The Duquesne Women’s Basketball Team has won its second consecutive contest, besting George Mason 67-55 Thursday night at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.
Duquesne (8-11/3-4 A-10) was led by Tess Myers scored 12 of her team best 15 points in the second half as she connected for five three-point shots. Laia Sole totaled 11 of her 14 points in the first half, while both Precious Johnson and Fatou Pouye each swished 12 points. Megan McConnell finished with a final line of eight points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
The six Dukes turnovers on the evening were a season low.
George Mason (6-12/0-6) was led by Taylor Jameson’s 16 points, 12 of which were scored in the first half. Leading scorer Amaya Scott scored 10 points but was held to 3-of-10 shooting from the field.
Both teams had its share of offensive struggles in the early going and George Mason in particular had three turnovers which allowed Duquesne to go on a 6-0 run.
Jameson kept George Mason in the first quarter with her eight points as she made all three of her two-point attempts in the period.
Duquesne shot 40% in the opening quarter and had a 15-12 advantage.
Sole scored nine points in the second quarter, and she was responsible for her own 7-0 run, which culminated in an and-one opportunity which she took advantage of.
George Mason was able to press after its made baskets, which caused Duquesne some panic on the offensive end.
The Patriots shot 61.5% from the field in the second quarter and made three of its last four shots from the field allowing it to cut the halftime deficit to 37-29.
Duquesne misfired on its first seven shots from the field and George Mason cut its deficit to two.
A Johnson layup ended that skid, but quickly on the other end, Jazmyn Doster converted a shot and Johnson fouled her. When Doster made the free throw, the teams were separated by a single point.
Duquesne coach Dan Burt’s frustration with the officiating was very present on two separate occasions. The first instance was on Amaya Hamilton’s third foul of the game where Burt believed she had gone straight up defensively, but instead was assessed a foul.
Burt attempted to find an expectation for the next three plays.
McConnell’s second foul, also was a sticking point for Burt who was trying to find the foul and had to be held back by a member of his staff.
Duquesne continued its offensive struggles going 3-for-17 from the field. Despite George Mason shooting 30.9% in the third quarter, it would take a lead at the free-throw line, an advantage which would only be squandered when Myers hit a three-point shot before the third quarter expired.
With 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Duquesne would lead 47-46.
Early in the fourth quarter, Johnson’s active hands on the defensive front led to two steals and Duquesne was able to go on a 6-0 run.
After a George Mason basket, Duquesne fed Johnson in the post and the Dukes went back to the drawing boards with an 8-0 run.
George Mason was unable to bounce back, securing Duquesne’s victory.
Duquesne will next host La Salle Sunday at 2 p.m. The contest will be carried by ESPN+.