GW Women's Hoops Opens A-10 Play With 72-56 Win Over George Mason

Caira Washington posted her second straight double-double and fourth of the season against George Mason.

Jan. 2, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Four Colonials scored in double figures as the George Washington women's basketball team won its sixth straight game, opening Atlantic 10 play with a 72-56 victory over league newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason on Thursday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.

GW improves to 10-4 on the year, its best 14-game start since 2007-08, as it opens league play with a victory for just the second time since that season. In addition, the Colonials have won six in a row for the first time since Jan. 14-31, 2009.

Freshman Caira Washington led GW with her second double-double in as many games and her fourth on the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. She connected on 7-of-10 field goal attempts and added four blocks and three steals. Graduate student Danni Jackson neared a double-double as well with a game-high 16 points and nine assists while committing just two turnovers, and she was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line.

Junior Chakecia Miller scored 13 points to go with four assists and four steals. Freshman Hannah Schaible was the fourth Colonial in double figures with 12 points, and graduate student Brooke Wilson pulled down 10 rebounds.

George Mason (6-8, 0-1 A-10) made the first basket of the game, but Schaible responded with a three-pointer and GW never trailed again.

After a three by sophomore Aaliyah Brown gave the Colonials a nine-point lead, 22-13, with 10:49 to play in the first half, the Patriots tied the game at 25 with a 12-3 run, but GW quickly regained the lead on a 17-footer by Miller, igniting a 10-2 spurt by the Colonials, who led, 35-30, at halftime.

GW came out of the break strong, scoring 12 of the first 14 points of the half to go up by 15 with 14:36 remaining. Mason tried to chip away, but never got closer than 10 as the Colonials held the visitors to just 25 percent shooting (8-32) in the period. GW's lead reached a game-high 19 points on four occasions, including a putback by Washington with 1:03 left.

Janaa Pickard led the Patriots with 15 points to go with eight rebounds, but she did most of her damage in the first half as the Colonials limited her to just four points over the final 20 minutes. Taylor Brown, the A-10's third-leading scorer who entered the game averaging 19.6 points per contest, finished with 13 points, but had only four over the first 37 minutes of action before tallying Mason's final nine points of the game.

GW outrebounded Mason - the top rebounding team in the Atlantic 10 - 54-39, including 22-13 on the offensive glass.

With the win, the Colonials move within one point of the Patriots, 4-3, in the Revolutionary Rivalry standings. The next point on the line will also be in women's basketball, as these teams meet again in just 16 days, on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center.

The Colonials conclude their seven-game homestand 6-1 and have won nine-of-10 games at the Smith Center this season and 13-of-14 since Feb. 6, 2013.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they visit defending Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m. in a nationally televised game on NBC Sports Network.



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