GW Women's Hoops Drops Non-Conference Finale at North Carolina A&T, 67-56
Jan. 6, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Seniors Shi-Heria Shipp and Megan Nipe combined for 31 points, but the George Washington women's basketball team dropped its non-conference finale, 67-56, to North Carolina A&T at the Aggies' Corbett Sports Center on Sunday evening.
A North Carolina native, Shipp scored a career-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting in her homecoming, while Nipe tallied a season-best 15 points and added five rebounds. Senior Danni Jackson added eight points and six assists.
The Aggies (9-5) scored the first six points of the game, but GW (6-8) responded with seven straight, including five by Nipe, to take a 7-6 lead. The next eight minutes saw four ties and six lead changes, as neither team led by more than two points until a pair of free throws by Shipp gave the Colonials a 20-16 advantage with 5:26 left in the half.
GW, however, managed just one free throw the rest of the period, as A&T ended the half on a 10-1 run to take a 26-21 lead at the break.
The Aggies stretched their lead to seven points out of the intermission, but a layup by Jackson and a three-pointer by graduate student Tara Booker brought the Colonials within four at 30-26. The teams alternated baskets for five minutes until another triple by Nipe made it a two-point game, 37-35, with 11:46 to go.
That was as close as they would get, however, as A&T began to pull away with a series of free throws, then a three-pointer by Adriana Nazario gave the Aggies a double-digit lead, 48-38, with 7:45 left. GW appeared to regain some momentum after Shipp made a pair of foul shots and Booker drained a jumper to pull within seven, but Nazario responded with another triple on the Aggies' next possession.
A&T took a game-high 14-point lead three times in the final three minutes, but did not make a field goal after Tracy King's layup at the 2:24 mark. Instead, the Aggies sank six of eight free throws to seal the victory.
Nazario led A&T with 14 points, while King and Eboni Ross each scored 11. King added a game-high nine rebounds, as the Aggies outrebounded the Colonials, 35-25.
GW shot nearly 44 percent from the floor in the game, including 46 percent in the second half, but A&T connected on nearly 48 percent of its attempts in the game.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they open Atlantic 10 play at Massachusetts.