GW Women's Hoops' Season Ends in 69-55 Loss to Duquesne in A-10 First Round
Chakecia Miller Leads Colonials with 17 Points
March 2, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Freshman guard Chakecia Miller scored 17 points, including 15 in the second half, but it was not enough, as the 10th-seeded George Washington women's basketball team could not overcome a 26-point halftime deficit in a 69-55 loss to No. 7 Duquesne in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Junior Danni Jackson put the Colonials (11-18) on the board first with a quick layup just four seconds into the game, but it was all Duquesne from there, as the Dukes (20-10) used a 23-4 run to take control of the game. They forced 13 GW turnovers in the half and scored 24 points off the miscues to take a 42-16 lead at the break.
The Colonials improved drastically in the second stanza, shooting 56 percent while limiting the Dukes to just 23.1 percent from the floor, and outscored Duquesne by 12 in the half.
Back-to-back three-pointers by senior Tara Booker midway through the period sparked a 14-3 GW run that closed the Colonials' gap to 15 points, 61-46, with 4:58 to go, but the Dukes responded with five straight points to reopen a 20-point lead.
Duquesne made just six field goals in the half, but maintained their advantage at the foul line, making 13-of-15 free throws in the period.
Miller's 17 points came on 6-of-10 shooting, while Booker added 12 points, six rebounds and five steals.
Forward Orsi Szecsi led the Dukes with 20 points and added seven rebounds, while forward Wumi Agunbiade tallied 16 points and eight boards and guard Alex Gensler chipped in 14 points.
Duquesne outrebounded GW, 41-21, including 22-5 on the offensive glass. The Dukes also scored 33 points off 22 Colonial turnovers for the game.