Adair Scores 23 as No. 22 GW Tames Lions, 85-46
Beck Closes to Within One Assist of Career Record
Dec. 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - The No. 22 George Washington women's basketball team had its best offensive outing of the season and posted its largest margin of victory in nearly two years in an 85-46 victory over Loyola Marymount at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Jessica Adair led all scorers with 23 points to help the Colonials to the 39-point margin of victory, their best since an 88-37 drubbing of Yale on Dec. 20, 2005 - a span of 66 games. Senior point guard Kimberly Beck added 16 points - all in the second half - and senior Sarah-Jo Lawrence chipped in 14 points and career-high tying eight assists.
Beck, who was named a Naismith Trophy candidate Tuesday, handed out five assists to move within one of Kathy Marshall's 22-year-old program record of 580 set in 1985. Her three steals also put her in sixth-place all-time at GW.
GW (8-3) eclipsed the 80-point barrier for the second time this year with Tuesday's season-high 85. The Colonials also shot 54.4 percent (37-of-68), their best shooting performance of the season.
Junior forward Antelia Parrish made her first start since Nov. 23 and the Colonials had Parrish and senior starter Whitney Allen both back for the first time since Nov. 18. Parrish finished with nine points and game-high eight boards, while Allen added seven points and career-high seven assists.
The Colonials rolled out to a 20-point halftime lead behind 15 points from Adair. GW scored the first 12 points of the game and closed the period on a 10-0 run over the final four minutes.
Adair netted three of GW's first four baskets of the second half to help the Colonials lengthen their lead. After going 0-for-2 in the first half, Beck scored 16 second-half points on perfect 7-for-7 shooting.
LMU (7-5) would only get as close as 18 points on Lisa Helmers' three-pointer with 17:58 remaining. GW's lead peaked at 41 - 85-44 - on Lawrence's free-throw line jumper with 72 seconds left before Helmers converted a lay-up with 12 ticks to play for the final margin.
GW hosts No. 10/10 Texas A&M on Thursday in its second of three straight home games. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm. The Colonials defeated the Aggies, 59-47, to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last March.
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