Women's Hoops Downs Saint Louis in Rematch, 71-58
Luma double-doubles (14p/14r) as GW wins for the fifth time in last six outings
ST. LOUIS - Freshman Neila Luma tallied a monster double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as the George Washington women's basketball team exacted revenge in a thorough 71-58 win over Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.
The teams entered Saturday's game tied in the Atlantic 10 standings but the Colonials were playing with the first meeting on their minds after the Billikens erased a fourth-quarter deficit and stunned GW on its home floor on an overtime buzzer beater on January 27th.
The rematch was all GW as a balanced effort featured four double-figure scorers as the Colonials assisted on 16-of-23 made field goals. Luma's career-high 14 rebounds and her 14 points led GW to a 34-28 scoring advantage in the paint while GW's pesky defense forced 12 turnovers, converting 14 points off of the Billiken miscues.
GW opened the game on a 6-2 run before Saint Louis used a pair of three-pointers to to pull ahead by two points. The Billikens stayed out in front for the rest of the quarter to hold a 15-10 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Colonials shot the lights out in the second quarter, connecting on 10-of-13 field goals with five different players recording points. A 13-0 run to start the quarter eventually became an 18-3 advantage and the visitors cruised into halftime with a 35-23 lead after limiting Saint Louis to just eight points in the frame.
Saint Louis outscored GW, 17-14, in the third quarter but GW's big lead held up the for the duration of the stanza. The Billikens were able to pull within five points of the lead in the opening moments of the fourth quarter, but consecutive layups from senior Brianna Cummings and junior Mei-Lyn Bautista pushed the lead back to nine points moments later.
GW outrebounded Saint Louis, 15-4, in the fourth quarter with seven offensive rebounds. The Colonials also went 13-of-15 from the free-throw line down the stretch to ensure the lead was never in doubt. Bautista led the way with nine points in the fourth while Cummings chipped in eight points.
Cummings hit 6-of-12 field goals in the game and all four free throws to finish with 16 points. Also finishing in double figures were Bautista (15 points) and senior Kelli Prange (12 points).
Junior Kelsi Mahoney only hit one field goal, a third-quarter three-pointer, but again impacted the game elsewhere by finishing with a career-high six assists along with two rebounds and a steal. Senior Camila Tapias contributed seven points, including a clutch pull-up jumper with two minutes left in the fourth quarter that put the Colonials ahead by eight.
GW improves to 14-12 overall and 9-5 in the Atlantic 10 heading into Tuesday's game at Saint Joseph's. The Hawks are also 9-5 in the conference after Sunday's win over La Salle.
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