GW shoots just 31% in loss to Duquesne
By: Zuri Lawrence
The George Washington Colonials fell to conference rival Duquesne 73-63 Sunday afternoon, bringing the team’s record to 13-8 on the season and 6-3 in conference play. Brianna Cummings led the team off the bench with 13 points as the Colonials shot 31 percent from the field of 71 total shots, 33 of them coming from beyond the arc. By the end of the first quarter, the Colonials were shooting just 1-10 from beyond the arc and had 7 points on the scoreboard, the team was getting wide open shots but were unable to get most of them to fall. On the other side of the ball, Duquesne was able to capitalize on fast break opportunities on the many missed Colonials’ baskets. Still, the Dukes did not shoot much better with 41 percent from the field but were able to keep a steady control of the game at the line where they shot 29-34 (including 27 attempts in the fourth quarter alone), GW only shot 18 free throws in the game.
The defense for the Colonials remained strong with Schaible coming away with two steals and the team forcing a shot clock violation for the Dukes early in the first half. Mahoney, Tapias and Prange provided off the bench help on the defensive end as Coach Rizzotti put more players into the rotation.
The absence of Caira Washington was felt today, her ability to command down low and her impressive field goal percentage would have really helped the Colonials today. Coach Rizzotti said she expects Washington to be back soon to get the Colonials back in rhythm. Unfortunately, the struggle to shoot the ball continues for the Colonials which they will no doubt need to fix in their next game on Wednesday, February 1 against the Fordham Rams.