GW Women's Hoops Knocks Off Duquesne, 80-68, With Second-Half Surge

Caira Washington was 10-for-11 from the floor en route to a career-high 22 points.

Feb. 5, 2014

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PITTSBURGH - Freshman Caira Washington posted a double-double and graduate student Megan Nipe scored her 1,000th career point as the George Washington women's basketball team rallied for an 80-68 victory over Atlantic 10-leading Duquesne on Wednesday evening at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

GW improves to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in Atlantic 10 play. The Colonials' 16 victories is their most since 2008-09 when they won 17 games, and the seven A-10 wins match last season's total.

Washington sizzled from the floor, making 10-of-11 shots for a career-high 22 points, and she pulled down 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

Entering the game needing 12 points to become the 29th member of GW's 1,000-point club, Nipe finished with 13, topping the milestone on a pair of free throws with 1:17 to go.

Grad student Danni Jackson finished just shy of her second double-double in as many games with 17 points and nine assists, and sophomore Jonquel Jones added 10 points, eight rebounds and three helpers.

Trailing by seven at halftime, the Colonials shot 60.6 percent in the second half and outscored Duquesne (16-7, 8-2 A-10) by 19 in the period to rally for the win, snapping the Dukes' seven-game win streak.

A frenzied start to the second half saw the teams combine to make 13 of the first 19 shots of the period, but Duquesne extended its lead to 10 points, 51-41, at the 16:27 mark. GW, however, went on a 16-4 run, tying the game on a jumper by Nipe with 11:41 to go and taking the lead on a layup by Jones at 10:01.

A three-pointer by Raegan Moore made it a one-point game, 61-60, with 8:19 left, but the Colonials responded with another 15-3 surge to go up by 13 with 2:08 remaining. Jackson and Nipe combined to make six straight free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.



Moore paced the Dukes with 21 points and six assists, while Orsi Szecsi posted 18 points and eight rebounds. The Colonials held Wumi Agunbiade, who entered the game averaging 15.1 points per game, to just nine points, five of which came in the final five minutes.

GW shot a season-high 54.7 percent in the game and outrebounded Duquesne, 44-26.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they visit Fordham at 2 p.m.

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