GW Women's Hoops Stuns #10/11 Cal, 75-72

Megan Nipe is the first Colonial with 30 points in a game since 2004.

Nov. 15, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Graduate student Megan Nipe scored a career-high 31 points and grad student Danni Jackson added 14, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 3:11 left, as the George Washington women's basketball team upset No. 10/11 California, 75-72, on Friday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.

GW (2-0) defeated a nationally ranked team for the first time since knocking off No. 10/8 California in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. In addition, it was the Colonials' first win over a top-25 opponent at the Smith Center since beating No. 10 Texas A&M on Dec. 20, 2007.

Nipe is the first GW player to top 30 points since Cathy Joens scored 32 on Feb. 20, 2004. Nipe made 11-of-20 field goals, including 4-of-9 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the foul line, and she added seven rebounds.

Freshman Caira Washington recorded 12 points and eight rebounds, and junior Chakecia Miller added 10 points and six assists. Grad student Brooke Wilson pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

GW led by as many as six points in the first half as back-to-back three pointers by Jackson and Nipe broke a 9-9 tie, but California (1-2) rallied to tie the game at 21 with nine minutes remaining. After GW regained a brief lead, the Golden Bears ended the half on a 19-9 run to take a 41-34 lead at the break.

GW opened the second half with a 9-2 run, tying the game at 43 on a three pointer by Nipe at the 16:24 mark and taking the lead 2:24 later on a pair of free throws by Miller.

Leading by one with 9:06 to go, the Colonials scored seven straight points to take a game-high eight-point lead, 61-53, at the 7:42 mark, but a three-pointer by Cal's Mikayla Lyles sparked a 14-5 run for the Golden Bears that gave the visitors a 67-66 advantage with 4:08 left.

After misses on each team's next possessions, Jackson drained what proved to be the game-clinching three pointer, giving GW a 69-67 lead which they would not relinquish. After the Colonials stretched the lead to four, a three-point play by Reshanda Gray pulled Cal within a point with 1:02 to go, but the Golden Bears did not score again and the Colonials held on for the thrilling 75-72 victory.

Gray led Cal with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and added eight rebounds, while Brittany Boyd posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 boards. Courtney Range recorded a game-high 14 rebounds.

Each team shot just over 39 percent from the floor, and Cal outrebounded GW, 50-39. However, the Colonials committed just 10 turnovers in the game, with only three coming in the second half when they outscored the Golden Bears, 41-31.

The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they hit the road for the first time this season to take on their second straight top-10 team in No. 8 Maryland. Tipoff from Comcast Center is set for 7 p.m.



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