Balanced Attack Boosts No. 21/20 Women's Hoops Over Stony Brook
Colonials Continue Best Start in More Than a Decade
Dec. 2, 2006
STONY BROOK, NY - Four players reached double-figures and junior Whitney Allen grabbed a game- and career-high 14 boards as the No. 21/20 George Washington women's basketball team beat Stony Brook, 68-55, at Stony Brook Arena on Saturday.
Senior Kenan Cole and junior Sarah-Jo Lawrence each scored 13 points, while junior Kimberly Beck and sophomore Jessica Adair finished with 12 apiece. Allen also contributed seven points, four steals, three assists and a block.
GW is now 7-1, marking the third best start in school history and best since the 1994-95 Colonials won 11 of their first 12 games.
GW trailed by 11 points, 23-12, midway through the first half, but quickly snapped out of its sluggish start. Redshirt sophomore Lisa Steele, Lawrence and Cole all hit three-pointers to spark a 19-6 surge which put the Colonials ahead by two points, 31-29, at the break.
Stony Brook continued to stick with GW through the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but the tide quickly turned as Lawrence and Beck scored six straight fast-break points to grab a 55-45 lead. After being held scoreless in the first half, Jessica Adair found her form and, after a Faith Peters' three, hit three consecutive jump shots in the lane to give the Colonials a comfortable lead, 66-50, with 2:10 left.
The Seawolves (2-3) were led by Jessica Smith's 23-point, 12-rebound double-double. Mykeema Ford added 14, but finished just 3-for-17 from the field.
Led by Allen's career-high, the Colonials won the battle of the boards, 42-39. GW shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60), while holding Stony Brook to 34.4 percent (22-of-64), including just 9-of-34 (26.5 percent) in the second half.
GW will travel to Knoxville, TN, next Thursday to face No. 4/4 Tennessee for the third time in the past two seasons. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Notes: With three assists, Beck passed Kristin McArdle for seventh on the career assists list and now has 388 in just 72 career games ... Cole ran her consecutive free throws made streak to 20 with a 6-for-6 effort ... GW posted a season-high 17 steals, forced a season-best 23 Seawolves' turnovers, and scored 20 points on takeaways.