GW Women's Hoops Clinches A-10 Championship Berth with 57-52 Win Over St. Bonaventure
Feb. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior Megan Nipe recorded her first career double-double to lift the George Washington women's basketball team to a 57-52 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. With the victory, the Colonials clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the 31st consecutive season.
GW improves to 12-14 overall and 6-6 in Atlantic 10 play. The Colonials are in sole possession of seventh place in the league standings, one game behind Butler (7-5) and a game ahead of Richmond, Temple and Xavier (5-7) with two to play. One of three teams to qualify for every postseason since the A-10 tournament began in 1983, GW can finish anywhere from sixth to 11th in the conference.
Nipe did it all for GW on Sunday, including conducting a pregame interview with coach Jonathan Tsipis for the national CBS Sports Network telecast. The journalism and mass communication major received the Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship earlier in the week, then scored 10 points and pulled down a game- and career-high 13 rebounds to pace the Colonials against the Bonnies.
Seniors Danni Jackson and Shi-Heria Shipp each tallied 12 points, and graduate student Tara Booker was the fourth Colonials' player in double figures with 11 points to go with seven boards. Sophomore Chakecia Miller also set a new career-best with 10 rebounds, and added six points and a game-high four steals.
St. Bonaventure (9-18, 2-10 A-10) got on the board first when guard CeCe Dixon drained a three-pointer just 47 seconds into the game, but Shipp tallied six straight points to give the Colonials a lead they would never relinquish. Nipe hit a pair of triples in the early going to put GW on top by eight.
Each time the Colonials looked poised to pull away, the Bonnies clawed back. A layup by Shipp at the 5:20 mark gave GW a 26-16 lead, but Dixon hit another three-pointer and St. Bonaventure scored nine of the final 13 points of the half to pull within five, 30-25, at the break.
Dixon made it a three-point game less than a minute into the second period, but the Colonials used a 17-5 run over the next eight minutes to take a game-high 14-point lead with 10:56 left. The Bonnies, however, scored eight straight points to pull back within six before Booker nailed a three to make it 51-42.
St. Bonaventure got as close as four points with 90 seconds remaining but could not get any closer, missing their final four attempts from the floor.
Katie Healy led the Bonnies with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Alaina Walker and Doris Ortega each tallied 12 points.
GW outrebounded St. Bonaventure, 49-35, including 20-11 on the offensive glass which led to a 14-5 margin in second-chance points. The Colonials also committed a season-low 10 turnovers and made the most of the Bonnies' 10 miscues to score 16 points. GW shot 35.8 percent in the game and held St. Bonaventure to 32.1 percent from the floor, including just 3-of-16 from three-point range.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they visit Xavier at 7 p.m. in their final road game of the season.