Balanced Scoring Against Radford Gets Women Back on Track
The George Washington Colonials improved their record to 2-3 with an 83-59 routing of the Radford University Highlanders on Saturday, after GW went on a 23-0 run to begin the game.
The Colonials’ 23 point lead was spurred on by an offense that shot 50 percent for the game. Junior point guard Danni Jackson, who led the team with 14 points, was five for six in the first half and notched two three-pointers. After taking a 12-0 lead with 15:10 left in the first half, the Colonials maintained a double digit lead the entire game.
The Radford offense was powered by its backcourt, as junior guards Ashley Buckhannon and Da’naria Erwin-Spencer combined for 32 points with 19 and 13 respectively. GW’s defense limited the Highlanders’ shooting to 12 percent in the first half, with Erwin Spencer scoring a team-high five points before the intermission. Her layup with 10:13 left to play in the first half was the first Highlanders basket of the game, ending GW’s 23-0 run.
Sara Mostafa and Tara Booker both scored 11 points to propel the Colonials’ balanced attack early on. The two were a force in the paint, as Booker’s eight rebounds created several big possessions for GW. Senior guard Kristin Aldridge added eight points and four assists.
Rebounding was the Colonials’ only noticeable weakness, getting out-rebounded 49-44. Brooke Wilson led the team with 11 rebounds, but GW’s inability to create possessions forced the defense into a full court press. Ahead 69-43 with 3:33 left, the Colonials drew numerous fouls as the Highlanders became more aggressive.
The Colonials shot 46.7 percent from three and 87 percent (20 for 33) from the free-throw line, which both were season highs.
Head coach Mike Bozeman’s Colonials will take on the Old Dominion University Monarchs at 7 pm Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center. Mike Martone and Ben Silverstein will have the call for WRGW.