GW Women's Hoops Runs Past Young Harris, 86-54, in Exhibition

Megan Nipe scored 29 points against Young Harris.

Nov. 3, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Graduate student Megan Nipe scored 29 points and freshman Hannah Schaible added 18 as the George Washington women's basketball team routed Young Harris, 86-54, in an exhibition on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Nipe's 29 points came in just 27 minutes of action, as she shot 9-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from three-point range and 7-of-9 from the foul line. Schaible was 7-of-9 from the field with a pair of three-pointers, and she added five assists and five steals in her unofficial collegiate debut.

Grad student Danni Jackson tallied 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while freshman Caira Washington pulled down a game-high 16 boards. In her first game since suffering a season-ending knee injury last fall, grad student Brooke Wilson approached a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.

Nipe scored 10 points in the first four minutes of action as the Colonials made nine of their first 11 shots and raced out to a 19-5 lead, and the Mountain Lions would not get closer than 10 the rest of the way. GW held Young Harris to just one field goal over the final seven minutes of the first half, ending the period on a 13-3 run to take a 50-26 halftime advantage. Nipe had 19 points at the break.

After scoring nine points in the first half, Schaible came out on fire in the second, doubling her scoring total in the first six minutes. Wilson scored six of her eight points in that span, as well, as the Colonials scored the first 12 points of the period and used a 23-7 run to take a 73-33 lead at the 13:06 mark.

Young Harris mounted a rally, scoring nine straight points over the next 3:38, but a layup by Jackson and back-to-back threes by Nipe ignited an 11-2 run that put the Colonials back up by 40 with under five minutes to play.

GW's lead reached 40 a third time, 86-46, on a layup by junior Chakecia Miller with 3:17 left before the Mountain Lions scored the final eight points of the game.

The Colonials made 17 steals in forcing 28 Young Harris turnovers, scoring 29 points off the Mountain Lions' miscues. In addition, GW's up-tempo offense led to 15 fast-break points.

GW shot 42 percent (29-69) in the game while holding Young Harris to just 32.8 percent (19-58) from the floor, including 1-for-8 from long distance and 29.4 percent (10-for-34) in the second half. The Colonials also held a 51-40 rebounding advantage.

Preseason All-Peach Belt Conference selection Ladondra Johnson led the Mountain Lions with 15 points and seven rebounds. Lauren Smith also reached double figures for YHC with 10 points.

The Colonials open the 2013-14 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 9, when they welcome Jackson State to the Smith Center for a 2 p.m. tipoff.



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