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#A10WBB Rooney Leads Fordham Past American; GW's Jackson Scores 1,000th Point

Release: 11/25/2013
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Graduate student Danni Jackson became the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club and scored a game-high 19 points to lead the George Washington women's basketball team to an 83-56 victory over USC Upstate on Monday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Entering the game needing three points for the milestone, Jackson got it out of the way early, draining a three-pointer on her first shot of the game at the 17:29 mark. Her 19 points came on 6-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line. She also added five assists.

Grad student Megan Nipe reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 14 points, while junior Chakecia Miller had 10. Freshman Caira Washington neared a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Aaliyah Brown chipped in a season-high nine points as well.

GW (3-1) got off to a fast start, scoring 11 straight points early to jump out to an 18-4 lead behind 10 points from Jackson. The Colonials extended their run to 18-2 to take a 25-6 lead midway through the opening period.

GW's first-half lead peaked at 24 with 1:12 to play, but the Spartans (3-4) scored the final six points of the period to cut their deficit to 47-29 at the break.

Upstate opened the second stanza as it ended the first, scoring six straight points to pull within 12 points, 47-35, after two minutes of action, but a three pointer by Nipe sparked a 12-4 GW run that put the Colonials back up by 20 at the 12:58 mark.

The Spartans did not get closer than 18 the rest of the way as GW used another 15-3 spurt to stretch its lead to 33 with 1:52 remaining. Upstate tallied the last six points of the game for the 83-56 final score.

The Colonials dominated the boards, outrebounding the Spartans, 48-33, and their 22 offensive boards led to 31 second-chance points. GW also capitalized on Upstate's 23 turnovers for 38 points.

GW shot 40.6 percent (28-69) in the game and made seven three-pointers while holding the Spartans to 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor, including 1-for-9 from long distance.

Brittany Starling led the Spartans with 12 points and eight rebounds. Upstate's 56 points were a season low for GW opponents.

The Colonials return to action on Friday when they take on No. 22 Georgia on the first day of the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta.

BRONX, NY -- Erin Rooney set a new career-high with 24 points and tied a career-best with 12 boards on Monday night, leading her team to a hard-fought 66-62 victory over American in the Rose Hill Gym.  Rooney scored eight consecutive points for the Rams down the stretch to help clinch the victory and combined a game-high six assists with only one turnover.
On the season, Rooney is averaging 22 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.  She has scored no fewer than 19 points in any one contest, has eclipsed the 20-mark four times, and has notched four double-doubles.

The win moved Fordham to 4-2 on the season, while the loss dropped American to 3-2.
Rooney was one of three Fordham scorers in double figures, as freshman Hannah Missry tallied 13 points on 3-5 shooting from downtown.  Samantha Clark also had ten points and came up huge for the Rams in the closing minutes, nailing a late three and hitting a crucial free throw down the stretch.
One game removed from nearly nabbing a triple-double, Abigail Corning put up another complete game on the stat sheet, scoring eight points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out four assists.
The Rams continued their recent trend of getting off to a hot start, scoring the game's first seven points and nine of the first 11 overall.  American wasted no time getting back in the contest; however, netting six unanswered and whittling the Fordham advantage down to one, 13-12, at the first media timeout with just under 14 minutes to go in the half.
Fordham would bump its lead back to two on a Corning free throw less than a minute later, but the Eagles uncorked a 6-0 run from there, taking an 18-14 lead just inside the ten minute mark.
American built its lead as high as seven, 23-16, with 7:16 to go, but the Rams responded with seven unanswered, tying up the score at 23 less than three minutes later.
The two squads went back and forth over the half's closing minutes, but the Rams jumped ahead, 28-27, on an Emily Tapio jumper in the paint just inside the two minute mark.  Rooney extended the Fordham lead to three on a running layup with 38 ticks left on the clock, and the Rams entered the locker room with a 30-27 advantage.
Rooney led all scorers with nine points at the half, while Missry chipped in seven.  Corning put up her usual workhorse numbers, tallying five points, six boards, and a pair of assists.
American got on the board first the second half, but Corning responded right away with a three from the left corner to put Fordham ahead 33-29 less than a minute into the period.  Corning's long ball started a 10-0 run for the Rams, as they stretched their lead to 11, 40-29, just over three minutes into the half.
The Eagles scored five in a row to get the Fordham advantage back down to six with 15:47 on the clock, but Missry's third three-pointer of the day extended the Rams' lead back to nine, 43-34, less than a minute later.
American proved resilient by getting back within five on a few occasions before Alexis Dobbs connected from beyond the arc to pull the Eagles within three, 52-49, with eight minutes to play.  Just over two minutes later, Michelle Holmes banked one in from three to even the count at 52.
The two teams went back and forth over the next several minutes, with a huge three from Clark putting the Rams ahead by one, 57-56, with 3:47 to play.
Geleisa George made one out of two free throws the next time down for American, tying the score, but Rooney answered right back with a drive and layup to put Fordham up two, 59-57.
From there, it was the Rooney show the whole way.  The Christchurch, New Zealand, native answered every American basket with one of her own, scoring eight straight points and sealing the Rams' victory.
After sweeping their three game home stand, the Rams are heading out West.  Fordham will take part in the Lady Rebel Round-Up at the UNLV beginning on Saturday.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Khristin Lee led all players in both scoring and rebounding, pouring in 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for her first double-double as an Explorer, but it was not quite enough in a 64-59 setback at Fairfield on Monday night.

Lee also added a game-high four steals and team-best five assists in the effort for La Salle (1-3). Alicia Cropper added 13, and rookie Jasmine Alston came up with nine points, five rebounds, three steals and no turnovers.

Fairfield (3-2) placed three players in double figures, led by Kristin Schatzlein's 15 points. Katie Cizynski and Brittany Obi-Tabot added 14 apiece.

The second half was once again the story of the game for the Explorers, who drained 42 of their 59 points after the break including 15 of Lee's points.

Fairfield jumped out to a 21-9 lead in the first half, thanks to a 17-2 run which included keeping the Explorers scoreless for nearly seven minutes. The Stags pushed the lead to as many as 17 at 32-15 (1:37) before a Jasmine Alston layup before the break put the score at 32-17.

Micahya Owens opened scoring in the second half by draining a trey, sparking a 12-5 run to bring the Explorers within single digits at 37-29 with 15:09 on the clock. The Stags maintained a near-10 point lead for the next three minutes, going up 44-34 on a Schatzlein freebie at 12:26.

The Explorer offense turned it up after that with Owens hitting a layup at 12:12 to spark a 14-4 run over the next 6:36 to erase Fairfield's lead and knot the score at 48-48. The Stags responded with a decisive 10-0 run over the next three minutes to regain a double-digit lead, capped by two made Stag free throws to push the score to 58-48.

Lee stopped the run with an offensive rebound and converted layup in the paint. Following another Stag free throw, the Explorers mounted a 7-0 run. Lee made the first of two free throws, and Alston picked up the offensive board on the missed second free throw. She converted a short layup in the paint and was fouled on the play. She made the freebie to finish the three-point play to bring the Explorers back within five at 59-54 with 1:42 remaining.

Alston then picked up a huge steal, feeding the ball to Lee who drained a long three to cut the deficit back to two with 1:24 left.

Four Stag free throws down the stretch made the difference, pushing the home team's lead back to six with eight seconds on the clock. Lee snagged one more bucket with three seconds on the clock to put the score at 63-59 and fouled Fairfield's Christelle Akon-Akech on the inbound. Akon-Akech made one free throw for the final 64-59 tally.

La Salle shot just 25.9 percent (7-27) in the first half, but turned it up to shoot 48.4 percent (15-31) in the second half and finish with a 37.9 percent clip. The Explorers went just 23.5 percent (4-17) from long range. Fairfield shot 42.1 percent for the game after the Explorers limited the squad to just 33.3 percent in the second half.

The Explorers forced the Stags into 16 turnovers to just 12 for the Blue & Gold and recorded 10 steals to just three for the Stags. Fairfield won the glass, 39-36.

– Erin Nelson and Olivia Jakubicek registered game highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds, respectively, in Saint Louis’ 85-69 loss at Indiana Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Nelson’s scoring total included a 3-of-6 effort from 3-point range and a 6-of-6 effort from the foul line. She added five rebounds.

Desirae Ball netted 13 points and five rebounds for the Billikens (2-4), who outscored Indiana (6-0) 40-34 in the second half on the strength of 48.3-percent shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. SLU was 8-of-9 from the stripe in the second half to finish 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) for the game.

Jakubicek, who also scored nine points, led Saint Louis to a 34-31 advantage on the boards. SLU collected 11 offensive rebounds to IU’s six, leading to an 11-4 edge in second-chance points.

Lexi Lopez and Denisha Womack tossed in seven points apiece off the bench.

Tabitha Gerardot led Indiana with 19 points, and Larryn Brooks scored all 14 of her points in the first half. Brooks had a game-high four assists, while Alexis Gassion pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Indiana shot 52.7 percent from the floor, including 12-of-26 from 3-point distance.

Jakubicek gave Saint Louis its only lead, 2-1, when she turned an offensive rebound into a layup. Brooks and Sasha Chaplin scored five and four points, respectively, in a 9-0 run that gave Indiana a 10-2 advantage.

A Womack 3-pointer made it a 10-5 game, but Indiana took command with a 14-0 outburst that gave the Hoosiers a 24-5 cushion.

The Saint Louis offense was much more effective in the final 10 minutes of the first half. The Billikens scored on 13 of their last 20 possessions, with Nelson notching all 12 of her first-half points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in that stretch.

Indiana countered with successful long-range shooting, however, canning five of their seven first-half treys and taking a 51-29 lead to the locker room.

Although the Hoosiers maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half, the Billikens finished the game on a 14-0 run. Nelson scored seven of the 14 points, and Jamesia Price tallied five.

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