Booker’s Double-Double Spurs Colonials to Home Comeback Win
Coming off a dominant victory over Radford over the past weekend, the George Washington Colonials mounted a furious comeback on Wednesday to beat the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in overtime, 58-52. Senior forward Tara Booker and junior guard Danni Jackson netted 17 points each while freshman guard Chakecia Miller scored 14 off the bench.
After being down by as many as 10 points with 15:25 left in regulation, the Colonials started an 11-2 run highlighted by Miller’s game tying layup with 2:38 remaining and senior center Sara Mostafa’s only two points of the night came at an opportune time. Mostafa’s basket with 22 seconds to go capped the run and sent the team into overtime.
In overtime, both teams exchanged baskets rapidly. After GW gained the lead on senior guard Tiana Myers’ layup with 2:20 left, Old Dominion’s Tia Lewis took it right back on the following possesion. But in the dwindling minutes of the second half, Booker hit the biggest shot of the night.
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Booker, who had a double-double, had the same number of rebounds as she did points.
The game as a whole was sluggish offensively. The Colonials only shot 29.3% from the field, bested by Old Dominion by only one percent. GW turned the ball over 16 times, but caused ODU to cough up possession 21 times. The affair had 10 ties and eight lead changes.
With the victory, the Colonials earned their first back-to-back victories since February of 2011 when they defeated the Rhode Island Rams at home and then went on the road to beat the Saint Louis Billikens.
Tonight, the men will be facing the Kansas State Wildcats on the road at 8pm eastern, with the pre-game show at 7:45. Bryan Albin and Adam Kelsey will have the call. On Friday, the women will take their two-game winning steak to the Navy Classic, when they face Maine at 3:30pm. Doug Mogan and Dan Gutter will have the game in Annapolis.