College Park, Md. ?- No. 25 George Washington (3-0) outscored Arizona (1-1) 10-3 in the final 1:37 of the game to earn a 69-65 win over the Wildcats on Friday in the opening game of the BTI Classic in the Comcast Center.
“This was a very tough loss for our team,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We needed to take advantage of the opportunities we had in this game. We need to get more production out of our post play, and we need more players to step up.”
Junior Ashley Whisonant led the Wildcats with 20 points and six assists while playing before a hometown crowd. Senior Joy Hollingsworth added 15 points, freshman Rheya Neabors finished with 10 points, and sophomore Amina Njonkou chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.
Sophomore Jessica Adair led GW with 22 points, and junior Sarah-Jo Lawrence finished with 17 points.
George Washington opened the game with a 6-0 lead in the first 2:07, but
The Colonials opened the second half with a 9-2 run, and led 33-27 at 14:37, but
Hollingsworth sparked the 10-0 run as she hit a three and scored on a fast-break layup in 23 seconds to cut the deficit to 33-32. Rheya Neabors followed with a three at the 13:19 mark, and Njonkou added a pair of free throws to give
GW would catch up to
Down 64-62, Whisonant had a chance to tie the game with 20 seconds left on a drive to the basket, but her layup went off the rim, and GW sealed the win with free throws down the stretch to avoid the upset.
Arizona will next play No. 1-ranked Maryland on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EST) in the Comcast Center.