GW Loses Regular-Season Finale to Temple, 59-49
Colonials Fall to Fifth-Seed for Upcoming A-10 Championship
March 1, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Antelia Parrish scored 13 points and senior Jessica Adair and freshman Tara Booker added 12 apiece, but George Washington struggled with its worst shooting performance of the season in a 59-49 loss to Temple in both teams' regular-season finale at Charles E. Smith Center Sunday.
With the loss, GW (17-12, 9-5 A-10) will be the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship, hosted at Charlotte's Halton Arena March 6-9. The Colonials will face 12th-seeded Rhode Island in the first round Friday, March 6, at 2:30 pm. The winner will advance to a quarterfinal match-up against No. 4 seed Richmond Saturday at 2:30 pm.
Despite shooting a season-low 26.2 percent (16-of-61) from the field, GW managed to close within two points of Temple at 46-44 on a half-court bounce pass from senior Yolanda Lavender to a wide open Jessica Adair with 4:29 remaining. Adair's basket capped a 14-5 run after the Colonials faced their largest deficit of the game at 41-30 with 11:53 left.
Shenita Landry hit a short-corner jumper with 4:06 to play and Kristen McCarthy knocked down a three-pointer following a Colonials' turnover out of the under 4 media timeout to help the Owls open their lead back to seven, 51-44, and clinch the No. 2 seed for the A-10 Championship. Landry and McCarthy each scored a game-high 15 points, while LaKeisha Eaddy finished with 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Jessica Adair and Booker added eight and seven rebounds, respectively, to go along with 12 points. Lavender dished out a team-high five assists, but finished 0-for-11 from the field.
Temple (20-8, 11-3 A-10) got the better of the physical affair, outrebounding GW, 43-38, and holding a 24-14 edge in points in the paint. The Owls shot 37.0 percent (20-of-54) from the floor.
The Colonials led 3-0 early, but the Owls scored 10 straight points and led 10-3 after six minutes. Parrish connected on the first of her three 3-pointers to put GW ahead, 18-17, with 7:33 left in the first half, followed by an Ivy Abiona jumper to make it 20-17 at the 6:52 mark. Temple regained the lead for good on an Eaddy layup and scored the final seven points of the period to lead 30-23 at the break.
GW seniors Jessica and Jazmine Adair, Jamila Bates, Parrish and Lavender were honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to their final game at Smith Center. The Colonials have won 95 games and appeared in three NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances, the past four seasons.
Jessica Adair ranks 11th all-time at GW with 1,433 career points and eighth with 754 career rebounds. Parrish is 11th in school-history with 97 three-point field goals in 57 career games.