WASHINGTON, D.C. - The William and Mary women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought decision to George Washington, 58-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. Senior Taylor Hilton led the College with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. Down by as many as 18 in the second-half, W&M trimmed the deficit to four on multiple occasions late in the contest, but GW held on for the narrow victory. The Tribe falls to 1-3 on the season, while George Washington improves to 2-1.
Senior Emily Correal finished the afternoon with seven points and eight rebounds, while classmate Jaclyn McKenna also chipped in with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor. Junior Kaitlyn Mathieu tallied seven points and ripped down eight rebounds, while the duo of sophomore Jazmen Boone and freshman Brooke Stewart scored five points apiece.
For the game, the College shot 15-of-56 (26.8 percent) from the field, while it stymied the Colonials to shoot 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) from the floor. W&M netted five 3-pointers on 16 attempts (31.3 percent), while holding GW to just three treys on 15 chances (20 percent).
In a defensive minded first half, the College raced out to a 5-0 advantage courtesy of McKenna's 3-pointer, which was followed by senior Chanel Murchison's jumper from the baseline. However, the Colonials answered with a 7-0 spurt and led, 7-5, with 13:52 remaining in the half.
After McKenna's jumper at the 13:22 juncture tied the contest, 9-9, George Washington scored 11 points over the next six minutes and owned an 18-11 lead with 7:14 left to play. Stewart cut the deficit to four, 22-18, after the Topsfield, Mass., native drove baseline, through traffic, and laid it in off the glass. The Colonials ended the half with a bucket and a pair of made free-throws as it led, 26-18, after the opening 20 minutes of action.
Much like the first half, the second stanza started with both teams imposing their defensive will. Almost eight minutes into the frame, the squads had combined for only 10 points as a tenacious half-court mentality from the Green and Gold kept the GW offense stuck in neutral. However, it was the Colonials who held the advantage, 32-22, with 12:12 remaining in the affair.
The College seemed destined for a rally as Boone cut the GW margin to eight, 32-24, with a layup at the 11:50 mark. However, the Colonials responded with eight straight points, six of which coming from graduate senior Tara Booker, as it increased its lead to 40-24 with 10:26 left to go.
Trailing 48-30 with 4:40 remaining, the Green and Gold utilized a 17-3 run as it zapped the GW advantage to four, 51-47, with a minute left in the game. Hilton ignited the charge with a layup and capped the 14-point advantage with a trifecta with a minute left in regulation. During the spurt, Hilton accounted for eight points on two 3-pointers while Stewart and Mathieu tallied three points apiece. In addition, Correal's 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:17 remaining cut the GW lead to six, 50-44.
A McKenna lay up with 49 seconds left to play kept the Tribe alive, 53-49, but the Colonials sealed the win by netting five-of-six free throws down the stretch.
The College returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 24, when it plays Austin Peay in the University of Texas at San Antonio's Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament. Tip-off against the Governors from San Antonio, Texas is slated for 8 p.m.