GW Women's Hoops Falls at No. 17/16 Dayton, 80-52
Jan. 24, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - The George Washington women's basketball team hung with No. 17/16 Dayton for the majority of the first half, but the host Flyers scored 15 straight points to end the half and pulled away in the second for an 80-52 win in Atlantic 10 action on Thursday afternoon at UD Arena.
GW (7-11, 1-3 A-10) started off hot, connecting on seven of its first 13 shots in the game while Dayton (16-1, 4-0 A-10) was just 4-for-15, but six Colonial turnovers in the first 10 minutes kept it close. A three-pointer by graduate student Tara Booker at the 10:54 mark gave GW a 15-12 lead, but five straight points by Dayton forward Ally Mallott put the Flyers on top.
The Colonials tied it up twice more and trailed by just three, 29-26, at the final media timeout of the half after another Booker three-pointer, but the Flyers scored the final 15 points of the period, going 7-for-9 from the floor over the last 3:32 of action to take a 44-26 lead at the break.
Neither team shot well in the second half, but Dayton continued to pull away. A pair of free throws by sophomore Chakecia Miller made it 46-32 at the 17:08 mark, but the Colonials never got any closer. Dayton center Cassie Sant tallied five straight, and back-to-back layups by Olivia Applewhite and Sam MacKay gave the Flyers a 20-point margin for the first time with 12:25 to go.
Dayton maintained the pressure, not allowing consecutive GW scores until the final two minutes, when freshman Alexis Chandler made one of two free throws and followed with a jumper on the Colonials' next possession, but the Flyers tallied the final five points of the game on a three-pointers by Amber Deane and a layup by Jodie Cornelie to give them an 80-52 victory.
Booker and senior Shi-Heria Shipp each scored 10 points to lead the Colonials, and Booker added a game-high nine rebounds. She was 4-for-4 from the floor in the game, including 2-for-2 from three-point range. Senior Megan Nipe tallied nine points, while Chandler chipped in seven.
Deane led four Flyers in double figures with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Mallott recorded 17 points and seven rebounds and MacKay had 13 points, five boards and five assists.
Dayton scored 26 points off 22 GW turnovers, held a 40-28 advantage in the paint and scored 30 points on fast breaks. The Flyers also edged the Colonials on the boards, 44-42. Dayton shot 41.2 percent from the floor in the game, while GW made 35.1 percent of its shots.
After playing on the road for six of the last seven games, the Colonials return home on Sunday, when they host Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.