No. 8/t9 Colonials Roll to 13th Straight, 76-46 Over Duquesne

Feb. 8, 2007

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WASHINGTON (AP) - George Washington celebrated its return to the Top 10 in a big way.

Jessica Adair had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 George Washington ran its winning streak to 13 games with a 76-46 victory over Duquesne on Thursday night.

Kimberly Beck scored 13 points and Sarah-Jo Lawrence added 12 for the Colonials (20-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10), who had at least three players in double figures for the 21st time this season.

Loui Hall scored 17 to lead the Dukes (7-15, 2-7), who have lost five straight, 11 of their last 13 and 22 straight at George Washington.

Following a sloppy first half in which they shot just 36 percent, the Colonials turned up their defense, holding the Dukes scoreless for nearly 6 minutes during a 14-2 spurt to open the second half.

"What we tried to do coming out of halftime was come out with a lot of energy and turn Duquesne over, by getting out, running and pressing," Colonials coach Joe McKeown said. "Once we were able to score in transition that was the difference."

George Washington scored 28 points off 25 Duquesne turnovers.

The victory gave George Washington 20 wins faster than any women's team in school history.

"I give (the players) a lot of credit because we went out and played the toughest schedule we could play in the non-conference and we handled it well," McKeown said.

Duquesne entered the game limiting opponents to 27.4 percent on 3-point shooting, but failed to control George Washington from behind the arc. The Colonials hit nine 3-pointers, including 7 of 12 in the first half.

NOTES: The 13-game winning streak is the fourth longest in school history and is tied as the seventh longest in the nation, while the Colonials 11-game home winning streak ties the sixth longest in program history and matches the 14th longest in the country ... GW matched its season-high with 17 steals and forced 25 turnovers, tied for the second-most takeaways this season ... Jessica Adair's double-double marked her fifth of the season and sixth of her career ... The nine three-pointers were the most for the Colonials since hitting nine against Fordham in an A-10 Championship quarterfinal game on March 5, 2005.



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