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Duquesne, GW, Bona & VCU Pick Up League Wins on Saturday

Release: 01/19/2014
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VCU 81, Massachusetts 51
-- Senior Robyn Parks recorded her seventh double-double of the season with game-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds and VCU posted its 15th win in its last 17 games with a dominating 81-51 victory at UMass Saturday afternoon. 

The Rams, who outscored UMass 46-23 in the second half, used a massive 26-4 run near the beginning of the period to put the game out of reach.

Sophomore Jessica Pellechio added 16 points off the bench, while freshman Isis Thorpe chipped in 13 as the duo combined to knock down seven threes.  Senior Zakia Williams finished with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Rams.

VCU, which scored 31 points off a season-high 32 Minutewomen turnovers, improved to an impressive 9-2 on the road.  The Rams forced a then season-high 30 miscues in their 112-54 route of UMass on Jan. 2.

George Washington 94, George Mason 68
George Washington women's basketball's starting frontcourt duo of sophomore Jonquel Jones and freshman Caira Washington combined for 43 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Colonials to a 94-68 win over Atlantic 10 newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason on Saturday evening at the Patriot Center.

With its ninth win in its last 10 games, GW improves to 13-5 on the season, its best start since 2007-08, and is 4-1 in Atlantic 10 play for the first time since 2008-09. The Colonials also pick up a point in the Revolutionary Rivalry standings, tying the score at 4-4.

Jones posted her second straight double-double and fifth in eight games this season with a career-high 22 points and 16 rebounds, matching her career best. Washington also recorded a career high with 21 points, giving the Colonials two players with 20 points for the second time this season.

Junior Chakecia Miller scored 12 points and added four steals, and graduate student Danni Jackson recorded 10 points and seven assists in the game.

Meeting for the second time in 16 days, GW and George Mason battled in a back-and-forth first half that included seven ties and four lead changes, but the Colonials pulled away in the second period, outscoring the the Patriots by 19.

The score was tied at 37 with 3:28 to go in the first, but back-to-back buckets by Washington gave the Colonials the lead for good and sparked an 11-4 run to end the half. A three-pointer by grad student Megan Nipe just seconds before the buzzer gave GW a seven-point halftime lead, 48-41.

The Colonials took control of the game in the second half, using a 9-1 surge to go up by 16 at the 13:20 mark. George Mason (6-13, 0-6 A-10) pulled within 11 on a jumper by Janaa Pickard with 10:46 to go but did not score again for more than six minutes, as GW scored 16 straight points to take a commanding 84-57 lead with 4:50 left, and a three-pointer by junior Aaliyah Brown at 1:29 gave the Colonials a game-high 29-point lead, 94-65.

GW shot 50 percent (31-62) in the game while limiting Mason to 34.7 percent (26-75) from the floor. GW held the Patriots to just 11 of 37 field goals (29.7 percent) in the second half, and outrebounded Mason, 51-37, in the game, including 30-15 in the second period.

Taylor Brown led the Patriots with 21 points, while Pickard scored 12 and Sandra Ngoie added 10. Talisha Watts pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host A-10 rival Saint Joseph's at 11 a.m. for the annual Field Trip Day. GW defeated the Hawks, 74-67, on Jan. 5 in Philadelphia.

Duquesne 62, Rhode Island 47
Wumi Agunbiade scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the 2nd half to lead the Duquesne women's basketball team to a 62-47 victory over Rhode Island on National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Palumbo Center on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Dukes, who improve to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Agunbiade added a game-high 11 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double. Orsi Szecsi scored 14 points and April Robinson added 13 along with a game-high six assists.

The Rams (6-12, 1-4 A-10) were led by Sydney Lewis with 14 points. Kallie Banker and Tayra Melendez added 11 and 10 respectively.

Duquesne started off hot from the floor, making six of its first nine shots and the Dukes' defense held Rhode Island to just two field goals on 12 attempts as they built an early 16-4 at the under-12 minute media timeout in the first half. The Rams' 4-minute scoreless streak ended at the 11:26 mark on Sydney Lewis' jumper. URI would score the game's next two baskets to cut their deficit to six points at 16-10 with 9:12 to play. Duquesne would reclaim a double-digit lead on Robinson's 3-pointer - her 10th point of the half - which made the score 21-11 with 4:25 remaining until halftime. However, the Dukes would only make one field goal down the stretch and the Rams ended on a 10-2 run, making it a 2-point game, 23-21, at halftime.

Tati Johnson's turnaround jumper opened up the 2nd half scoring and tied the game at 23-23. After the teams exchanged baskets, Olivia Bresnahan's "and-1" followed by baskets by Raegan Moore, Agunbiade and the rare 4-point play by Szecsi capped an 11-4 run over the next 3:03 and put Duquesne up 36-29. With the Dukes up 36-33, Robinson's 3-pointer started an 11-2 run over the next 4:15 - seven of those points were scored by Agunbiade - to take a 13-point lead at 48-35 with 7:25 to play. A Szecsi jumper with 2:00 remaining in the game made the score 57-41 and gave the Dukes its largest lead of the game at 16 points.

The Dukes will embark on a three-game road trip beginning on Wednesday night at VCU (16-3, 4-2 A-10). This will be a rematch of the Jan. 4th matchup at the Palumbo Center. Following the

St. Bonaventure 62, Saint Louis 60
–The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team came from behind in the closing minutes of the game to claim a 62-60 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies were led by Nyla Rueter, who registered a career-high 22 points. SBU improves to 14-6 overall, 3-2 in the A-10 and 7-1 on home court this season.

Saint Louis maintained a tight lead over the Bonnies throughout much of the first half, building its lead to as many as seven points with 2:28 remaining. The Billikens outscored the Brown and White 12-6 in the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a six point lead into the break. Nyla Rueter, who would go on to record a game-high and career-high 22 points, was tied with SLU's Denisha Womack for the game-high in points with 12 after the first 20 minutes. St. Bonaventure did not shoot a single free throw in the first half, as Saint Louis went 4-5 from the line.

In the second half, the Bonnies would fall behind by as many as 12 points with 8:26 remaining. Gabby Richmond and Hannah Little combined for 10 of the team's first 14 points in the final 20 minutes.  Rueter would add 10 more points, and Healy's eight second half points, including consecutive scores down the stretch, proved to be the difference-maker in this one as St. Bonaventure refused to lose on home court.  A three point field goal by Emily Michael with just over three minutes to go, her only points of the night, pulled the Bonnies within three points. Back-to-back jumpers from Rueter and Healy put SBU in the lead by one, 58-57 with 1:42 remaining. Saint Louis would answer back with a triple with under a minute left to tie the game at 60, but Healy would strike again with 19 seconds left to give the Bonnies the lead for good and cap-off the come-from-behind victory.

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