GW Women's Hoops Edged by Duquesne, 63-59, in Double Overtime
Mostafa, Jackson Lead Colonials with 17 Points Apiece
Jan. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team took one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference to double overtime, but in the end Duquesne earned its sixth straight victory, 63-59, on Wednesday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. The boisterous crowd of 2,072 was made up of students from local schools who took part in GW's second annual Field Trip Day.
Duquesne (17-3, 6-0 A-10) scored the first six points of the game, but back-to-back three-pointers by senior Megan Nipe and grad student Tara Booker kept the Colonials close. The Dukes took a 15-8 lead with 12:03 remaining in the first half, but GW (8-12, 2-4 A-10) used an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game with just under five minutes to play. The final minutes of the period saw three ties and three lead changes, and the score was knotted, 24-24, at halftime.
The Dukes missed their first 11 shots of the second half, and GW capitalized with a 16-6 run to take a game-high 11-point lead, 41-30, with 12 minutes to go on a pair of free throws by Nipe. Mostafa and Jackson each had six points in the stretch.
Duquesne guard Jocelyn Floyd hit a jumper on the Dukes' next possession, sparking a 16-2 run which saw the visitors regain a three-point lead, but GW senior Shi-Heria Shipp curbed the spurt with a layup at the 5:53 mark. Booker then made a pair of free throws to tie the game with 3:48 left and Mostafa went 1-for-2 at the line to put the Colonials back on top by two.
After turning the ball over on Duquesne's previous possession, Floyd - the nation's steals leader - came up with a steal and was fouled, then made both her free throws to tie it at 48-48 with 33 seconds to go. Jackson had a good look on GW's next possession, but her floater hit off the heel of the rim and bounced to Floyd with seven seconds left. Floyd sprinted down the court but missed her layup at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
Neither team could get much going offensively in the first extra session. Duquesne struck first on a jumper by Wumi Agunbiade, but Jackson responded with a big three-pointer that gave the Colonials a one-point lead with 2:25 remaining. A layup by Vanessa Abel gave the Dukes a 52-51 advantage with 43 seconds left, but GW had the ball for the final possession. Jackson was fouled on her shot with 1.4 seconds left and went to the line with a chance to win it. After making her first free throw to tie it, Duquesne called a timeout, and Jackson missed her second shot and the game went to a second overtime tied at 52-52.
After Ajah Hall gave Duquesne a quick two-point lead to open the period, Mostafa scored four straight to put GW back on top, 56-54, with 3:13 to go. The Dukes scored eight of the next nine points, however, to go up by five - the largest lead for either team since the 8:36 mark of the second half - and the Colonials could not bounce back. Jackson drained a jumper with six seconds left to pull within three and GW immediately fouled, but Belma Nurkic only needed to make one of her two free throws to seal the game, 63-59.
Nipe joined Mostafa and Jackson in double figures with 10 points, and she added season-highs of nine rebounds and four assists. Booker led GW with a season-best 13 rebounds.
Agunbiade posted a double-double of 22 points and 13 boards to lead the Dukes, while Floyd tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals off the bench. Duquesne capitalized on 25 GW turnovers for 27 points.
GW outrebounded Duquesne, 53-44, and grabbed 22 offensive boards. The 53 rebounds were the Colonials' second-most in a game this season after recording 54 in the opener against UT Arlington.
The game marked the first double-overtime contest for GW since Dec. 2, 2010, a 64-61 loss at Marshall.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they visit Atlantic 10 rival La Salle at 1 p.m.