Women's Basketball Advances to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinal Round
Colonials Top Dukes, 76-58, Will Face Temple Saturday
March 7, 2003
KINGSTON, RI - Five players scored in double figures as George Washington overcame an early second half run by Duquesne to win their way into the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a 76-58 victory.
GW (22-6) fell behind in the opening moments of the game, as DU (15-14) scored the first five points of the game. The Colonials responded with an 8-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.
The Colonials would string together a 12-5 run over the next five minutes to give GW a 10 point lead, 20-10 with 10:11 remaining in the half. DU trimmed the lead to seven by the break, 36-29, as the Dukes' Candace Futrell had an outstanding first half, scoring 18 points on 7-12 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc.
Constant defensive pressure by GW forced DU into 15 first half turnovers which the Colonials converted into 19 points. GW was led by an unlikely source in the first half, as junior point guard Marsheik Witherspoon tied her career-high in scoring in the first half with 10 points on 4-5 shooting. Anna Monta?ana added nine points and Greeba Outen Barlow chipped in seven.
Cathy Joens and Ugo Oha, who lead the Colonials in scoring this season, were held to a combined six points, but GW's depth proved invaluable as all but one player who saw time in the first half scored.
DU came out firing in the second half, outscoring GW 10-4 over the first four minutes to pull within one point, 40-39 with 15:53 remaining in the game. A 20-8 run pushed GW's lead to 13 points with 7:36 remaining in the game, and the Dukes would not threaten again.
GW held Futrell to just three second half points, as the junior hit just one of six shots in the second half, and the Colonials held the Dukes to a frigid 34% (12-35) from the floor in the second half. Futrell led all scorers with 21 points, and Erin Werhle scored 12 as the only two players in double figures for the Dukes.
Oha and Joens who were quiet in the first half, responded with 26-second half points as five players scored in double figures. Oha led GW with 16 points and Joens scored 14. Witherspoon finished with a career-high 12 points, and Monta?ana and Barlow added 12 points apiece.
GW faces East No. 2 Seed Temple at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, Temple defeated West No. 3 Seed Richmond, 58-56, Friday. The game will be televised on tape delay throughout the mid-atlantic region on Comcast SportsNet at 8:00 p.m. (EST).