GW Women's Hoops Edged at Saint Joseph's, 52-49
Feb. 26, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington women's basketball team rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to pull within two in the final minute, but the comeback fell short in a 52-49 loss to Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Hagan Arena.
The Colonials (11-17, 4-10 A-10) will return to Hagan Arena next weekend for the Atlantic 10 Championship, where they will be the No. 10 seed and face No. 7 Duquesne (19-10, 7-7 A-10) on Friday at 5 p.m. The Dukes defeated GW, 76-50, on Jan. 21 in Pittsburgh.
The first half saw six ties and seven lead changes, as both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm early. GW led, 16-15, with 8:32 to play before the Hawks used an 11-0 run to take a 26-16 advantage, holding the Colonials scoreless for nearly seven minutes. Saint Joseph's led, 26-20, at the break.
The Hawks (19-9, 9-5 A-10) held a game-high 11-point lead, 37-26, at the 13:23 mark of the second half before GW tallied six straight points to pull within five two minutes later and force a Saint Joseph's timeout.
The Hawks drained three straight three-pointers to reopen a 10-point lead, 46-36, with 7:42 to play, but GW responded with a 13-5 run, capped by back-to-back triples by senior Tara Booker, that made it a two-point game, 51-49, with 41 seconds remaining.
The Colonials fouled SJU guard Erin Shields, who missed the front end of a one-and-one, and senior Tiana Myers came down with the rebound with 17 seconds left, but GW committed a costly turnover with five seconds to go, and Saint Joseph's held on for the win.
Booker posted her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while junior Danni Jackson tallied 12 points and three assists. Junior forward Brooke Wilson came up big on the defensive end, recording five steals and six rebounds to go along with her six points.
SJU forward Kelly Cavallo led the Hawks with 12 points, while guard Katie Kuester added 11.
After shooting just 28.6 percent in the first half, the Colonials drastically improved in the second, as they connected on 42.9 percent of their shots and finishing at 35.7 percent for the game. GW held Saint Joseph's - one of the top offenses in the A-10 - to just 52 points and 37.7 percent shooting, well below its season averages of 66.1 points per game and 42.3 percent from the field.
In addition, the Colonials overcame a six-rebound disadvantage in the first half to outrebound the Hawks, 37-36, for the game.