Second-Half Surge Leads GW Women's Hoops Past Saint Louis, 84-61
Jackson Ties Single-Game Assists Record in Colonials' Eighth Straight Win
Jan. 8, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team outscored Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis by 24 points in the second half as the Colonials won their eighth straight game, 84-61, on Wednesday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW improves to 12-4 overall, its best start since 2007-08, and moves to 3-0 in A-10 play for the first time since 2006-07. The Colonials' eight-game win streak is their longest since taking nine straight from Dec. 1, 2007-Jan. 16, 2008.
All five GW starters scored in double figures, led by graduate student Danni Jackson, who posted her first career double-double with 16 points and 14 assists, equaling the program's single-game record for helpers originally set by Kristin McArdle in 1992 and matched by Colleen McRea in 1994. Jackson was 3-for-6 from three-point range and added four steals against the Billikens.
Freshman Caira Washington finished one rebound shy of her fourth straight double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, and junior Chakecia Miller tallied 13 points and six assists. Freshman Hannah Schaible chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and four steals, and sophomore Jonquel Jones added 10 points and six boards. Grad student Brooke Wilson pulled down eight rebounds off the bench.
The Colonials got off to a fast start and led, 13-5, after 4:18 of play, then Saint Louis (5-10, 0-2 A-10) rallied to tie the game at 16-all just over two minutes later. GW regained the lead on a three-pointer by sophomore Aaliyah Brown at the 13:16 mark and held onto it for most of the first half until back-to-back three-pointers by SLU freshman Erin Nelson sparked an 11-4 Billikens' run to end the half. Saint Louis led, 37-36, at the break.
SLU guard Desirae Ball made the first basked of the second period, but it was all GW from there as Schaible tied the game with a three-pointer on the next possession, igniting a 25-8 Colonials run - which included nine points from Jackson and six from Washington - over an eight-minute span as GW went up by 14 points, 61-47.
A jumper by Nelson at the 9:12 mark made it a 10-point game, 61-51, but that was the last field goal the Billikens would get until Briana Gray made a layup with 18 seconds remaining, as the Colonials outscored the Billikens, 22-10, the rest of the way.
GW held Saint Louis to just seven field goals and 30.4 percent shooting in the second half, outscoring the visitors, 48-24, in the period. The Colonials, meanwhile, shot 53.3 percent (16-30) in the second stanza and matched a season-high with eight three-pointers in the game.
The Colonials outrebounded the Billikens, 47-38, including 20-10 on the offensive glass, and forced 26 turnovers with 14 steals. Behind Jackson's record-tying mark, GW dished out a season-high 27 assists on 31 field goals.
Nelson led the Billikens with 17 points and added six rebounds, while Jamesia Price recorded 14 points and three steals off the bench. Denisha Womack was the third Saint Louis player in double figures with 11 points, while Sadie Stipanovich pulled down a team-high eight rebounds to go with eight points.
The Colonials now have a week off before visiting defending A-10 regular-season champion Dayton on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.