GW Women's Hoops Drops A-10 Opener at UMass, 62-58
Booker, Jackson Tally 14 Points Apiece
Jan. 12, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The George Washington women's basketball team used a 16-5 run late in the second half to pull within three points but could not complete the comeback in a 62-58 loss to host Massachusetts in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center.
UMass (3-13, 1-0 A-10) led by 15 points with 5:09 remaining, but GW graduate student Tara Booker responded with her third three-pointer of the game. After Emily Mital made a layup for the Minutewomen, senior Danni Jackson answered with one of her own, and GW went on to score seven straight and 13 of the next 15 points to make it a three-point game, 59-56, with 39 seconds left.
UMass ran down the shot clock on its next possession, and Nola Henry made a play that resulted in a layup with 13 seconds remaining. Jackson layed it in on the other end seven seconds later, and the Colonials immediately committed a foul, but Carolann Cloutier made one of her two free throws to seal the four-point victory.
GW (6-9, 0-1 A-10) jumped out to a 7-1 lead to start the game, but Mital drained back-to-back three-pointers to push the Minutewomen ahead at 8-7. Both teams went cold in the middle of the half, as neither made a field goal for more than five minutes, and Booker eventually tied the game at 14-14 with a triple at the 8:34 mark.
The teams traded baskets on their next possessions, but a layup by UMass forward Rashida Timbilla sparked an 11-1 run, as the Minutewomen took a 10-point advantage, 27-17, with 3:39 to go in the half. Jackson ended the run with four straight points on a pair of free throws and a jumper - GW's first field goal in nearly seven minutes - and Cloutier made one-of-two free throws in the waning seconds to give UMass a 28-21 lead at halftime. GW made just 7-of-27 attempts (25.9 percent) in the period.
The Colonials came out of the break strong, cutting their deficit to three points four times over the first four minutes, but the Minutewomen scored eight straight points out of the first media timeout, sparked by back-to-back three-pointers by Cloutier to take an 11-point lead and GW was not able to recover until its late run.
The Colonials bounced back from a cold first half to shoot 40 percent in the second and finished at 33.3 percent in the game, but UMass shot 52 percent in the second period and finished at 44.2 percent from the floor.
Jackson and Booker led all scorers with 14 points apiece. Booker made 4-of-9 attempts from long distance and added three steals and a team-high six rebounds, while Jackson recorded five assists and three steals. Sophomore Chakecia Miller tallied nine points and five steals and matched her career-high with six assists. GW recorded 19 steals in the contest.
Cloutier led four Minutewomen in double figures with 13 points and added four assists, while Mital tallied 11 and Timbilla grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points, three assists and five steals. UMass outrebounded GW, 39-35, in the game.
The Colonials return to action on Thursday, when they return to the Charles E. Smith Center for the first time in nearly a month to host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m.