Women's Basketball Routs VCU for First A-10 Win
Defense stymies Rams while Mahoney pours in career-high 17 points
RICHMOND, Va. - A suffocating defensive effort was once again the winning formula for the George Washington women's basketball team as the Colonials cruised in their first game of the 2018 calendar year with a 61-39 rout of VCU on Wednesday night at E.J. Wade Arena.
GW (6-8, 1-1 A-10) conceded just 12 made field goals while forcing a season-high 27 turnovers in a game that was never in doubt after the first quarter of play. The Colonials led for all but 36 seconds of game time in the 40-minute contest, including a 19-7 advantage after 10 minutes of play that ballooned to 30 points midway through the fourth quarter, the largest lead owned by GW this season.
Junior Kelsi Mahoney was the catalyst in the early going. She poured in a career-high 17 points in the game, with 13 points coming in the first half. The Concord, North Carolina, native hit a pair of threes in the first quarter followed by seven points in the second stanza. She also totaled four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals while finishing 4-for-8 from downtown.
VCU started the game just 2-for-12 from the field in the first quarter while being hounded by GW into six giveaways in the first 10 minutes. The second quarter wasn't much better for the Rams as the Colonials flustered the home team into nine turnovers. GW enjoyed a 23-8 scoring advantage in the second quarter and carried a 42-15 lead into halftime.
Senior Brianna Cummings took the offensive reigns in the second half, totaling eight of her 14 points after halftime. She finished 4-for-5 from the field, 6-for-6 from the free throw line and added five rebounds and three steals in another standout performance.
Freshman Neila Luma was the third Colonial in double figures with 14 points (4-of-5 FG, 6-of-7 FT) along with five rebounds while junior Mei-Lyn Bautista dished out seven assists to go with five points, three steals and two rebounds.
Senior Kelli Prange made her return to the lineup after missing the last six games due to a concussion. She was effective in limited action, finishing with two points, two rebounds and a steal in six minutes of action.
GW enjoyed a 26-12 advantage in points in the paint and added a 22-3 margin in points off turnovers. GW's 15 steals in the game was also a season-high.
GW returns home to the Smith Center on Sunday to begin a stretch of back-to-back, nationally-televised games. First up is George Mason on Sunday at 6:00 p.m., followed by Duquesne on Saturday, January 13th at noon. Both games will air on CBS Sports Network.
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