Nipe's 31 Power GW Women's Hoops Past Jacksonville State, 100-71
Colonials Top 100 Points for Second Time This Season
Dec. 1, 2013
ATLANTA - Graduate student Megan Nipe scored 31 points as the George Washington women's basketball team made history with its second 100-point performance of the season, routing Jacksonville State, 100-71, on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the Georgia State Invitational at the GSU Sports Arena.
After scoring 101 points in a season-opening win over Jackson State on Nov. 9, the Colonials became the first team in program history to reach 100 points twice in the same season.
Nipe, who also scored 31 in GW's upset of No. 10/11 California on Nov. 15, is the ninth Colonial ever to top 30 points twice in a season and the first since Cathy Joens did it three times in 2004. Against the Gamecocks on Sunday, Nipe made 13-of-19 shots, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, and she added five rebounds, four steals and two assists. She scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half.
Junior Chakecia Miller scored 13 points to go with six assists, five steals and five rebounds, while sophomore Dalacy Anderson tallied a career-high 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down five boards. Freshman Hannah Schaible scored 11 points and had three steals and three assists, and graduate student Danni Jackson was the fifth Colonial in double figures with 10 points to go with seven assists, moving her into a tie for 10th place all-time at GW with 380 career helpers. In addition, sophomore Aaliyah Brown had six points and a career-high five steals.
GW (4-2) got off to a fast start, making four of its first five shots to jump out to an 8-2 lead. After missing three of her first five shots, Nipe caught fire midway through the half, scoring 12 points during a 14-5 run that put the Colonials up, 28-11, with 8:47 to go. GW led 48-36 at the half.
The Gamecocks scored the first basket of the second half, but a putback by freshman Caira Washington - who finished with eight points and a team-high six rebounds - sparked a 24-7 GW run over the next six minutes that put the Colonials in control with a 27-point advantage, 72-45. Miller had seven points during the spurt.
The Colonials' lead peaked at 32 - 97-65 - on a jumper by freshman Shannon Cranshaw, who had five points and four assists in the game, and a free throw by Schaible with 19 seconds left accounted for the 100-71 final score.
GW shot a season-high 53.2 percent (42-79) for the game and made eight three-pointers, also a season best. The Colonials scored 37 points off the Gamecocks' 28 turnovers and recorded 21 steals, their first game with at least 20 steals since Nov. 21, 2012 at USC Upstate, when they had 22. In addition, GW's 25 assists were the most in a game since recording 26 on Dec. 18, 2007 against Loyola Marymount. The 29-point win was GW's biggest since defeating UT Arlington by 33 in the 2012-13 season opener.
Candace Morton led Jacksonville State with 18 points, while Briana Benson recorded 17 points and eight rebounds and Miranda Cantrell and Destany McLin scored 11 points apiece.
Nipe was named to the Georgia State Invitational All-Tournament Team following the championship game, which No. 22/21 Georgia won, 70-58, over the host Panthers.
The Colonials now return to D.C. for the remainder of 2013, beginning with a visit to District rival Georgetown on Tuesday at 8 p.m.