Duquesne Outlasts GW in Double Overtime
With 1.4 seconds to play in the first overtime at the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday afternoon, Danni Jackson stepped to the free throw line with a chance to propel GW to a win over the Duquesne Dukes, who entered the matchup undefeated in the Atlantic 10. She calmly sank the first to tie the game at 52 apiece, but her second rattled in and out.
From that point on, Duquesne did not look back. The Colonials were unable to grab a lead in the second overtime and Vanessa Abel’s floater with 55 seconds left seemingly put the game away as the Dukes won 63-59.
Still, while Jackson had a chance to win the game at the end of the first overtime, what cannot be forgotten is that GW had chances to finish off the Dukes in regulation. A Megan Nipe free throw with 12:09 left in regulation gave GW its largest lead of the game at 41-30. However, a string of turnovers led to a cold stretch of shooting, as the Colonials turned the ball over nine times in the final 12:09 while only scoring seven points over that same stretch.
The loss was a disappointing one for the Colonials, absolutely, but that does not mean that the game went without bright spots. Sara Mostafa had 17 points and 9 rebounds, while playing great defense on Duquesne’s star forward Wumi Agunbiade. Danni Jackson chipped in 17 points as well and did a solid job throughout the game of breaking Duquesne’s pressure.
GW proved that it is capable hanging with the conference’s best in the Smith Center, as Duquesne (17-3, 6-0 Atlantic 10) will go toe to toe with Dayton for the A-10 title as the season progresses. Unfortunately though, teams do not get credit for pushing a league contender to double overtime and losing. Still, this team has shown the capability over the past week to defend at a high level, holding both Rhode Island and Duquesne to under 50 points in regulation. Continued defensive efforts such as these could lead to a winning streak if the Colonials can string together a couple weeks of hot shooting.
The Colonials (8-12, 2-4 Atlantic 10) will have a chance to get back on track Sunday when it faces the La Salle Explorers at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia. The game will be broadcast live on WRGW at gwradio.com with the pregame show starting at 12:45 p.m.