McKeown Goes For Career Win No. 500 At Duquesne
No. 16/13 GW (17-4, 5-1 A-10) at Duquesne (11-10, 2-4 A-10)
Feb. 1, 2008
PITTSBURGH, PA - No. 16/13 George Washington head coach Joe McKeown will seek to become the 34th coach all-time in Division I women's basketball history to reach 500 career victories when the Colonials visit Duquesne Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.
McKeown won 68 games in three seasons at New Mexico St. from 1986-89 and is 431-151 in his 19th year at GW.
GW (17-4, 5-1 A-10) has won 45 of the 50 meetings in its series with Duquesne (11-10, 2-4 A-10), including four-in-a-row after the Dukes snapped the Colonials' 11-game winning streak during the 2003-04 season. GW is 19-5 against Duquesne on the road and 15-2 all-time at the Palumbo Center since it opened for the 1988-89 season.
The Colonials have won their last three games since a 68-66 loss at Temple on Jan. 19, their first regular season A-10 loss in 23 months. GW moved to 5-1 in the A-10 this season with Tuesday's 81-73 win over much-improved Dayton. Senior Kimberly Beck had 18 points, including 10 straight during a 12-0 second-half run, followed by 17 from junior Jessica Adair. The Colonials are now 23-0 all-time against the Flyers.
Senior point guard Kimberly Beck became GW's career assists leader with six assists versus No. 10/10 Texas A&M on Dec. 20, breaking Kathy Marshall's 22-year-old mark of 580. Beck now has 644 career assists, eighth all-time in Atlantic 10 Conference history and on pace for seventh all-time in league annals. Beck, who leads the A-10 with 6.3 assists per game this season, has led the conference in assists in three straight seasons - only former Penn State point guard and first-year Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell (Serio) paced the A-10 in assists all four seasons (1985-88), finishing her career with an NCAA record 1,307.
Duquesne has split its last four conference games after starting 0-2 in league play. The Dukes knocked off Dayton and fell to Xavier in Pittsburgh, then won at Fordham and lost at St. Bonaventure to fall to 2-4 in A-10 play. In their last outing, the Dukes were victim to a pair of free throws with 0.2 seconds left in a 62-61 loss against St. Bonaventure. Senior Jade Singleton led DU with 14 points versus the Bonnies, followed by 12 from both Kristi Little and Samantha Pollino.
Little is second in the league in both scoring (17.6 ppg) and assists (5.71 apg) and paces the A-10 in steals (3.57 spg), but also is the league leader in turnovers (4.6 topg). Duquesne has had just two winning Atlantic 10 seasons (10-6 - 1997-98, 2003-04) and has advanced past the A-10 Championship quarterfinals twice (1992, 2006).
The GW women's basketball team, athletic and spirit departments will host the program's first-ever PINK OUT when the Colonials return to Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Saturday, Feb. 10 to take on Richmond. The promotion, co-sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, is designed to raise awareness for breast cancer research and the national THINK PINK initiative through fan support at women's basketball games. Fans are encouraged to join the GW and Richmond players, coaches and staff in wearing pink to this special game. All proceeds from the contest will go to support the GW Cancer Institute.