GW Women's Hoops Cruises Past American, 77-64, for Fourth Straight Win
Jackson, Miller, Schaible Combine for 56 Points
Dec. 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - A strong first half and big games from the backcourt trio of graduate student Danni Jackson, junior Chakecia Miller and freshman Hannah Schaible led the George Washington women's basketball team to a 77-64 victory over crosstown rival American on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
With its fourth straight victory, GW improves to 8-4 on the season, its best 12-game start since 2007-08. In addition, the Colonials have won four in a row for the first time since Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2011.
American (7-4) entered the game as the Patriot League's top defense, allowing just 54.8 points per game, but GW nearly surpassed that average in the first half alone. The Colonials' 77 points and 13-point victory were season highs for points allowed and margin of defeat for the Eagles, whose three previous losses were by a combined nine points.
Jackson matched her career high with 23 points, topping the 20-point mark for the second time in as many games, and she added four assists. Miller posted a season-best 18 points to go with four steals, and Schaible stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman Caira Washington again led the Colonials on the boards with a game-high eight rebounds.
The game remained close early as the teams traded baskets and the lead for the first six minutes. The score was tied, 10-10, at the 14:26 mark, but a layup by Schaible sparked a 16-6 GW run that gave the Colonials a 26-16 advantage midway through the half. A four-point play by AU's Alexis Dobbs pulled the Eagles within six with 7:55 to go, but Schaible responded with a three-point play of her own, which ignited another 21-8 surge that gave the Colonials control of the game. GW led, 51-34, at halftime.
The Colonials' 51 points in the opening period were one shy of their season high for points in a half. Schaible scored 13 of her 15 points in the first 20 minutes, while Jackson (13) and Miller (12) also reached double figures in the opening frame. GW shot 54.1 percent (20-37) in the half.
GW extended its lead to a game-high 21 points, 56-35, early in the second half. American rallied with a 9-2 run but never got closer than 13 points, as Jackson drained back-to-back three-pointers to regain the 21-point advantage, 71-50, with 8:10 to play. The Eagles scored 14 of the game's final 18 points, but it was not enough to overcome its deficit, as GW won, 77-64.
Dobbs led AU with 15 points and six rebounds, while Shaquilla Curtis tallied 11 points, six boards and four steals and Jen Dumiak added 10 points and seven assists.
GW shot 45.6 percent in the game and held American to just 36.9 percent from the floor, including 0-for-7 from three-point range in the second half. The Colonials also scored 22 points off the Eagles' 15 turnovers and converted 19 offensive rebounds into 25 second-chance points.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday against Bluefield State in their non-conference finale. Tipoff from the Smith Center is set for 12 p.m.