GW Women's Hoops Rolls Morgan State, 75-40
Nov. 28, 2012
BALTIMORE - The George Washington women's basketball team built a 30-point halftime lead, limiting host Morgan State to just 14 points in the opening period, and went on to easily defeat the Lady Bears, 75-40, on Wednesday evening at Hill Field House.
GW improves to 4-2 on the season for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, while Morgan State falls to 3-4.
Senior Megan Nipe led all scorers with a season-high 14 points, while senior Danni Jackson and graduate student Tara Booker combined to shoot 10-for-15 from the floor and finished with 11 points apiece. Jackson added seven assists and four steals.
The Colonials' freshmen also made significant contributions, as Dalacy Anderson scored nine points and Aaliyah Brown tallied seven with a pair of three-pointers, and Anjaleace White chipped in career-highs of nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
Booker scored the first points of the game to give the Colonials a lead they would never relinquish. GW's advantage was just two points, 10-8, after 4:14 of action, but the Colonials scored 12 straight points to take control of the game with a 22-8 lead. Booker scored seven straight points in that stretch, as all 11 of her points came in the first half.
A layup by Chyress Lockhart at the 8:55 mark was the last field goal the Lady Bears would see for nearly five and a half minutes, as GW scored another 13 in a row to take a 38-12 lead. Only a jumper by Lockhart at 3:26 broke up the Colonials' 19-2 run to end the half.
GW owned a 30-point advantage at halftime, 44-14. The Colonials shot 50 percent from the floor and held Morgan State to just 22.6 percent in the first half. The Lady Bears' 14 points were the fewest in a half by a GW opponent this season.
Morgan State's Tracey Carrington opened the second half with a layup, but the Colonials used another 10-0 surge to take a 38-point lead, 54-16, after six minutes of play. Despite following with an 8-0 spurt of their own, the Lady Bears would never get closer than 30 points the rest of the way.
A three-pointer by Anderson - the first of her career - with 2:18 remaining gave the Colonials a game-high 41-point lead, 73-32, their largest lead of the season. Morgan State went on to score eight of the game's final 10 points to account for the 74-50 final margin.
GW finished at a season-high 48.3 percent from the floor, while the Lady Bears' 26.5 percent clip was a season-low for a Colonials' opponent. It marks the third time in six games in which GW has held the opposing team below 30 percent from the field.
In addition, the Colonials' 12 blocks on the night fell one shy of the school record of 13 set on Jan. 11, 1992 against Iona.
Carrington led Morgan State with eight points, and Amarah Williams grabbed a team-high eight boards, as the Lady Bears outrebounded the Colonials, 44-40, including 25-13 on the offensive glass.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they host District rival Georgetown at 4 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center. The game will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.