Women's Hoops Holds off St. Bonaventure for Key Road Win
Cummings (21 points) and upperclassmen power Colonials to second straight win
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - On a snowy Super Bowl Sunday in Western New York, the George Washington women's basketball team needed a goal-line stand to hold off feisty St. Bonaventure for a gritty 63-56 win on Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
GW evens its season record at 11-11 and moves to 6-4 in the Atlantic 10 with its second consecutive victory to open February. The Colonials also remain unbeaten in the second month of the calendar year under second-year head coach Jennifer Rizzotti (9-0).
The game only featured four lead changes but was a battle throughout the duration, especially across the first 20 minutes with neither team assuming a lead of more than four points in the first half. GW was able to carry a three-point lead into halftime.
The Colonials opened an eight-point lead to start the third quarter, using a three-pointer by senior Camila Tapias and a transition layup from senior Brianna Cummings, and stayed ahead to lead by seven with 3:49 to play in the stanza. However, the home team would not go quietly and the Bonnies closed the gap to trail by just three entering the fourth quarter.
St. Bonaventure had an answer for every Colonials' bucket early in the fourth and closed the deficit to just one point on a pair of free throws with 4:35 to play in the fourth.
From that point forward GW turned up the defensive intensity and got key stops down the stretch. One particular sequence was keyed by junior Kelsi Mahoney, who hit a three-pointer, registered a block, hit a layup and then had a deflection that led to a jumper by senior Brianna Cummings over a stretch of two minutes. The jumper by Cummings put GW up six with 1:25 to play and GW protected the lead at the free-throw line to come away with the win.
Four players finished in double figures in a balanced attack that saw the Colonials shoot at a .407 (22-of-54) clip for the game. Cummings was the leader, tallying her fifth 20-point effort of the season with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Mahoney added 12 points with a trio of three-pointers and stuffed the stat sheet with two rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Tapias added 10 points, three rebounds and two assists while senior Kelli Prange chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and two dimes. Junior Mei-Lyn Bautista turned in another strong performance at the point, registering three assists against one turnover to go with seven points and three steals.
GW's defense forced 16 turnovers in the contest which led to 17 points on the other end. The Colonials also did a fine job protecting the ball, finishing with a season-low five giveaways.
GW will look for its longest win streak of the season when it visits George Mason on Wednesday night in a Revolutionary Rivalry rematch. The Colonials knocked off George Mason, 62-52, back on January 7 at the Smith Center.
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