GW Women's Hoops Edged at Xavier, 65-62
Feb. 27, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier ended the game on a 12-2 run to rally to defeat the George Washington women's basketball team, 65-62, on Wednesday evening at the Cintas Center.
GW (12-15, 6-7 A-10) led, 60-53, with 3:30 to go after a three-pointer by senior Danni Jackson and a pair of free throws by graduate student Tara Booker, but Xavier guard Ashley Wanninger responded with a triple of her own, and the Musketeers sank 7-of-9 free throws the rest of the way.
A layup by Jackson with 37 seconds left made it a three-point game, and senior Shi-Heria Shipp grabbed a steal, but Jackson missed the game-tying three-point attempt. The Colonials fouled guard Shatyra Hawkes on the next possession, and Hawkes missed both ensuing free throws, but senior Megan Nipe's three-point attempt at the buzzer was no good and Xavier held on for the win.
GW got off to a fast start, scoring the first seven points of the game, but Xavier (12-15, 6-7 A-10) rattled off a 21-5 run to take a nine-point lead midway through the first half. The Musketeers extended their advantage to a game-high 13 points with 5:25 to go, but the Colonials ended the period with a 14-4 surge to cut their deficit to just five, 34-29, at the break.
Nipe opened the second half with a quick jumper, and a three-pointer by Jackson on GW's next possession tied the game. The Colonials ultimately used a 16-5 opening run to take a six-point lead, 45-39.
GW maintained its advantage for much of the final 20 minutes, limiting Xavier to just four field goals over the first 16:45 of play before Wanninger's three-pointer began the game-winning run.
Jackson led GW with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and she added five assists. Nipe also made 7-of-15 attempts for 15 points, and Shipp finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. Booker chipped in seven points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Xavier's Jenna Crittendon scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first half, and she added nine rebounds, while Wanninger scored 14 points. Amber Gray notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
The Colonials conclude the regular season on Sunday, when they host Saint Louis at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center. Prior to the game, GW will honor grad students Booker, Sara Mostafa and Brooke Wilson in a Senior Day ceremony.