GW Women's Hoops Drops Heartbreaker to Rutgers, 56-52
Scarlet Knights End Game on 8-2 Run to Edge Colonials
Nov. 14, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - In a game that saw eight ties and 11 lead changes, host Rutgers ended up on top by defeating the George Washington women's basketball team, 56-52, on Wednesday evening at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
GW (1-1) took an early 7-2 advantage and maintained a lead for much of the first half until a 7-0 Rutgers run put the home team ahead, 13-9, with 8:29 to go in the period. The Scarlet Knights (1-1) took a game-high seven-point lead, 24-17, with 1:50 left in the half, but the Colonials scored the final three points of the period and Rutgers led, 24-20, at the break.
After a quick layup by Syessence Davis gave the Scarlet Knights a 26-20 advantage, GW scored nine of the game's next 11 points to go back on top, 29-28, five minutes into the second stanza. Rutgers regained a brief lead on a jumper by Monique Oliver, but GW senior Shi-Heria Shipp scored the Colonials' next eight points, and a three-pointer by senior Megan Nipe capped an 18-6 run that gave the visitors their largest lead of the game, 38-32, with 12:30 to play.
The Scarlet Knights responded with a 10-0 spurt of their own to go back up by four, 42-38, less than two minutes later before the Colonials scored nine straight to take a 47-42 advantage at the 5:24 mark. The back-and-forth runs continued, as Rutgers tallied seven straight points for a 48-47 lead.
Senior Danni Jackson sank a pair of free throws, and graduate student Brooke Wilson made one of two foul shots to give GW its final lead of the game, 50-48, with 3:42 remaining. Oliver and Erica Wheeler answered with four foul shots, but senior Megan Nipe nailed a jumper to knot the score at 52-52 with 1:41 to go.
However, Oliver hit a jumper of her own at the 1:17 mark to give Rutgers the lead for good. After a missed layup and a turnover, GW was forced to foul in the waning seconds, and a pair of Wheeler free throws sealed the 56-52 victory for the host Scarlet Knights.
Every Colonials player to see the court scored at least two points, led by Jackson and graduate student Sara Mostafa, who tallied 10 apiece.
Oliver posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Scarlet Knights.
GW shot 48.1 percent from the floor in the second half and finished at 40.4 percent for the game while holding Rutgers to just 34.7 percent from the field, including 0-for-8 from three-point range. The Scarlet Knights outrebounded the Colonials, 41-30.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host William & Mary at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.
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