GW Women's Hoops Blows by Butler, 77-60
Feb. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team shot 65 percent in the second half en route to a 77-60 rout of Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler in the first-ever meeting between the two teams on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW won its third straight game and earned its fifth victory in the last seven contests to improve to 11-12 overall and 5-4 in A-10 play.
Sophomore Chakecia Miller led four Colonials in double figures with 18 points, with all but four coming in the second half, and added four assists and three steals. Graduate student Tara Booker posted her first double-double of the season and the 11th of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with three steals and three assists. She was 5-of-8 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from three-point range.
Grad student Sara Mostafa tallied 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added six rebounds and two blocks, while senior Danni Jackson recorded 10 points and six assists. In addition, senior Shi-Heria Shipp pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out six assists while also snaring three steals.
The Colonials jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two and a half minutes of play, but Butler (14-9, 5-3 A-10) used a 15-4 run over the next five minutes to go up 16-11.
GW was hot from beyond the arc in the first half, making 6-of-12 three-point attempts. Consecutive triples from freshman Aailyah Brown and Booker regained a lead at the 8:20 mark, and after the Bulldogs went back ahead late in the period, Jackson drained consecutive three-pointers to give the Colonials the lead for good with 2:26 left before the break. GW ended the half with a 10-2 run and led, 34-28, at the intermission.
The Colonials started the second stanza on fire, making nine of their first 10 shots and using a 12-2 run to go up by 18 points, 56-38, at the 12:31 mark, and Butler was never able to get closer than 14 the rest of the way. A pair of free throws by Miller with four minutes left gave GW a game-high 20-point lead. GW held Butler to just two field goals over the final six minutes of play, with the Bulldogs managing just 5-of-6 free throws in that span.
Daress McClung led Butler with 17 points, while Hannah Douglas added 13 points and four steals.
The Colonials dominated the boards, outrebounding the Bulldogs, 45-23, including 18-8 on the offensive glass, for their largest advantage of the season. GW also dished out a season-high 23 assists on 30 made field goals.
GW shot 48.4 percent from the floor, including 65.4 percent in the second half, and made 8-of-14 three-point attempts in the game (57.1 percent).
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they visit A-10 rival Fordham for a 12 p.m. tipoff.