Dukes Fall to GW in Home Season Finale
Feb. 27, 2003
Duquesne's women's basketball team lost a 74-68 decision to George Washington, the A-10's #1 seed, Thursday night at the Palumbo Center. It was senior night as the Dukes' seven veterans where honored prior to the game - Beth Friday, Selma Delibasic, Nikolina Pender, Khalihah Este-Shehu, Jade Timol, Andrea Eaton and Brooke Egleston.
Beth Friday led Duquesne with 21 points and a game-best 11 rebounds for her 49th career double-double. Friday also had the honor of having her jersey retired prior to the start of the game. Candace Futrell added 17 points and Aiga Bautre chipped in 10. Shiri Sharon led the game with eight assists. Cathy Joens led the Colonials and the game with 27 points.
George Washington took a 20-6 lead midway through the first half after a 13-2 scoring drive over a five-minute span. The Dukes answered that with a 12-2 run of their own to cut the lead to an 18-22 reach on a three-point goal by Khalihah Este-Shehu. Joens' three-pointer at 5:34 extended GW's lead to 29-20, but Nicole Sinclair's put-back sparked a 9-4 run for the Dukes, which cut the lead to a 33-29 Colonial advantage with 2:09 to go. GW hit two of four free throws for a 35-39 edge but Bautre's jumper got the Dukes within a 31-35 reach at the break.
The Colonials held at least a four-point lead, but Friday scored the Dukes' first nine points of the second frame to chip away at the lead and bring the game to a 40-41 reach at 14:22. Joens hit another three-pointer to keep GW's lead that they increased to 52-44 at 9:27. Sharon's three-point play sparked a 10-3 Duquesne drive, which once again get the Dukes to a one-point reach (54-55), but they would not see a lead. A 9-2 George Washington drive extended their lead to 64-56 with 4:33 to go, but the Dukes never gave up and brought the game to a 61-64 reach on goals by Bautre and Friday and a free throw from Sharon. Joens made two free throws for a 68-61 lead with 1:05 ticking and Friday would twice get the Dukes' within a three-point reach afterward, but George Washington connected on three of four free throws to end the game and secure the win.
Duquesne closes out the regular season this Sunday at Massachusetts in a 12:00 pm tip. The game will be broadcast live locally on Fox Sports Pittsburgh.