Sunday as the team broke a single-game and Palumbo Center record for three-pointers in a game with 13 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Candace Futrell made five three-pointers and Aiga Bautre hit four while leading the Dukes to their 77-80 victory over George Washington.
The victory over George Washington was just the fifth in 47 games against them. Duquesne had not beaten the Colonials since Jan. 4, 1994 when they upset the then #23 ranked team 57-56 at the Palumbo Center. The win brings Duquesne's record up to 15-11 (10-5) while George Washington falls to a record of 19-6 (12-2).
Futrell again led the way for the Dukes, scoring 28 points. The Atlantic 10 Player of the Week also grabbed 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year. Bautre had 14 points and freshman Loui Hall came off the bench to score 11 points. Senior point guard Shiri Sharon played all but the last minute of the game and contributed eight points while handing out 10 assists. This was the second time this season that Duquesne's all-time leader has notched double figures in assists.
Anna Montanana led the effort for George Washington with her 19 points, but her game high seven turnovers of the teams 19 were some of the reasons that Duquesne was able to score 28 points off of George Washington turnovers. Cathy Joens chipped in with 14 points.
An early lay up by Valerie Williams gave the Colonials a lead of 9-8 with 12:45 remaining in the first half. Duquesne then proceeded to go on a 10-0 run to give them an 18-9 lead. George Washington was held scoreless for 3:57. The Dukes would not give up the lead for the remainder of the game. Bautre was a key, hitting all of her three-pointers in the first half, including two during the first half run.
George Washington came out strong in the second half. They went on an 11-3 run in the second half, capitalized by a jumper by Joens with 12:11 remaining in the ballgame. After that made basket, the Dukes responded with a run of their own, scoring 11 unanswered points to put the game out of reach with a score of 63-44. The Colonials were at least 14 points behind for the rest of the game.
The Dukes shot 56% (14-25) from the floor in the second half including an astounding 7-9 from three-point range. For the game they shot 45.8% (27-59) overall, but 61.9% (13-21) from beyond the arc. George Washington shot 42.1% (24-57) on the day
Duquesne completes their regular season schedule on Thursday night as they host Richmond at 7:05 pm at the Palumbo Center. George Washington will travel to Massachusetts on Thursday night.