Jackson Hits 1,000 as GW Women's Hoops Tops USC Upstate, 83-56

Danni Jackson reached 1,000 career points with a season-high 19 against USC Upstate.

Nov. 25, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Graduate student Danni Jackson became the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club and scored a game-high 19 points to lead the George Washington women's basketball team to an 83-56 victory over USC Upstate on Monday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Entering the game needing three points for the milestone, Jackson got it out of the way early, draining a three-pointer on her first shot of the game at the 17:29 mark. Her 19 points came on 6-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line. She also added five assists.

Grad student Megan Nipe reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 14 points, while junior Chakecia Miller had 10. Freshman Caira Washington neared a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Aaliyah Brown chipped in a season-high nine points as well.

GW (3-1) got off to a fast start, scoring 11 straight points early to jump out to an 18-4 lead behind 10 points from Jackson. The Colonials extended their run to 18-2 to take a 25-6 lead midway through the opening period.

GW's first-half lead peaked at 24 with 1:12 to play, but the Spartans (3-4) scored the final six points of the period to cut their deficit to 47-29 at the break.

Upstate opened the second stanza as it ended the first, scoring six straight points to pull within 12 points, 47-35, after two minutes of action, but a three pointer by Nipe sparked a 12-4 GW run that put the Colonials back up by 20 at the 12:58 mark.

The Spartans did not get closer than 18 the rest of the way as GW used another 15-3 spurt to stretch its lead to 33 with 1:52 remaining. Upstate tallied the last six points of the game for the 83-56 final score.

The Colonials dominated the boards, outrebounding the Spartans, 48-33, and their 22 offensive boards led to 31 second-chance points. GW also capitalized on Upstate's 23 turnovers for 38 points.

GW shot 40.6 percent (28-69) in the game and made seven three-pointers while holding the Spartans to 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor, including 1-for-9 from long distance.

Brittany Starling led the Spartans with 12 points and eight rebounds. Upstate's 56 points were a season low for GW opponents.

The Colonials return to action on Friday when they take on No. 22 Georgia on the first day of the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta.



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