GW Women Hold On Against William & Mary, Move to 2-1
The Colonials held on to beat the William and Mary Tribe 58-51 in a Sunday matinée matchup at the Smith Center. The Colonials rebounded from a tough loss at Rutgers last week with intense, trapping ball pressure and a fast-paced offense led by graduate student Tara Booker.
The Colonials defense was the main contributor, forcing 21 turnovers and holding the Tribe to less than 27% from the field. The Colonials out-rebounded the Tribe 47-41 including snatching 19 offensive rebounds.
Offensively, Tara Booker led the stat sheet for the Colonials, scoring a season-high 20 points. Booker’s points came from an efficient 7-14 from the field including shooting 50% behind the three-point line. Senior Megan Nipe was the only other Colonial in double-digits, with 12 points. Despite scoring under 10 points, senior point guard Danni Jackson had a tremendous offensive impact on the game especially in the second half. Jackson speed neutralized the Tribe’s trapping zone and she racked up four assists, including a few that seemed Sportscenter worthy. Jackson and her frontcourt partner Chakecia Miller harassed the Tribe ball handlers all game and combined for four steals and many more forced turnovers.
The Colonials completely shut down the William and Mary’s star offensive player, forward Emily Correal. The reigning CAA co-player of the week managed just seven points on 2 of 9 shooting and hauled in only two offensive rebounds.
Turning good defense into fast break offense, the Colonials were sometimes out of control as they matched the Tribe’s 21 giveaways.
The Tribe was able to mount a comeback in the last few minutes, capitalizing on sloppy Colonial defense and pointless fouls. The GW lead was cut to four with 36 seconds left, but four straight clutch free throws from Danni Jackson sealed the GW win.
Despite shooting well down the stretch, the Colonials were just 16-29 (55%) from the charity stripe, allowing the Tribe to claw back late in the game. This is a troubling sign for the Colonials, a team who went 8-13 from the foul line in a four-point loss to Rutgers last week.
Looking ahead, the Colonials will try to carry their intense defense on a three game road trip then head will back home to take on Georgetown.
With the win, the Colonials are 2-1 overall and 2-0 at home this year. The Women next take on USC Upstate; on November 21st. Tipoff is at 5:30 and you can listen to all the action on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.