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GW and Fordham Continue Winning Ways, Richmond Edges Rhody

Release: 01/05/2014
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George WashingtoN 74, Saint Joseph’s 67
PHILADELPHIA -
Sophomore Jonquel Jones posted her third double-double in five games with 21 points and 14 rebounds as the George Washington women's basketball team pushed its win streak to seven with a 74-67 win over defending Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena.

Playing on the road for the first time in more than a month, GW won its seventh straight game, its longest win streak since taking nine straight from Dec. 1, 2007-Jan. 16, 2008. The Colonials improve to 11-4 on the year, their best start since 2007-08, which was also the last time they won their first two Atlantic 10 games of the season.

On her 20th birthday, Jones recorded a game- and career-high 21 points and game-best 14 rebounds, and she added three assists and three blocks. She made 7-of-13 field goal attempts, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards by halftime. Freshman Caira Washington posted her third straight double-double and fifth of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and grad student Danni Jackson tallied 12 points and eight assists, sinking the biggest shot of the game in the final minutes.

With the game tied at 67, there was a stoppage in play after an inadvertent whistle, and one second was placed on the shot clock. Junior Chakecia Miller inbounded the ball to Jackson in front of the Colonials' bench, and Jackson knocked down the long jumper to give GW a 69-67 lead with 1:44 to go.

Saint Joseph's never scored again, and the Colonials made five of six free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 74-67 win.

GW scored the first 11 points of the game, keeping Saint Joseph's off the board for more than five minutes as the Hawks missed their first seven shots, and the Colonials pushed their lead to 16 - 24-8 - midway through the first half.

Saint Joseph's (11-3, 1-1 A-10) used a 9-2 run to cut its deficit to single digits, but GW went back up by 15 with under a minute to go in the half on a pair of big three-pointers by sophomore Aaliyah Brown. A halfcourt buzzer beater by SJU guard Erin Shields made it 38-28 at the break.

The Hawks scored the first two points of the second half, but the Colonials regained a double-digit lead on their next possession and led, 50-36, after a pair of three-pointers by freshman Hannah Schaible and another by Jackson.

Saint Joseph's, however, chipped away with a 19-9 run and tied the game on three-point play by Ciara Andrews at the 2:49 mark.

Andrews and Ashley Robinson combined for 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting off the bench to lead the Hawks. Andrews scored a team-best 18 points, while Robinson posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks' leading scorer, Shields added 11 points and nine assists but was just 4-for-16 from the field, including 1-for-8 from three-point range.

GW outrebounded Saint Joseph's, 49-37, and held the Hawks to 35.8 percent shooting.

FORDHAM 75, UMass 61
BRONX, NY -- The Fordham  Rams extended their school-record winning streak to 12 games and senior Abigail Corning became just the 16th player in school history to score 1,000 points, as Fordham downed UMass 75-61 in the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon.
 
Corning, who entered the game needing 20 points to reach the milestone, scored 20 exactly on 10-16 shooting, pulling down seven boards and dishing out four assists in the process.
 
Erin Rooney had another outstanding effort for the Rams, tallying 24 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists to lead the Rams in the win.  The Christchurch, New Zealand, native also swiped two steals.
 
Hannah Missry also finished the game in double figures, converting on three shots from downtown and ending the game with 11 points. 
 
Emily Tapio scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in the victory, despite playing only 17 minutes due to foul trouble.
 
The Rams had a stellar day distributing the ball, dishing out 19 assists while surrendering only 11 turnovers.  Fordham also pounded UMass on the glass, outrebounding the Minutewomen by a 34-27 margin.
 
Fordham had an uncharacteristically slow start to the contest, allowing the Minutewomen to take an 8-4 lead three and a half minutes into the game.  The Rams, however, quickly responded.  A Tapio layup kicked off a 7-0 run, giving Fordham an 11-8 lead with 15:07 to play in the first half.
 
Fordham would build its lead as high as five, 15-10, by the next media timeout, but Kim Pierre-Louis kept it close for the Minutewomen with her sixth point of the game, making it 15-14 Rams near the midway point of the half.
 
Up one, the Rams uncorked another run, scoring eight unanswered over the next three minutes to move ahead by nine, 23-14, with just under eight minutes to go.
 
After UMass stopped the run, a pair of three-pointers from Rooney and Missry helped extend the Fordham lead to double digits, taking a 30-18 advantage on the Missry triple with just over four minutes left in the opening half.
 
The Minutewomen were able to close the lead to ten, 35-25, before the intermission, making seven straight free throws to close the half. 
 
Rooney led all scorers with 14 in the first half, while Corning chipped in eight and Missry added six.
 
The Fordham offense wasted no time getting out of the gate in the second half, hitting five of their first six shots and jumping ahead by 15, 46-31, with 16 minutes to go.
 
The Rams maintained a lead in that area over the next several minutes, as Corning and Rooney continued to lead the Rams with their hot hands, helping the Rams shoot 12-17 from the floor over the opening ten minutes of play.
 
The two teams continued to trade points, but Corning stole the show at the five minute mark.  The senior drained a midrange jumper, putting the Rams ahead 67-50 and giving her 1,000 for her career.
 
UMass continued to fight down the stretch, but the Rams closed out the victory, 75-61.
 
The Rams will return to the Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday night, playing host to Duquesne at 7 PM.
 
RICHMOND 49, RHODE ISLAND 43
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond women’s basketball team held off the Rhode Island Rams, 49-43, for its first Atlantic 10 win Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.

The two teams battled to the finish but the Spiders held off the Rams to improve to 7-8 overall and picked up their first win in the A-10 (1-1). Rhode Island fell to 5-10 on the season and 0-2 in the conference.

The Spiders held the Rams to 26.4 percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers, which they turned into 10 points of their own. Richmond outscored Rhode Island 24-21 in the first and 25-22 in the second to secure the win.

Freshman Olivia Healy and senior Kristina King led the Spiders with nine points apiece, while redshirt junior Genevieve Okoro brought down a game-high 12 rebounds and scored seven points.


 

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