GW Women's Hoops Overpowered by No. 8 California, 70-43

Megan Nipe scored nine points to lead GW against Cal.

Dec. 29, 2012

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BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 8 California shot 52 percent in the first half and scored 44 points in the paint in a 70-43 win over the George Washington women's basketball team on Friday evening at Haas Pavilion.

The game was tied, 4-4, after graduate student Sara Mostafa tallied back-to-back baskets for GW (6-6), and despite a 12-5 Cal run, the Colonials trailed by just seven with 12 minutes to go in the half and were within 10 with 7:33 left. GW was able to halt several Cal spurts to keep it close for most of the half, but Layshia Clarendon sank four straight free throws at the end of the period to give the Golden Bears (10-1) a 39-22 lead at halftime.

The Colonials turned up the defensive pressure at the start of the second half, as Cal missed eight of its first nine attempts from the floor and committed seven turnovers in the first 6:09 of play after committing just three in the first half. GW used a 10-4 run to pull within 11 points, 43-32, with 14:04 remaining, but the Bears responded by scoring 20 straight points over the next 9:15 of play to take a game-high 31-point lead, 63-32.

A layup by senior Megan Nipe at the 4:37 mark ended GW's drought, and the Colonials scored eight straight points to cut their deficit to 23 before Avigiel Cohen hit the Bears' lone three-pointer of the game with 30 seconds left. A pair of free throws by sophomore Chakecia Miller in the final second provided the final 70-43 margin.

Nipe and senior Shi-Heria Shipp lead GW with nine points apiece, and senior Danni Jackson tallied seven points and four assists.

Talia Caldwell led four Bears in double figures with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and she added eight rebounds. Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon each scored 12 points, and Reshanda Gray chipped in 11.

After shooting 43.5 percent in the first half, the Colonials struggled from the floor in the second, connecting on just 8-of-34 attempts, and finished at 31.6 percent in the game. Cal, meanwhile, shot 47.4 percent from the field, including 51.7 percent in the first period. The Bears outrebounded GW, 41-32.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they visit Saint Mary's at 3 p.m. ET.



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