RICHMOND, VA – Top-seeded George Washington defeated Saint Louis 77-63 Friday morning in the Quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship at the Richmond Coliseum.
George Washington advances to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship and will face Fordham on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Caira Washington led all scorers with 24 points, nine assists and four steals and Jonquel Jones registered a double-double for George Washington with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
George Washington (27-3) opened the first half on a 4-0 run and stretched their lead to 8-3 before Saint Louis (15-16) tied the score at 8-8 with 16:26 remaining. The Colonials did not falter and extended their lead to 16-10 after an 8-2 spurt with 14:34 left in the first half. A layup by Hannah Schaible extended George Washington’s lead to 8 at 10:43. Saint Louis used a 10-3 run over the next four minutes to cut their deficit to one point. The Colonials responded and extended their lead back to five, 31-26 with 4:42 left until the break. Jamesia Price knocked down two free throws for Saint Louis to bring them within one point, 33-32 with just less than two minutes to play until halftime. The Colonials used a quick 7-2 run to take a 40-34 advantage to halftime.
The Colonials used an early 7-0 run to see their first double digit advantage of the game, 47-34 with 17:08 to play. A jumper by Sadie Stipanovich at 14:43 cut the Colonial’s lead back to single digits at 49-40. Over the next five minutes, George Washington went on a 14-4 spurt to extend their advantage to 19 points, 63-44 with less than ten minutes remaining. Saint Louis used a 12-3 run to cut their deficit back to single digits at 66-59 with 4:35 left to play. In the final minutes, George Washington used an 11-4 spurt to clinch the victory, 77-63.
Price led the Billikens with 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Jackie Kemph chipped in 17 points for Saint Louis.
George Washington shot 44.6% from the floor, 81.6% from the free throw line and outscored Saint Louis 16-3 from the bench.