GW Women's Hoops Tops William & Mary, 58-51, Behind Booker's 20 Points
Nov. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - Graduate student Tara Booker scored a season-high 20 points to lead the George Washington women's basketball team past William & Mary, 58-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Booker's 20 points came on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and she added seven rebounds. Senior Megan Nipe was the only other Colonials' player in double figures with 12 points to go along with six boards.
The Tribe (1-3) took an early 5-0 lead, but a three-pointer by Booker put GW on the board at the 16:14 mark. William & Mary led, 11-9, nearly halfway through the first period, but Nipe knotted the score with a layup, sparking a 9-0 run to give the Colonials an 18-11 advantage and they never looked back. GW (2-1) led, 26-18, at halftime.
William & Mary made just three of its first 22 attempts in the second stanza, and the Colonials used a 22-10 run to take a game-high 18-point lead, 48-30, with 4:40 remaining. The Tribe, however, responded with the game's next 11 points and 17 of 20 to pull back within four, 51-47, with a minute to go. The visitors drained three treys in that span, including two in a row by Emily Correal and Taylor Hilton to cap the run, but they were just 6-for-14 from the foul line during the stretch.
With GW still on top by just four, 53-49, with 36 seconds left, Nipe and senior Danni Jackson drained four straight free throws to seemingly seal the win, and another foul shot by sophomore Chakecia Miller with 11 seconds to go produced the 58-51 final margin.
The Colonials shot 33.3 percent in the game and held the Tribe to just 26.8 percent from the floor, the second time in three contests this season that a GW opponent has shot below 30 percent from the field.
GW outrebounded William & Mary, 47-41. Graduate student Brooke Wilson pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Booker and grad student Sara Mostafa each corralled seven.
Hilton led William & Mary with 10 points, and she added six rebounds and three steals.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they begin a three-game road trip at USC Upstate.