GW Women's Hoops Falls to Richmond, 63-51
Tara Booker Leads Colonials with 14 Points
Feb. 11, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team could not overcome a torrid first half by Atlantic 10 Conference rival Richmond in a 63-51 loss at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday in the annual Play 4Kay game to increase breast cancer awareness.
The Spiders (19-5, 7-3 A-10) made their first 10 shots of the game and jumped out to a 20-6 lead at the 13:13 mark, but the Colonials sliced their deficit to six, 24-18, by forcing eight turnovers in the first 8:33 of action.
Richmond shot 71.4 percent (15-for-21) for the first 17 minutes of the game and finished at 57.1 percent for the half while taking a 39-26 lead at the break.
Three straight Richmond 3-pointers midway through the second stanza capped an 18-8 opening run that saw the Spiders take a game-high 23-point advantage, 57-34. The Colonials fought back with a 13-2 run that pulled them within 12 points, 59-47, with 6:21 remaining, but they could get no closer.
Senior Tara Booker led GW (11-13, 4-6 A-10) with 14 points, while freshman Chakecia Miller and junior Megan Nipe added 10 apiece. Richmond guard Rachael Bilney led four Spiders in double figures with 15 points, while guard Becca Wann recorded 12 points and eight rebounds.
Richmond held a 39-25 rebounding advantage, including 14-6 on the offensive glass.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they visit A-10 rival Temple for a noon tipoff.