GW Women's Basketball Falls to Virginia Tech, 55-48
Jackson Leads All Scorers With 15; Painter Nets Career-High 10 Points
Nov. 19, 2011
WASHINGTON - Virginia Tech used an 11-6 run over the final four minutes of action to defeat the George Washington women's basketball team, 55-48, on Saturday afternoon at Charles E. Smith Center.
Both GW (1-2) and Virginia Tech (2-1) started the game ice cold from the field, combining for just one field goal and four total points over the first five minutes. The Colonials played strong defense throughout the contest, especially in the first half when they held the Hokies to 35 percent (7-of-20) from the field, and did not surrender a field goal until nearly eight minutes into the game.
The Colonials used a 6-0 run midway through the half to build a four point cushion, an advantage they sustained and carried into halftime for a 23-19 lead.
GW started the second half with a 7-2 run but the Hokies responded midway through the period with a 9-2 spurt to tie the score 35-35 with 10 minutes remaining. The teams proceeded to trade baskets until Virginia Tech took their first lead of the second half at 41-40 with six minutes left on a layup by Monet Tellier.
Tellier, who entered the match as Virginia Tech's leading scorer, was held in check by the Colonials. She finished just 2-of-11 from the field for five points. The Hokies were led by Alyssa Fenyn who posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Colonials briefly regained the lead on a jumper from senior Sara Mostafa, but the Hokies retaliated with a layup from Taylor Ayers to take a 43-42 lead. Virginia Tech would not trail again for the rest of the game as they closed on an 11-6 run to send GW to its second consecutive home loss. Overall the teams traded the lead six times and the game featured six ties.
After shooting an even 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field in the first half, the Colonials could muster only seven field goals on 25 percent shooting in the second half. GW also struggled at the free throw line, converting just 11-of-23 attempts for the game.
Mostafa, Painter and Jackson combined for 32 of GW's 48 points, but the rest of the team shot just 6-of-25 from the field.
GW returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 23 when they visit Auburn. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET from Auburn Arena.