GW Women's Hoops Pulls Away from La Salle for 74-57 Win
Five Colonials Score in Double Figures for Second Time This Season
Feb. 3, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Five Colonials scored in double figures for the second time this season and the George Washington women's basketball team used a big second half to pull away from Atlantic 10 rival La Salle for a 74-57 win on Sunday afternoon at the Explorers' Tom Gola Arena.
GW (9-12, 3-4 A-10) scored 49 points in the second half, its second-highest total in a period this season after tallying 53 in the second half of the opener against UT Arlington. The Colonials shot 51.4 percent in the period and outscored the Explorers, 49-36.
Graduate student Tara Booker scored all of her team-high 13 points in the second half as she made 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the period, and added seven rebounds. Classmate Sara Mostafa posted her second double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 boards, while senior Danni Jackson and sophomore Chakecia Miller each tallied 11 points and seven assists. Senior Shi-Heria Shipp was the fifth Colonials' player in double figures with 12 points.
La Salle (7-14, 3-3 A-10) led for much of the first half, but the Colonials took the lead for good on a jumper by Miller with 3:59 to go. GW extended its lead to six, 25-19, with seven straight points before Explorers guard Shanel Harrison hit a jumper with four seconds left to make it 25-21 at halftime.
La Salle stayed close for nearly 10 minutes in the second stanza and trailed by just three, 40-37, before back-to-back three-pointers by Booker sparked a decisive 22-4 run that gave GW a game-high 21-point lead, 62-41, with 5:12 left.
The margin remained around 20 for the rest of the game, but Mosley hit a three-pointer with eight seconds left to cut it to 17 and account for the 74-57 final score.
Ebonee Jones led the Explorers with 21 points, four assists and three steals. Harrison added 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds, and Mosley tallied 10 points.
The Colonials shot 47.5 percent in the game while holding the Explorers to 32.8 percent from the floor, including 2-for-14 from three-point range. GW also outrebounded La Salle, 41-37, and dominated inside, outscoring the Explorers, 40-22, in the paint.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host Atlantic 10 rival Richmond at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.