Women's Basketball Topped at Fordham in A-10 Opener
Latimer paces three Colonials in double figures with career-high 14 points
BRONX, N.Y. - Three players scored in double figures, led by freshman Chyna Latimer's career-high 14 points, but the George Washington women's basketball team fell in its Atlantic 10 opener at Fordham, 61-50, on Sunday afternoon at Rose Hill Gymnasium.
Latimer connected on 7-of-9 field goals in her best offensive outing of the season to lead the Colonials. Junior Mei-Lyn Bautista turned in 12 points (4-of-6 FG), two rebounds, two assists and a steal in front of a boisterous hometown crowd while senior Brianna Cummings added 12 points along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Both teams were slow to get started in the first quarter, combining for just seven points over the first five minutes of game time. A slicing, left-handed layup by Bautsita with 30 seconds left in the frame put GW on top, 12-11, but the Rams scored just before the horn to hold a 13-12 lead after one.
Fordham scored the first basket of the second period before freshman Lexus Levy responded with a three-pointer to tie the score at 15-15 with 7:48 left in the first half. From there, Fordham embarked on a 15-0 run to pull ahead, 30-15, and stayed ahead to carry a 33-22 lead into halftime.
The Rams extended the lead to as many as 17 points early in the third quarter. Three consecutive jumpers by Latimer sparked a 15-5 run for the Colonials, punctuated by a three-pointer from Bautista, that cut the deficit to seven points with 1:17 to go in the third quarter.
The Rams scored the final points of the third quarter to carry a 49-40 lead into the last quarter. Fordham extended the lead to as many as 14 points and did not allow the Colonials to get closer than 10 points in the final minutes.
GW shot 40 percent (19-of-47) from the field for the game but were hindered by a 3-for-10 effort from beyond the arc. Fordham countered with a 45 percent (24-of-53) effort for the contest with seven three-pointers (7-of-20).
The Colonials will be challenged with a quick turnaround this week and will travel to Richmond, Virginia, for a Wednesday evening showdown with VCU. Tipoff from the Siegel Center is set for 6:00 p.m.
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