Jessica Adair's 21 Helps GW Escape Fordham, 55-52
Colonials Survive Scare for 15th Straight Win Over Rams
Jan. 17, 2009
BRONX, NY - Senior center Jessica Adair hit 10-of-14 field goals and finished with a game-high 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to lift George Washington to its first road victory of the season, 55-52, over pesky, much-improved Fordham Saturday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym.
GW (9-8, 2-1 A-10) overcame 13-of-46 shooting from its other 10 players and a Fordham (7-11, 0-3 A-10) team which dropped its fifth straight game despite shooting 62 percent in the first half. The Colonials held the Rams to just 25 percent in the second half and scored 20 points off 24 turnovers to improve to 15-0 all-time in the series and 7-0 at Rose Hill.
Senior Antelia Parrish also finished in double-figures with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, followed by nine points and a game-high six assists from senior Yolanda Lavender. Randall Hurst led three double-digit scorers for Fordham with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double. Becky Peters added 12 and Kristina Bell chipped in 11.
GW committed a season-low four first-half turnovers, but Fordham overcame 16 turnovers by shooting a blistering 62 percent (13-of-21) from the field in the opening 20 minutes as the teams' entered intermission knotted at 33-33. Jessica Adair led all players with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting at the break, but the rest of the Colonials shot just 9-of-27 in the first half.
The teams' continued to trade the lead to begin the second half, but the Colonials broke free with a 9-1 run to grab a 46-40 lead on a Lavender assist to Jessica Adair with 8:30 remaining.
Fordham responded with seven quick points, including five from Kristina Bell, to jump back in front 47-46 with 6:34 to play.
GW didn't shoot its first free throws until four minutes remained in the contest, with Jessica Adair converting 1-of-2 attempts to draw even at 47-47.
The Colonials twice went ahead by a basket, but Becky Peters answered each time, first on an open layup on a baseline out-of-bounds play followed by a shot clock buzzer-beating 15-foot jumper to make it 51-51 with 2:16 left.
Following a turnover and missed Fordham jumper, GW called timeout on its next possession and Jessica Adair put-back Lavender's miss to regain the lead, 53-51, with 1:17 to go.
Peters missed on an off-balance three to force the Rams to into five successive fouls to put the Colonials on the foul line. Lavender received the seventh foul and missed the front end and Hurst hit 1-of-2 after being fouled on a put-back attempt to make it 53-52.
Fordham again chose to put Lavender on the line, where she converted both shots to give GW a 55-52 advantage. Annie Zopf's late three-point attempt circled around the rim and out to send the Colonials to their first road victory of the season.
The 21-point effort is Jessica Adair's second 20-point game in her last four outings. The 6-4 center is averaging 17.8 points on 63 percent shooting the last four games.
GW finishes the non-conference portion of its schedule Wednesday at Charles E. Smith Center against Villanova. The NCAA Pack the House Challenge contest tips at 8:00 pm and will air live on CBS College Sports.