GW Women's Hoops Ends with 74-49 Loss to #11 Dayton in A-10 Quarterfinals
March 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington women's basketball team saw its season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday afternoon with a 74-49 loss to top-seeded and 11th-ranked Dayton at the Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University.
GW finishes the season with a 14-16 record, posting its most wins since 2009.
While the Colonials struggled with their shooting in the first half, making just 8-of-32 field goal attempts, they were able to keep the game close in the first seven minutes by draining 5-of-6 free throws.
The game was tied, 11-11, at the 15:21 mark after a pair of foul shots by senior Megan Nipe, but a three-pointer by Dayton guard Samantha MacKay sparked a 12-0 run that gave the Flyers control of the game. A layup by freshman Anjaleace White with 9:41 to go ended GW's scoring drought, but the Colonials were never able to get closer than nine the rest of the way, as Dayton (27-1) shot 60 percent in the period and ended the half with a 15-2 run to take a 43-21 lead at the break.
Senior Danni Jackson began the period with a quick bucket on the opening possession, but the 20-point margin was as close as GW would get in the half.
A 14-3 Dayton run over a 6:12 stretch late in the game gave the Flyers their largest lead, 74-43, but the Colonials scored the final six points of the contest for the 74-49 final.
In her final game in the Buff and Blue, graduate student Tara Booker led GW with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. She finishes her career ranked 19th all-time at GW with 1,180 points and sixth with 814 rebounds.
Andrea Hoover led Dayton with 15 points and nine rebounds. Kelley Austria tallied 13 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting off the bench, and MacKay added 12 points and five assists.
The Colonials out-rebounded the Flyers, 39-34, including 16-10 on the offensive glass.