PITTSBURGH – Led by three scorers in double figures, the No. 7 Dukes overcame a halftime deficit to defeat No. 10 George Mason, 66-55, in the first round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Trailing 23-21 at the half, Duquesne (16-14) responded with 45 points on 55.5 (20-of-36) shooting in the second half to take control. Duquesne senior Amadea Szamosi had 14 points from the day on 7-of-15 shooting to lead the Dukes. She was joined in double figures by Angela Staffileno and Julijana Vojinovic, with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.
Duquesne used a 16-4 run over the last 5:41 of the third quarter to take control. Staffileno's 3-pointer gave the Dukes a 33-24 lead heading into the final period. Duquesne then scored the first five points of the fourth period to push the lead to 14 with 9:02 remaining. Mason was unable to get closer than 11 points after that.
The Dukes advance to the quarterfinals to face A-10 regular season co-champion, No. 2 seed George Washington at 4:30 pm on Friday, Mar. 3. The Colonials are also the two-time defending league champions. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will all be played in Richmond, Va., at the Richmond Coliseum and will air on American Sports Network (ASN) and online at americansportsnet.com/live.The Patriots (13-17) were led by Tiffany Padgett, who tied a career high with 20 points while Kara Wright added 18 to go along with six rebounds.
Mason shot just 31.7 percent from the field and failed to score less than 60 points for the ninth time in its last 10 games. Padgett was 9-for-19 from the field and scored in double figures for the fourth time in five games. Wright was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line and scored in double figures for a team-high 26th time this season.