GW Women's Hoops Set to Face Duquesne in A-10 Championship First Round on Friday
No. 10 Colonials and No. 7 Dukes Meet at 5 p.m.
March 1, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The No. 10 seed George Washington women's basketball team will take on No. 7 Duquesne in the first round of the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship on Friday at 5 p.m. at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University.
The Colonials are making their 30th appearance in the A-10 Championship, one of three teams to qualify for the league postseason in every season since the tournament began in 1983, joining Saint Joseph's and Temple.
GW is 32-25 all-time in the A-10 Championship, but the Colonials have not won a tournament game since 2008. Last season, No. 11 GW fell to No. 6 Dayton, 61-58, in the first round. Sara Mostafa tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, while Tiana Myers added 14 points.
The Colonials are 6-2 all-time against Duquesne in the A-10 Championship, but lost the most recent meeting in the 2010 first round, a 61-58 overtime defeat in Upper Marlboro, Md. A win over the Dukes would move GW into Saturday's quarterfinals against No. 2 Temple, which has a first-round bye.
GW (11-17, 4-10 A-10) has lost five straight games, its longest losing streak of the season, following a 52-49 defeat at A-10 rival Saint Joseph's in Sunday's regular-season finale. Senior Tara Booker led the Colonials with 15 points and 12 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season and second in the last three games.
Three Colonials rank among the A-10's top 20 scoring leaders in conference games, as Booker (13.4 ppg) is 11th, Myers (12.5 ppg) is 16th and junior Danni Jackson (12.4 ppg) is 17th. GW is the only school in the league with three players in the top 20.
GW's defense continues to rank among the top of the Atlantic 10. The Colonials rank second in the league in steals (10.2 per game), third in field goal percentage defense (.387), fourth in turnover margin (+3.57) and fifth in scoring defense (59.6 ppg).
Duquesne (19-10, 7-7 A-10), which was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, finished in a tie with La Salle for seventh place in the A-10 standings. The Dukes ended the season with a 74-69 overtime loss to Dayton on Sunday.
Forward Wumi Agunbiade is the A-10's fourth-leading scorer at 14.6 points per game, one of three Dukes averaging double figures on the season. She is also Duquesne's top rebounder at 6.5 boards per contest. Agunbiade and guard Alex Gensler were both selected to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team. Gensler ranked seventh in the A-10 with 13.9 ppg and fourth with 2.0 three-pointers per outing. In addition, guard Jocelyn Floyd was named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team after leading the league and ranking fifth in the NCAA in steals (3.8 spg).
Duquesne is the A-10's fourth-ranked offense (68.1 ppg) and defense (58.7 ppg), outscoring its opponents by 9.4 points per game. The Dukes also lead the league in steals (12.0 spg) and turnover margin (+6.07).
GW is 47-9 all-time against Duquesne, but the Dukes have won the last four meetings. Junior Megan Nipe has averaged a team-best 16.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg in three career contests against Duquesne, including 18 points and nine boards in the 2010 A-10 Championship first-round matchup.
Earlier this season, the Dukes defeated the Colonials, 76-50, in Pittsburgh. Nipe led GW with 14 points and six rebounds. Agunbiade scored a game-high 21 points for Duquesne, making all 10 of her field goal attempts, while forward Orsi Szecsi posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
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