Prange's Career Day Leads Women's Hoops Past URI, 65-52
Senior forward double-doubled with career-highs of 36 points and 13 rebounds
WASHINGTON - Senior Kelli Prange was nearly unstoppable on Wednesday afternoon, putting forth one of the finest individual performances in program history, as the George Washington women's basketball team fought its way to a 65-52 win over Rhode Island at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Prange scored a career-high 36 points on a torrid 14-of-17 shooting from the field while grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds to lead GW (9-10, 4-3 A-10) to its fourth conference win of the season.
The 36 points represents the highest single-game total by any player in the Atlantic 10 this season as well as the fifth-highest single-game total in program history. The performance is also the most points in a game by a GW player since Elisa Aguilar scored 37 on January 12, 1998 at Duquesne.
The Colonials trailed early in the game, falling behind 7-0 over the first three minutes of play, before Prange entered the game off the bench and immediately made an impact. She scored her first points on a pair of free throws, assisted on a three pointer by Kelsi Mahoney on the following possession, and then ripped down an offensive rebound and scored on the putback the next time down the floor.
Prange was involved in all of GW's 17 points in the first quarter. She finished with 14 points in the stanza while assisting on Mahoney's three pointer.
Rhode Island would not back down easily and outscored the Colonials, 22-11, in the second quarter to trail by just two points at halftime, 29-27. At the break, Prange had 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds.
Other portions of GW's lineup came alive in the third quarter as a three-pointer by Mei-Lyn Bautista and a pair of field goals by Brianna Cummings opened a 7-2 run to begin the second half. However, Prange continued to be a focal point of the offense in the third stanza and eclipsed her previous career-high of 24 points (at Florida Gulf Coast, 11/14/14) with a baseline jumper at the 1:19 mark.
GW carried a 13-point lead (51-38) into the fourth quarter where Prange continued to pour it in. She hit all five of her field goals over the final 10 minutes to reach her monumental total. The Colonials led by double digits throughout the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 16 points, befor settling on the final 65-52 decision.
Cummings also finished in double figures by scoring 14 points in addition to a career-high tying five assists and three rebounds.
GW won the rebounding battle, 38-31, and pulled down a season-high 18 offensive boards thanks to strong efforts from Prange (six offensive) and freshman Neila Luma (five rebounds, three offensive).
The Colonials' 18 assists is their third-highest total in a game this season. Bautista finished with seven dimes for the second straight game in addition to both Cummings and Mahoney tying their career-highs with five helpers apiece.
GW will play the second game of its three-game homestand on Saturday when it welcomes Saint Louis to the Smith Center for a 12 p.m. matinee. The Billikens are in action at George Mason on Wednesday night.
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