GW Women's Hoops Concludes Regular Season with 68-55 Win Over Saint Louis
Colonials Earn No. 8 Seed in Atlantic 10 Championship
March 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team shot 63 percent in the first half to take a 19-point halftime lead and held off a Saint Louis rally to defeat the Billikens, 68-55, in the regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW (13-15, 7-7 A-10) finishes the season tied with Xavier for seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings. Because the Musketeers defeated the Colonials last week, GW will be the No. 8 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship and will face No. 9 Richmond in the first round on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The Colonials defeated the Spiders, 57-54, on Feb. 6 at the Smith Center.
Senior Megan Nipe scored a career-high 20 points, with 16 coming in the first half alone. She made her first eight shots and finished 9-of-14 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from three-point range. Senior Danni Jackson netted 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added six rebounds and four assists.
Graduate student Sara Mostafa tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, and senior Shi-Heria Shipp finished a rebound shy of her second double-double of the season with 10 points and nine boards.
Saint Louis (11-18, 5-9 A-10) scored the first two points of the game, but a layup by Nipe at the 18:19 mark ignited a 19-4 run that gave GW control of the game. Nipe scored 12 points during the surge, draining both of her three-pointers.
A triple by Saint Louis guard Jacy Bradley pulled the Billikens within 10 before the Colonials used another 8-1 surge, capped by a fastbreak layup by Shipp, to go up by 17 and Jackson banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give GW a 42-23 lead at the break. It was the Colonials' second-largest halftime lead of the season.
GW took a game-high 23-point advantage, 46-23, 1:55 into the second stanza, but Saint Louis scored 13 in a row during a 21-5 run to pull back within seven midway through the half.
Mostafa responded with five straight on back-to-back layups and a free throw to curb the Billikens' rally. Another three-pointer by Bradley made it 56-49, but Saint Louis would get no closer as GW regained a double-digit lead on another layup by Mostafa and four straight points by sophomore Chakecia Miller.
Bradley led the Billikens with 17 points on 4-of-7 from long distance, while Lorreal Jones added 14 points.
After making 17-of-27 shots in the first half, the Colonials cooled in the second but finished at 48.3 percent for the game. Saint Louis connected on just 7-of-30 attempts (23.3 percent) in the first, but made nearly 52 percent in the second period to finish at 36.8 percent in the contest.
GW dominated inside, outrebounding Saint Louis, 43-30, and holding a 40-22 advantage in the paint.
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