GW Storms Back to Down St. Bonaventure, 66-60
Parrish, Lavender, Jessica Adair Combine for 54 Points
Feb. 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - Seniors Antelia Parrish, Yolanda Lavender and Jessica Adair combined for 54 points as George Washington overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat St. Bonaventure, 66-60, in a key Atlantic 10 Conference matchup at Charles E. Smith Center Saturday afternoon.
Parrish paced GW (17-10, 9-3 A-10) with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Lavender matched her season-high 19 points for the second straight game and Jessica Adair posted her third double-double in the last five games with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Colonials, who avenged last season's upset loss to the Bonnies and remained in a tie for third place in the A-10 standings along with Temple.
GW visits Charlotte (19-7, 10-2 A-10) Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The Colonials trail the second place 49ers by one game in the A-10 standings.
St. Bonaventure (19-8, 8-4 A-10) led 35-17 with 4:50 to play in the first half, but GW scored nine consecutive points to end the period and used an 11-0 run with less than eight minutes to regain a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Trailing 35-26 at the half, the Colonials steadily cut into the Bonnies lead behind Jessica Adair and a resurgent Parrish, who entered Saturday's game averaging 6.4 points in her last five games. The duo scored 18 of the team's first 20 points of the second half as GW twice pulled within a possession of the lead before its momentum-swinging 11-point surge.
Katelyn Murray scored two of her game-high 23 points to put SBU back up four, 50-46, with 7:17 to play. Lavender answered with a 25-foot three-pointer at the end of the shot clock and Parrish hit a jumper the next possession to give GW its first lead, 51-50, since the 18:07 mark of the first half.
The Colonials extended the rally with three-point plays from Jazmine Adair and Tara Booker and Parrish's second three-pointer of the game to grab a 60-52 advantage with 4:38 left. Armelia Horton converted a three-point play and Dana Mitchell made two free throws as the Bonnies clawed back to 60-57. Lavender hit a pair at the line, but Murray nailed her fourth 3-pointer to make it 62-60 with 17 seconds remaining.
Lavender iced the game with four more foul shots and a defensive rebound to keep GW perfect at home (16-0) against SBU.
Parrish, Lavender and Adair combined to shoot 19-of-31 from the field (61.3 percent), while the rest of the team shot just 4-of-25 (16.0 percent). Sophomore Ivy Abiona added six rebounds and junior Stefani Munro equaled a career-high six assists to provide a boost off the bench.
St. Bonaventure made 11 of its first 24 shots to build its 18-point edge, but finished 9-of-37 from the floor as GW increased its defensive pressure the final 25 minutes.
Mitchell shot 4-of-16 and finished with 12 points, while Horton chipped in 10 off the bench for the Bonnies, who lost their second straight.