GW Women's Hoops Cruises to 101-73 Win Over Jackson State in Opener
Colonials Top 100 Points for First Time Since 2000
Nov. 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - Five players scored in double figures as the George Washington women's basketball team exploded for 101 points in a 101-73 victory over Jackson State in the 2013-14 season opener on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW topped 100 points for the first time since a 100-57 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 17, 2000, and the 101 points were the most the Colonials have scored in a game since a 111-61 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 28, 1999.
Graduate student Megan Nipe led the Colonials with 20 points, and freshman Hannah Schaible totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in her collegiate debut. Rookies Shannon Cranshaw and Caira Washington scored 13 points apiece in their first games, as Cranshaw made three 3-pointers and dished out a team-high five assists while Washington pulled down eight boards.
Grad student Danni Jackson rounded out the double-figure scorers for GW with 12 points to go with three assists and five steals. In addition, grad student Brooke Wilson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points in her first official game since tearing her ACL nearly a year ago.
GW (1-0) was hot out of the gates, jumping out to a 23-7 lead after seven minutes of play behind nine points from Nipe. The Lady Tigers chipped away and pulled within single digits three times, but never got closer than eight, and an 11-4 GW run to end the half - capped by a jumper by Jackson just before the buzzer - gave the Colonials a 52-37 advantage at the break.
GW scored 10 straight points early in the second half and extended its run to 25-8 to take a 79-51 lead midway through the period. Junior Chakecia Miller scored all eight of her points during the spurt.
The Colonials' lead peaked at 33 on a pair of free throws by Nipe to make it 86-53 with 8:04 remaining before Jackson State used a 14-3 stretch over the next four minutes to cut its deficit to 21. GW, however, reached 90 points for the first time since the 2009 WNIT on a layup by Schaible with 3:24 to go, then broke 100 with 10 seconds left on a layup by sophomore Alexis Chandler.
GW recorded 16 steals in the game and scored 35 points off the Tigers' 31 turnovers. The Colonials shot 45.6 percent (36-79) for the game while holding Jackson State to 38.2 percent (26-68). Rebounds were even at 48 apiece.
Dominique Brothern and Ayanna Hardy-Fuller each scored 12 points to lead the Lady Tigers, and Ke'ra St. John added 11 points and six rebounds.
The Colonials return to action on Friday when they host No. 9 California at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.