Dukes Lose to Colonials, 76-58
March 7, 2003
Kingston, R.I. - Duquesne women's basketball fell 76-58 to top-seeded George Washington in quarterfinal action of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Candace Futrell netted 18 of her game-best 21 points on 7-12 shooting in the first half alone and added three assists to lead the Dukes (15-14). Erin Wehrle added 12 points while Nicole Sinclair grabbed a game- and career-best 15 rebounds. Ugo Oha led George Washington (22-6) and five Colonials in double figures with 16 points.
The Dukes suffered an early loss with Beth Friday leaving the game at 19:26 with an injury before opening the contest with a 5-0 lead at 17:51. George Washington then executed an 8-0 drive for an 8-5 edge as 15:49 remained. Futrell's three-pointer at 13:50 put DU within a 10-11 reach before the Colonials connected on four of four free throws for a 15-10 advantage and extended it to a 9-0 run for a 20-10 lead with 10:11 ticking. The Dukes brought the game to a 15-22 reach at 8:10, but the Colonials grabbed a 27-17 advantage with 3:45 to go. Futrell and Sharon got the game within a 22-29 reach at 2:52, but a three-point play gave GW a 32-22 edge in the final minutes. The Dukes used a 7-2 drive for a 29-34 reach at 1:06 before the 36-29 Colonial edge at the half. The Dukes were also without Khalihah Este-Shehu in the first half with a bloody nose, but she returned for frame two.
GW scored first in the second half, but the Dukes went on a 10-2 run to bring the contest to a 39-40 reach after a three-point goal by Erin Wehrle at 15:57. A GW three-point goal gave them a 43-39 edge and they increased the lead to 46-39 at 13:00. Futrell's three pointer at 12:38 cut the lead to 44-46 for the Colonials. Back-to-back three-point goals sparked a 14-3 drive to give GW a 60-47 lead with 7:36 ticking. Five unanswered points would get the Dukes to a 52-60 reach but the Colonials out-scored the Dukes 10-2 to snag a 70-54 lead with 2:59 ticking to secure the victory.
Duquesne held a 34-29 rebounding advantage, but was out-shot .542 (26-48) to .393 (24-61) from the field. Friday, who saw less than a minute of action, recorded the Dukes' only block while GW collected seven for the game. She also was named to the 2003 Verizon Women's Basketball Academic All-American Third Team today.
Futrell's 21 point effort upped her career total to 1,047 and put her in 13th place all time among Duquesne's scorers. She passed LynnDee Howell's 1,029 points (1997-00) and Maureen Major's 1,035 (1984-87).
The Dukes end the season 15-14 overall.