Rally Falls Short as GW Women's Hoops Drops 75-69 Decision to Saint Joseph's

Caira Washington recorded her sixth double-double with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Saint Joseph's.

Jan. 22, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team rallied from a 16-point deficit to tie the game in the final minutes, but could not complete the comeback in a 75-69 loss to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Freshman Caira Washington posted a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass, and graduate student Danni Jackson scored a team-best 18 points. Grad student Brooke Wilson recorded her first double-double since Dec. 29, 2010 with 10 points and 11 boards and added three steals.

GW (13-6, 4-2 A-10) closed the first half on a 13-3 run, scoring the final nine points of the half, to go into the break trailing by six, 34-28.

The Colonials pulled within three in the opening minute of the second stanza before Saint Joseph's (15-4, 4-2 A-10) regained a 10-point advantage with seven straight points. A three-pointer by Jackson on GW's next possession ended the Hawks' surge, and the teams traded baskets for much of the next eight minutes before a three-point play by freshman Hannah Schaible sparked an 11-4 run that brought the Colonials within two, 59-57, with 7:06 to play.

Saint Joseph's responded with five in a row to go back up by seven, but another 9-2 GW spurt, capped by a Wilson putback, made it a one-point game, 66-65, with 3:38 left. After SJU guard Natasha Cloud made one of two free throws, Jackson tied the game at 67-67 with a jumper at the 2:16 mark. The Hawks again took the lead with a pair of free throws by Erin Shields, but Wilson knotted the game 15 seconds later.

Saint Joseph's, however, went ahead for good on a jumper by Ashley Robinson with 1:15 remaining, scoring the final six points of the game for the 75-69 win.

Shields led the Hawks with 21 points and seven assists, despite the Colonials holding her to just one field goal in the second half. Sarah Fairbanks recorded 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Cloud added nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

GW shot 50 percent (16-32) in the second half and outrebounded Saint Joseph's, 48-37, including 23-11 on the offensive glass for a 26-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Colonials also outscored the Hawks, 38-22, in the paint.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they host Atlantic 10 rival La Salle at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.



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