George Washington’s had five women score in double figures as the Colonials earned its first postseason victory since 2008, defeating East Carolina, 86-68, March 19 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
GW (22-10) advances to face Villanova in the second round of the WNIT March 23 at 1 pm, in Philadelphia after the Wildcats (23-8) defeated Quinnipiac, 74-66, in first-round action Wednesday evening.
The Colonials mixed something old with something new beautifully at the Smith Center. The result was a dominate marriage. Graduate student Megan Nipe led the Colonials with 20 points, including a perfect three-for-three from three-point range while adding three steals. Classmate Danni Jackson (Dumfries, Va.) poured in 18 points and recorded eight assists and four steals. Freshman Caira Washington (Brandywine, Md.) posted her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go with three blocks.
Junior Chakecia Miller and sophomore Jonquel Jones (Riverdale Baptist) each chipped in 10 points to round out GW’s double-digit scorers. Miller added five assists and three steals and Jones had six rebounds and four blocks. Freshman Hannah Schaible also pulled down 12 caroms to go with seven points.
Once ECU got within eight with 90 seconds left, the Colonials made 10-of-12 free throws down the stretch and added a bucket by sophomore Dalacy Anderson in the final minute to seal the 86-68 victory.
Shae Nelson led the Pirates with a game-high 23 points with three treys and Jada Payne had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
GW on the boards ECU, 55-48 in rebounds, and held a 40-26 advantage in points in the paint.