Moving On
Feb. 25, 2017

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PITTSBURGH -- Amadea Szamosi had a team-high 14 points and added six rebounds as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated George Mason 66-55 in the First Round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship Saturday afternoon at the Palumbo Center. 

Angela Staffileno tied a season-high 12 points, shooting 5-6 from the field for Duquesne (16-14, 8-8 A-10). Julijana Vojinovic scored 11 points and had seven rebounds for the Dukes. Conor Richardson recorded nine points and seven rebounds, and Nina Aho added nine points off the bench. 

Tiffany Padgett had a game-high 20 points and Kara Wright scored 18 points for George Mason (13-17, 6-10 A-10). 

There were four ties and three lead changes, however five unanswered points by Duquesne in the remaining three minutes would help the Dukes to a three point advantage heading into the second quarter. Vojinovic had five points and three rebounds for the quarter.

The teams would exchange leads before a 7-0 Mason run midway through the quarter put the Patriots ahead 21-16 with 4:51 left. The Dukes tied the score at 21-21 with 2:10 remaining with an Aho jumper. Padgett's jumper in the last six seconds gave Mason a 23-21 lead heading into halftime.

Mason would maintain its lead through an additional two ties, occurring at the 7:26 mark and again with 5:41 to go. Back-to-back layups by Aho started a 10-0 Duquesne run, extending the Dukes' lead to 40-32 with 1:31 remaining. Staffileno's 3-pointer gave Duquesne its largest lead of the game thus far--up 43-34--with 26 seconds on the clock.

Duquesne found its largest lead of the game--an 18-point advantage--off a Szamosi jumper with 6:30 to go. The Dukes shot 62.5 percent from the field for the quarter, hitting 10 of 16.

The Dukes advance to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinals, and will face #2 seed George Washington on Friday at 4:30 p.m.




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