Lawrence's Heroics Propel GW Into Sweet 16 With 55-53 Victory Over Cal
March 24, 2008
STANFORD, CA - Senior Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored four points in the last 12 seconds, including the game-winning putback as time expired, to send sixth-seeded GW to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season with a 55-53 victory over No. 3-seed Cal at Maples Pavilion Monday night.
It marks GW's (27-6) fourth trip to the Sweet 16 all-time with appearances in 1995, 1997 and 2007. The Colonials reached the Elite Eight in 1997. GW will face either second-seeded Rutgers or seventh-seeded Iowa State in the Greensboro regional semifinal Sunday at a time to be determined.
GW trailed by seven with four minutes left and by six, 53-47, with 3:19 remaining, but finished the game on an 8-0 run to score the impromptu come-from-behind victory.
Allen got free underneath for a layup with 3:01 left to cut the deficit to four, followed by a pair of free throws from Jessica Adair with 1:50 remaining to close to within two at 53-51. Cal missed its next two shots, with Parrish rebounding the latter and finding Lawrence, who drove the length of the court and slashed down the lane to tie the game at 53-53 with 12 seconds to play.
Cal's (27-7) Natasha Vital was whistled for a traveling violation near the Golden Bears' bench with six seconds to go. GW elected not to call timeout and senior Kimberly Beck drove the right wing and hoisted a one-handed shot the went long, but Lawrence followed the shot on the weak side and beat the buzzer to send the Colonials to Greensboro.