GW Women's Hoops Stuns #10/11 Cal, 75-72
Megan Nipe Pours in Career-High 31 Points
Nov. 15, 2013
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.
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.