No. 17/15 GW Uses Team Effort to Down Western Kentucky, 80-63
Tournament MVP Kimberly Beck Finishes Tourney With 34 Points, 22 Assists
Nov. 24, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - Jessica Adair had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 17/15 George Washington to an 80-63 victory over Western Kentucky in the finale of the GW Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.
It was Adair's second double-double in as many days, following her 18-point, 11-rebound performance in a 65-60 victory over South Dakota State.
Tournament MVP Kimberly Beck had 18 points and 12 assists for the Colonials (5-1), who have won two straight since losing 67-42 to No. 7 Rutgers. Sarah-Jo Lawrence added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Crystal Kelly led Western Kentucky (4-2) with 30 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds.
The Colonials, who played without two starters, took control with a 14-2 run early in the second half. Antelia Parrish, George Washington's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, missed the game with a sprained left ankle sustained in Friday's game. Whitney Allen missed her second straight game with a broken left ring finger.
Lawrence, a senior, became the 24th member of George Washington's 1,000-point club with a jumper that gave the Colonials a 22-21 lead with 8:39 remaining in the first half.
2007 GW Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team
Kimberly Beck, GW - Most Valuable Player
Jessica Adair, GW
Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky
Dominique Duck, Western Kentucky
Ketty Cornemann, South Dakota State
Ellen Young, Southern Illinois
NOTES: GW was the only team to win both its games at the Classic (WKU - 1-1, SDSU - 1-1, SIU - 0-2) ... GW got a season-high 14 points from its bench, led by five points each from junior Jamila Bates and freshman Erica Rivera ... Senior Lora Mitchell converted her second and third career field goals to help the Colonials maintain their double-digit lead in the second half ... Sophomore Stefani Munro made her first career start ... Bates added a career-high nine rebounds ... Beck's 12 assists moved her to within 19 of Colleen McCrea for second on GW's career list, and 26 of all-time leader Kathy Marshall ... Lawrence now has 1,010 points in 102 career games.
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