Jackson Leads GW Women's Hoops to 83-68 Win Over URI

Danni Jackson scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a season-high four three-pointers.

Feb. 1, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Graduate student Danni Jackson tallied 22 points and 11 assists to lead the George Washington women's basketball team to an 83-68 win over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.

GW improves to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in A-10 play. The Colonials' 15 wins surpass last season's total, when they finished 14-16, and are the most since 2008-09.

Jackson posted her second double-double of the season and of her career. Her 22 points came on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Sophomore Jonquel Jones recorded 17 points and added three blocks, while grad student Megan Nipe added 16 points and three assists off the bench.

Freshman Hannah Schaible gave the Colonials four players in double figures with 10 points and game-high four steals, while grad student Brooke Wilson pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points.

Jackson set the tone early, draining a three-pointer on the first possession of the game. The Colonials scored 18 straight points over a four-minute stretch to jump out to a 26-4 lead before Kallie Banker ended the Rams' drought at the 11:30 mark.

The Colonials were hot from long distance in the first half, making six of 10 attempts, including their first five of the game, with three from Jackson and two from Nipe.

Back-to-back jumpers by Jones gave GW a game-high 26-point lead, 34-8, with eight minutes to play in the half, and though the Rams (6-16, 1-8 A-10) chipped away, they never got closer than 16. The Colonials led, 46-27, at halftime.

Jones and Jackson combined to score 19 of GW's first 28 points of the second half and 22 of 37 overall, as the Colonials shot 57.1 percent (16-28) in the period.

Tayra Melendez led URI with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Sydney Lewis, Kallie Banker and Kiara Palmer each had 10.

GW shot 53.4 percent in the game and matched a season-high with eight three-pointers. The Colonials outrebounded the Rams, 39-30 and had 22 assists on 31 made field goals.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they visit league-leading Duquesne at 7 p.m.



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