George Washington used great height, savvy play and hardened tournament experience to dismantle the Boise State women's basketball team this afternoon 76-67. Had it not been for the Broncos' disastrous start (down 19-0), Boise State would have had a chance.
Chalk this one up to experience. The Boise
State women's basketball team
suffered an agonizing defeat at the hands of 13th-ranked George Washington this afternoon in Los Angeles
in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
built themselves a huge mountain to climb from the outset, as if the George
Washington players were not tall enough already. Plagued by poor shooting, the Lady Broncos
fell behind by a staggering 19-0 in the game's opening minutes, not scoring
their first points until seven and a half minutes had melted away on the
clock. The remainder of the first half
was played fairly even, with George Washington up 44-25 at intermission until
the Colonials had built a 27-point second half lead at 59-32. Led by Nadia Begay's
school record eight three-pointers, Coach Gordy Presnell's team staged a
furious rally. With 25 seconds
remaining, the Broncos had cut the lead to nine at 76-67 and had a good look on
another three-point try that would have cut the margin to six.
Begay finished 8-14 shooting with 26 points, four rebounds
and two assists in her final game for the Broncos. Tasha Harris finished with 11 points, nine
rebounds, two assists and a steal. Senior
Michelle Hessing went out with seven points, two rebounds, three assists and
two steals while Rebecca Kepilino hit four points and had four rebounds. Bronco star Jessica Thompson managed just two
points, one rebound and one assist.
6-4 post player Jessica Adair had 15 points and a
career-high 21 rebounds to dominate the inside for George Washington, which
moved to 27-3 with the win. The
Colonials commanded the glass with a 57-32 rebounding advantage. Kenan Cole
contributed 16 points, Kimberly Beck added 14 points,
six rebounds and five assists while Sarah-Jo Lawrence had 14 points, seven
rebounds and four assists.
drops to 24-9 with the loss, but still set a school record for victories this
season. GW will play #16 Texas
A & M in the second round; the Aggies turned back Texas-Arlington 58-50