Shorthanded GW Women's Hoops Falls to Dayton, 74-56
Jan. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Tara Booker led four Colonials in double figure with 13 points, but a shorthanded George Washington women's basketball team fell to Atlantic 10 Conference rival Dayton, 74-56, on Saturday afternoon at Smith Center.
The Flyers (14-5, 6-1 A-10) led from the start, scoring the first seven points of the game, and took a 12-point lead, 16-4, after six minutes of action.
Playing with just six players due to injuries, the Colonials (10-11, 3-4 A-10) climbed back in with a 7-0 run of their own and trailed by just four, 26-22, with 2:38 left in the half after a three-pointer by junior Megan Nipe, but Dayton drained back-to-back treys in the final minute to take a 32-22 lead at the break.
The Flyers came out strong to start the second half, using a 14-2 run over the first four minutes to take a game-high 22-point lead, 46-24. GW responded with nine straight points and eventually pulled back within 10 on three occasions, but could get no closer.
Booker finished one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season with 13 points and nine boards, while Nipe and senior Tiana Myers each scored 12 points. Freshman Chakecia Miller gave the Colonials four players in double figures for the first time since Dec. 28 at William and Mary, as she tallied 10 points, five assists and three steals. In addition, junior Danni Jackson stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, a career-high seven rebounds and five assists.
Dayton guard Andrea Hoover led the Flyers with 22 points and added eight rebounds and four assists, while forward Justine Raterman posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
The Colonials shot just 31.1 percent in the game, while the Flyers made 44.3 percent of their shots. Dayton also outrebounded GW, 45-33, and used 15 offensive boards to pick up 25 second-chance points. The Colonials forced 19 Dayton turnovers but could only capitalize for 13 points.
GW has a week off before visiting league-leading St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Feb. 4.