George Washington pulls away from Maine in second half

Posted Dec. 02, 2011, at 7:58 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 02, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — George Washington University outscored the University of Maine’s women’s basketball team 17-7 over the last 13:41 to erase a two-point deficit and post a 54-46 victory in the Navy Classic Friday afternoon.

Danni Jackson and Megan Nipe had 10 points apiece and Tara Booker had nine points for the 4-3 winners, who held Maine to a 33.9 percent shooting performance from the floor including a 14.3 percent showing from beyond the 3-point arc.

Maine shot 28.6 percent from the floor in the second half and missed all five of its three-pointers.

Nipe had a game-high nine rebounds and also dished out three assists. Kristin Aldridge had a game-high four assists and Brooke Wilson’s three steals were a game-high.

Chelisa Painter had six points and six rebounds and Brooke Wilson hauled down six rebounds.

Ashleigh Roberts and Samantha Baranowski scored eight points apiece to lead the 3-4 Black Bears and Amber Smith had six more.

Shareka Maner and Barananowski had eight rebounds each to pace Maine and Roberts and Brittany Williams had three assists apiece.

Courtney Anderson grabbed a career-high six rebounds.

Maine built its largest lead of the game at 23-18 but the Colonials finished the half on a 13-6 run to take a two-point into the intermission.

Maine outscored George Washington 10-6 at the outset of the second half to take a 39-37 lead but George Washington responded with a 7-1 run to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Maine first-year coach Richard Barron said despite the loss, his team turned in its best performance of the year.

“By far,” said Barron. “If we had shot the way we did against Rhode Island, we would have won by 15-20 points. We played a lot of people and they all contributed.

“We executed extremely well against a team that was athletically superior and much bigger than we were,” Barron added. “Down the stretch, they made some difficult shots and we missed some open ones. We got some good looks (but couldn’t convert).”

He said the Colonials pressed them throughout the game but “we managed it well.”

Maine committed 15 turnovers to George Washington’s 10.

They more than held their own on the boards, out-rebounding the taller Colonials 48-40.

Another difference, according to Barron, was the fact George Washington made seven of its 11 three-pointers while his Black Bears went just 2-for-14.

“And you’ve got to give George Washington credit. They committed just one foul over the last 18 minutes of the game. They kept us from getting to the foul line,” said Barron who felt the game was well-officiated.

“There weren’t many fouls in the game,” said Barron whose Bears were whistled for just 12 fouls compared to George Washington’s seven.

Maine will play Navy in the Navy Classic Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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