Solid First Half Helps GW Coast by Coppin State, 63-42

Nov. 18, 2010

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Recap: GW vs. Coppin State 11/18/10

WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Kye Allums led all players with 12 points and three other Colonials chipped in 11 points apiece as the George Washington women's basketball team rolled to a 24-point halftime lead en route to a 63-42 victory over Coppin State at Charles E. Smith Center Thursday night.

Allums's 12 points and seven rebounds came in just 15 minutes, while juniors Tara Booker and Tiana Myers and sophomore Megan Nipe all finished with 11 points to guide GW (1-2) to its first win of the season and its fourth victory over CSU in the last five years.



GW shot 48.5 percent in the first half, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc, and limited Coppin State (1-2) to 22.2 percent to build a comfortable cushion in its first home game of the season.

Freshman Danni Jackson scored 57 seconds into the contest for a 2-0 lead and the Colonials didn't trail the rest of the night.

The Colonials built their early advantage on full-court defensive pressure and the playmaking ability of Jackson. After scoring the opening basket, Jackson assisted three of the team's next six field goals as the Colonials jumped ahead 17-5 and forced Eagles head coach Derek Brown to burn two 30-second timeouts before the first media stoppage.

GW then turned to the perimeter as Booker hit back-to-back three-pointers and Myers added a third to push the margin above 20 points, 29-8, at the 9:13 mark. Allums provided a spark off the bench, pumping in seven points in a span of 2:27 late in the period to make it 36-14. Jackson capped the half with an assist on Nipe's baseline jumper at the horn to give the Colonials a 41-17 advantage at the break.

The Colonials did struggle over the final 20 minutes, managing just 5-for-25 shooting in the second half to finish at 36.2 percent for the game. GW's defense proved too much though, as it held Coppin State to a meager 24.2 percent shooting and blocked nine shots, including a career-high five for redshirt senior Ivy Abiona.

GW's lead never dipped below 16 points in the second half and swelled to as much as 28 at 58-30 with 6:12 remaining.

Leola Spotwood was the only Coppin State player in double figures with 10 points. Larissa Carter led all players with 10 rebounds and Crystal Whittington finished with nine points and eight boards for the Eagles.

GW plays its second of three consecutive home games at Smith Center this Sunday against North Texas. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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