Big First Half Propels Women's Hoops to Win at Monmouth
Colonials close non-conference schedule with back-to-back wins
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The George Washington women's basketball team put an exclamation point on a grueling non-conference schedule by winning its second straight game on Friday afternoon, besting homestanding Monmouth, 59-45, at the OceanFirst Bank Center.
GW (5-7) turned to a familiar formula in the victory, limiting the opposing team to 50 points or less for the second straight game - a feat they have achieved in four of five wins this season.
The Colonials put forth a suffocating defensive effort throughout the game, forcing 20 turnovers on the day while limiting the Hawks to just 34 percent (17-of-50) shooting for the game, including a putrid 19 percent (5-of-26) in the first half. GW registered 21 points off of turnovers across the 40-minute contest.
Both teams struggled to establish offensive rhythm in the early going. A layup with 3:29 remaining in the opening quarter put the home team up, 10-3, but GW's defense clamped down and did not allow a point for the following 10 minutes of game time. A 20-0 run during that stretch opened up a 23-10 lead and, after outscoring Monmouth in the second quarter by an 18-3 margin, GW held a 25-13 lead at halftime.
The Colonials started the second half on a 9-2 run, thanks to three-pointers from senior Camila Tapias and sophomore Kendall Bresee, and led 44-26 after three quarters. Monmouth was able to close the gap in the fourth, but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Colonials cruised down the stretch to the 59-45 win.
Senior Brianna Cummings led a balanced scoring effort from GW, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. She added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in yet another stat-stuffing performance.
Junior Mei-Lyn Bautista also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points after dropping seven in the first half. She connected on a pair of three-pointers and added three rebounds, four steals, an assist and a block without committing a turnover.
Tapias (six points, three rebounds) and freshman Lexus Levy (eight points) both hit a pair of three-pointers to help the Colonials to an 8-of-19 effort from beyond the arc in the game.
GW will be idle for the holiday break before returning to campus on Wednesday, December 27. The Colonials will open their Atlantic 10 schedule with a pair of road games, first visiting Fordham on New Years Eve for a 2 p.m. tip at Rose Hill Gymnasium.
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