GW Women's Hoops Outlasts Fordham, 54-43, to Open A-10 Action
Jackson, Booker Combine for 43 Points
Jan. 7, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team used a dominating defensive effort, holding Fordham without a field goal over the final 10 minutes of play, to win its Atlantic 10 Conference opener, 54-43, on Saturday evening at Charles E. Smith Center.
GW (8-7, 1-0 A-10) begins its A-10 schedule with a victory for the first time since the 2007-08 season. That season, the Colonials were A-10 Regular Season Co-Champions and made the program's fourth Sweet 16 appearance.
Junior Danni Jackson paced the Colonials offense, following one of the best performances of her career against William & Mary (22 points on Dec. 28) with a new career-high, netting 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting to go with three steals and three rebounds. Senior Tara Booker posted at least 18 points for the third straight game with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a game-high eight rebounds.
Jackson and Booker combined for 43 of the Colonials 54 points, becoming the first Colonial duo to post 20+ points since Yolanda Lavender (27) and Jessica Adair (20) against Florida Gulf Coast in the 2009 WNIT Tournament.
Fordham (9-7, 0-1 A-10) opened the game on an 8-2 run and led 21-15 with just over nine minutes left in the first half before Jackson erupted with six straight points to tie the game, 21-21, with 4:47 to play. The teams traded baskets in the final minutes and Fordham carried a 28-25 lead into halftime.
The Rams used an early 9-2 spurt to open a seven-point advantage five minutes into the second stanza. The Colonials responded with a 9-2 run of their own, punctuated by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jackson to tie the score, 39-39, with 10:24 to play.
A three-pointer from Fordham's Becky Peters put the Rams back on top but Booker scored five straight points, giving the Colonials their first lead of the night with a three-pointer from the right wing with 6:14 remaining.
From that point, the Colonials outscored the Rams 10-1, as part of an overall 24-6 run over the final 14 minutes, to clinch the 28-25 victory.
GW took care of the basketball throughout the game, committing a season-low five turnovers. Senior Kristin Aldridge was effective at the point, handing out five assists against zero turnovers.
Defensively, the Colonials forced 16 Fordham turnovers while holding the Rams to 32-percent (17-of-53) from the field for the game. The Rams made just six second-half field goals while their top two scorers, Peters and Abigail Corning, were held to a combined 5-of-23 from the floor. Fordham becomes the fifth team this season that GW has held under 50 points.
The Colonials return to action with a road trip to Richmond to take on the Spiders on Wednesday evening at Robins Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.