GW Women's Hoops' Late Run Not Enough in 80-67 Loss to Saint Joseph's

Chakecia Miller scored 20 points and added five steals against Saint Joseph's.

Jan. 17, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Sophomore Chakecia Miller posted her second career 20-point effort, and senior Megan Nipe added a season-best 17 points and eight rebounds, but the George Washington women's basketball team could not overcome a 19-point halftime deficit in an 80-67 loss to Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's on Thursday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Miller made 6-of-11 field goal attempts and was 8-of-9 from the foul line in matching her career-high with 20 points, and she added five steals and three assists. Nipe's 17 points came on 6-of-12 shooting. In addition, freshman Alexis Chandler posted a career-best 10 points in 17 minutes off the bench, and graduate student Tara Booker chipped in nine points, eight boards and three steals.

All five Saint Joseph's starters scored in double figures, led by Erin Shields' 25 points. She was 7-of-12 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from three-point range, and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Natasha Cloud added 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals. The Colonials held the Hawks' leading scorer, Chatilla van Grinsven, to just 1-for-12 from the field, but she made 9-of-11 free throws and finished with 11 points and a game-high nine boards.

GW (6-10, 0-2 A-10) led, 8-2, at the first media timeout thanks to a 4-for-9 start from the floor. Saint Joseph's, however, took control of the game with a 36-10 run over the next 13:21 that gave the visitors a 38-18 lead with less than two minutes to go in the half. The Hawks were 11-for-19 in that stretch with 14 points from Shields.

Saint Joseph's (11-5, 2-0 A-10) shot 51.9 percent in the half and made 7-of-12 from three-point range to take a 43-24 lead at the break.



Facing their largest halftime deficit of the season, the Colonials made the first two field goals of the second half, but the Hawks scored another seven in a row to take a game-high 22-point lead, 51-29, three minutes into the period.

Chandler answered with a layup in GW's next possession and Booker followed with a three-pointer, sparking a 21-9 run that saw the Colonials cut their deficit to 10 points, 60-50, with 8:53 to play. Miller scored eight straight points in that span, while Booker had seven and Chandler six, as they were the only Colonials to score during the spurt.

A pair of three-pointers by Shields and a layup by Ilze Gotfrida gave the Hawks a 16-point advantage with just over five minutes to go, but GW kept chipping away, as Nipe scored seven of the Colonials' next 10 points to pull within 11 with 2:26 left. GW could not get over that hump, however, and fell, 80-67.

GW outrebounded Saint Joseph's, 41-34, including 16-8 on the offensive glass, which led to an 18-6 advantage in second-chance points. The Colonials also held a 32-18 edge in points in the paint, as 54 of the Hawks' points came from long distance or the foul line.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they visit Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU at 1 p.m.

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