GW Women's Hoops Cruises Past VCU, 80-62

Jonquel Jones posted her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Feb. 13, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team used a 22-0 run in the first half to cruise to an 80-62 win over Atlantic 10 rival VCU on Thursday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Colonials improve to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in Atlantic 10 play. GW's 17 wins and eight A-10 victories are its most since 2008-09.

Sophomore Jonquel Jones posted her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and a career high-tying 17 rebounds. She made 8-of-16 field goal attempts and added four assists. Jones' frontcourt teammate, freshman Caira Washington, notched her team-best eighth double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with four blocks. She was 7-of-9 from the floor and improves to a sizzling 24-for-30 (80 percent) over her last three games.

Graduate student Megan Nipe scored a game-high 19 points and matched her career best with five three-pointers in nine attempts. Junior Chakecia Miller was the fourth Colonial in double figures with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and five assists.

Trailing 19-10 after a three-pointer by VCU's Jessica Pellechio at the 13:17 mark, GW surged ahead with a 25-2 run over the next 7:20, including 22 straight points, to go up 35-21. The Colonials made four three-pointers during that stretch with three from Nipe. GW led 42-28 at halftime.

An 18-3 run to start the second half, capped by another three from Nipe, gave the Colonials a game-high 29-point lead, 60-31, with 13:33 remaining, and GW maintained an advantage of at least 20 points for nearly the rest of the game until the Rams hit a pair of triples in the final minute to account for the 18-point final margin, 80-62.

The Colonials made a season-high nine three-pointers, as sophomore Aaliyah Brown drained two in the second half and freshman Hannah Schaible and grad student Danni Jackson each had one to go with Nipe's five. GW shot 47.1 percent from the floor in the game, including 45 percent from long distance.

GW outrebounded VCU, 52-32, and used 14 offensive rebounds to outscore the Rams, 12-0, on second-chance points. The Colonials held VCU to 34.8 percent shooting, including just 25.6 percent in the first half.

Isis Thorpe led VCU with 14 points, while Robyn Parks posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. However, the Colonials limited Parks - the A-10's leading scorer at 22.7 points per game - to just 4-for-21 shooting and two points in the first half. Her 13 points matched her second-lowest output of the season. Keira Robinson added 12 points and six assists for the Rams.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Massachusetts at 11 a.m. in the first game of a GW hoops doubleheader, as the Colonials' men's team will face the Minutemen at 2 p.m.



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