GW Women's Hoops Suffers 68-56 Loss at Charlotte
Feb. 17, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The George Washington women's basketball team fell to Charlotte, 68-56, on Sunday afternoon in Atlantic 10 action at the 49ers' Halton Arena.
Both teams struggled offensively to start the first half, combining to make just four of the first 24 field goal attempts in the game. GW (11-14, 5-6 A-10) went without a field goal for more than 10 minutes as Charlotte (20-4, 9-1 A-10) opened an 11-3 lead.
The 49ers, who average just 11.1 turnovers per game, committed nine miscues in the first half, allowing the Colonials to stay close. A three-pointer by freshman Aaliyah Brown at the 7:21 mark made it a four-point game before Charlotte led, 23-17, at halftime.
GW came out strong to start the second period, making its first three shots of the half to pull within two, 25-23, and force a Charlotte timeout. A three-pointer by senior Danni Jackson made it 30-27 with 17:07 to go, but a fastbreak layup by Jai Forney on the next possession sparked a 20-4 run for the 49ers over the next 10:11 that gave them a game-high 18-point lead. Charlotte held GW without a field goal for seven minutes during the surge, and the Colonials could not get closer to 12 the rest of the way.
Jackson led three Colonials in double figures with 12 points and three steals, while senior Megan Nipe and freshman Alexis Chandler added 10 points apiece. Senior Shi-Heria Shipp tallied eight points and eight rebounds, with six boards coming on the offensive glass, and graduate student Tara Booker pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Charlotte forwards Jennifer Hailey and Amanda Dowe each notched double-doubles for the 49ers. Hailey tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds to go with five blocks, while Dowe posted 15 points and 17 boards. Forney added 13 points and three assists, while Hillary Sigmon gave the 49ers four players in double figures with 10 points.
After shooting just 22.2 percent in the first half, GW made 40.6 percent of its shots in the second and finished at 32.2 percent in the game. Charlotte, however, shot 48.3 percent from the floor in the second period and finished at 40.7 percent for the contest.
Charlotte outrebounded GW, 48-39, to snap the Colonials' six-game streak of winning the battle of the boards. The 49ers pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, which led to 22 second-chance points.
The Colonials now have a week off before hosting defending Atlantic 10 regular-season champion St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.