March 3, 2017
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RICHMOND, Va. - Amadea Szamosi's and-1 with 20.0 seconds remaining put the No. 7-seed Duquesne ahead for good, defeating back-to-back Atlantic 10 Champion George Washington 62-58 Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship.
The Dukes, who trailed by nine points with 6:26 remaining, forced a five-second violation on GW's possession after Szamosi's three-point play. Conor Richardson, who set a career-high with 15 rebounds, hit two free throws in the final 19 seconds to secure the victory for the Dukes (17-14).
Szamosi led all players with 17 points while Julijana Vojinovic and Chassidy Omogrosso added 13 and 10 respectively.
Ciara Washington led GW (20-9) with 12 points.
Duquesne led for eight minutes and held George Washington to just four field goals on 17 attempts. Back-to-back baskets by Vojinovic gave the Dukes their largest lead of the game/half - six points at 11-5 at the 4:04 mark. Staffileno's layup gave Duquesne a 14-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Dukes did not score until the 6:12 mark of the 2nd quarter. Martins 3-pointer at 3:26 gave GW their first lead of the game at 22-20. Aho's layup at 2:24 made the score 22-22, both teams would go scoreless the rest of the quarter.
Duquesne scored the first five points of the quarter to take an early 27-22 lead. The Colonials would answer by scoring the next six points to take a 28-27 advantage. The Dukes would come back and build a 35-31 lead before GW scored the last seven points of the quarter to take a 38-35 lead.
Vojinovic's 3-pointer opened the 4th quarter scoring and tied the game at 38-38. However, the Colonials would score the next nine points to take a 47-38 lead with 6:26 to go. The Dukes battled back and an Omogrosso 3-pointer at 4:43 got Duquesne within one point at 49-48. The teams would exchange baskets before a Martins' 3-pointer put GW ahead 54-40 with 3:26 to go. Duquesne scored the next seven points to regain the lead at 57-54 with 1:23 left. A pair of free throws followed by a Washington jumper put the Colonials ahead 58-57 with 24.7 to play. But Szamosi's three-point play and Richardson's foul shots closed out the scoring and gave the Dukes the 62-58 win.
Duquesne will take on Saint Joseph's Saturday at 1:30pm in the semifinal round.