Women's Basketball Advances in Atlantic 10 Championship After 61-58 Overtime Win Over George Washington
March 5, 2010
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Keri Pryor scored 14 points and Carly Vendemia hit four clutch foul shots in overtime lead the #6 seed Duquesne women's basketball team to a 61-58 overtime victory in the opening round of the 2010 over #11 seed George Washington. Vanessa Abel and Alex Gensler each added 11 points for the Dukes.
With tonight's win, the Dukes (20-10) will play #3 seed Temple tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m.
The Colonials, led by Megan Nipe who scored a game high 18 points, finish its season with a 6-22, 3-11 A-10 record.
Duquesne opened up the game on a 10-2 run while holding George Washington without a field goal for the game's first nine minutes.
The Dukes would build its largest lead of the game at nine points after a Vanessa Abel 3-pointer to make the score 13-4 at the 13:26 mark of the first half.
The Colonials would get within two points on three different occasions, the last being with 3:23 until halftime on a Kay-Kay Allums layup.
DU would take the game into halftime leading 25-21.
The second half went back and forth with five ties and six lead changes.
Samantha Pollino's free throw gave the Dukes a seven point lead at 48-41 with 7:25 remaining in regulation. The Colonials responded with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 50-50 with 3:48 left.
Nipe's 3-pointer at the 1:43 mark put GW up two points at 53-51. Pryor followed with a pair of free throws to tie the score at 53-53.
George Washington recaptured the lead on Tiana Myers' jumper with 69 seconds left in regulation. On the next possession, Pryor was fouled and converted 1-of-2 from the line. After a GW timeout, Allums missed a 3-pointer which was rebounded by Abel, who was fouled by Sara Mostafa. Abel made 1-of-2 from the line to tie the game at 55-55 with 14 seconds to go.
Three seconds later, Abel stripped Myers of the ball forcing a turnover. DU had a chance to win the game in regulation time, but Abel's running layup fell short with two seconds left.
For the fifth time this season, the Dukes were headed to overtime.
In the extra frame, the Dukes took a two point lead after Vendemia drained a pair of foul shots at the 3:03 mark. Pollino gave DU a four point lead with 2:09 left on a layup in the paint.
Nipe hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 1:43 to play, to cut the Dukes' lead to one point at 59-58.
With 19 seconds left and coming out of a timeout, GW took possession of the ball. Myers missed a jumper with 12 seconds left which was rebounded by Brooke Wilson, whose put-back fell short. She-Heria Shipp grabbed the rebound and missed the three-footer. Vendemia fought for the rebound and was fouled with five seconds left.
She drained both shots to give the Dukes a 61-58 lead. GW did not get a shot off.
"We are so excited to advance - I couldn't be more proud of the team," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We got foul shots when we needed foul shots, we got rebounds when we needed rebounds."
Saturday night's game versus Temple will be streamed live on Red Zone Media as well as Atlantic 10 All-Access.