GW Women's Hoops Upends No. 21 Dayton, 88-79, for 20th Win on Senior Day
Colonials Finish Regular Season Tied for Second in A-10 Standings
March 1, 2014
WASHINGTON - Three Colonials had double-doubles as the George Washington women's basketball team knocked off No. 21 Dayton, 88-79, to pick up its 20th win in the regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW improves to 20-9 overall and 11-5 in Atlantic 10 play, marking the first time the Colonials have won 20 games since 2007-08 when they advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. GW finishes the regular season tied for second in the A-10 standings, clinching a first-round bye in next week's Atlantic 10 Championship. The Colonials will learn their seed and quarterfinal opponent following the conclusion of Sunday's Saint Joseph's/Fordham game.
The Colonials defeated their second nationally ranked opponent of the season after taking out No. 10/11 California on Nov. 15 - the first time GW has beaten two top-25 teams since 2007-08. In addition, the Colonials snapped Dayton's nine-game winning streak with their first victory over the Flyers (21-6, 14-2 A-10) since 2009.
Playing at home for the final time, graduate student Danni Jackson posted her third career double-double with 17 points and 12 assists and grad student Megan Nipe poured in 18 points on four 3-pointers and added six rebounds. Sophomore Jonquel Jones posted her third straight double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman Caira Washington added 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 12 rebounds to give the Colonials three players with double-doubles for the second time this season.
In a battle of the top two rebounding teams in the Atlantic 10, GW boasted a 49-34 advantage on the boards, including 19-12 on the offensive glass.
GW, which shot 48 percent in the game, jumped out to a 7-2 lead after two minutes of play, and the teams traded baskets for the next six minutes until a pair of free throws by Jackson and a three pointer by Nipe sparked a 12-0 run, capped by another Nipe three, that gave the Colonials a game-high 14-point lead, 32-18, with 6:35 left in the first half. The Flyers, however, rallied with eight of the final 10 points of the half to cut their deficit to four, 41-37, at the break. Nipe scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half, including all four triples.
Following a back-and-forth start to the second half, Dayton used a 10-4 run, including back-to-back three-pointers by Celeste Edwards and Andrea Hoover, to take its first lead of the game, 56-53, at the 12:53 mark, but GW responded with six straight points to go back on top for good.
The teams again traded baskets for three minutes, and a three pointer by Dayton's Ally Malott had the Flyers within one, 66-65, with 6:33 remaining, but GW took control of the game with a 9-2 run to go up by eight with 4:12 left, and the Colonials made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the 88-79 win over the A-10 regular-season champions.
Washington, who spent much of the first half on the bench with two fouls, posted a double-double in the second half alone with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jones scored 16 of her 22 points in the second period.
Edwards led four Flyers in double figures with 22 points, while Hoover had 16 points and four assists. Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova tallied 15 points off the bench and Malott added 13.