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GW, AU win; Georgetown doesn't

Caira Washington
Caira WashingtonGW Athletic Department

If two out of three ain’t bad, DC’s Division I schools had a nice night Feb. 5.

Caira Washington (Georgetown Day School) posted a double-double and Megan Nipe scored her 1,000th career point as George Washington rallied for an 80-68 victory over Atlantic 10-leading Duquesne on Wednesday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

GW improved to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in Atlantic 10 play. The Colonials’ 16 victories is their most since 2008-09 when they won 17 games, and the seven A-10 wins match last season’s total. Washington sizzled from the floor, making 10-of-11 shots for a career-high 22 points, and she pulled down 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

Entering the game needing 12 points to become the 29th member of GW’s 1,000-point club, Nipe finished with 13, topping the milestone on a pair of free throws with 1:17 to go. Danni Jackson (Dumfries, Va.) finished just shy of her second double-double in as many games with 17 points and nine assists and Jonquel Jones (Riverdale Baptist) added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Trailing by seven at halftime, the Colonials shot 60.6 percent in the second half and outscored Duquesne (16-7, 8-2) by 19 in the period to rally for the win, snapping the Dukes’ seven-game win streak. GW went on a 16-4 run, tying the game on a jumper by Nipe with 11:41 to go and taking the lead on a layup by Jones at 10:01.

A three-pointer by Raegan Moore made it a one-point game, 61-60, with 8:19 left, but the Colonials responded with another 15-3 surge to go up by 13 with 2:08 remaining. Jackson and Nipe combined to make six straight free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.

Moore paced the Dukes with 21 points and six assists, while Orsi Szecsi posted 18 points and eight rebounds.

Eagle Soar

Every Eagle scored as AU rolled past Loyola (Md.) 63-38. Jen Dumiak led the way with 18 points. Sarah Kiely led the team with eight rebounds as it held a 29-28 edge on the glass.

Nicole Krusen (Georgetown Visitation) led Loyola with 12 points.

AU improved to 15-7, 8-3 in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds fell to 5-17, 2-9. Bucknell dropped a 87-64 decision at Lafayette so the are alone in third in the PL.

Navy went on an early 22-1 run to put away Boston U 68-57. Chloe Stapleton and Alix Membreno led Navy scorers with 18 points apiece. BU’s Rashidat Agboola led all scorers with 19 points.

The Middies remain atop the PL at 18-4, 10-1. The Terriers fell to 8-16- 3-8.

GT’s long, winding road

Creighton’s Marissa Janning led the Bluejays with 38 points including five 3-pointers as the Blue Jays topped Georgetown 75-61. Janning jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Big East’s season scoring ledger, averaging a league-high 18.3 points per game, including 21 against conference foes.

The Hoyas continued to fall prey to the treys throughout the second half. Creighton hit 11 three-pointers on the night.

Andrea White led GT with 17 points and five assists, while freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va.) added 13 points and a team-high 14 boards. Samisha Powell had 11 points on the evening.