GW Women's Hoops Picks Up First Road Win, 48-37, at USC Upstate
Colonials Improve to 3-1 for First Time since 2007-08 Season
Nov. 21, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The George Washington women's basketball team picked up its first road win of the season on Wednesday evening, defeating host USC Upstate, 48-37, at the Spartans' G.B. Hodge Center.
With the win, the Colonials improve to 3-1 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they started 4-0 en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.
GW got off to a quick start, taking a 10-2 lead on a three-pointer by graduate student Tara Booker just 3:20 into the game. But the Spartans responded with a 14-3 run to take a 16-13 advantage just over six minutes later.
A triple by senior Shi-Heria Shipp knotted the score at 16-16 at the 10:26 mark, and Upstate would never regain the lead. With the game tied at 20-20, the Colonials scored five of the final six points of the half and led, 25-21, at the break.
Another fast start out of the gates at halftime gave GW its largest lead of the night, 34-23, with 13:30 to go. Shipp scored six of the Colonials' nine points in the 9-2 run.
Seven straight points by the Spartans' Lauren McRoberts pulled the hosts within four, 34-30, but that was as close as they would get, as GW held Upstate scoreless for more than 10 minutes while regaining a double-digit advantage.
Leading by seven following a three-point play by the Spartans' Brittany Starling, the Colonials sank eight straight free throws in the final 37 seconds to seal the 48-37 win.
Upstate's 37 points were the fewest by a GW opponent since Saint Louis scored 36 on Feb. 5, 2011.
Shipp and senior Danni Jackson led the Colonials with 11 points apiece, and Jackson added six assists and six steals.
GW used 22 steals to force 33 Upstate turnovers. It was the first time the Colonials recorded at least 20 steals since Jan. 27, 2006 against Fordham.
McRoberts led the Spartans with 12 points off the bench, while Starling pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Upstate held a slight 40-36 rebounding advantage. The Colonials were led on the boards by grad student Sara Mostafa's seven caroms.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they visit Virginia Tech for a 3 p.m. tipoff.