Game 11 of the Atlantic 10 WBB tournament and the first game of the semi finals featured the #1 George Washington Colonials v #5 VCU Rams. It was a hard fought battle on the hardwood as the Rams outscored the Colonials in the second and fourth quarters but shots falling to fall in the third for the Rams and extra points from the line for GW in the fourth allowed George Washington to outlast VCU and advance to the finals with a 72 -58 victory.
George Washington was led by Lauren Chase in the first quarter. She contributed 6 points for the Colonials and set a fast pace for the Colonials. Jessica Ogunnorin contributed 6 points and 3 rebounds for the Rams and Isis Thorpe added 4 defensive boards. GW led 19-11 at the buzzer.
Ashley Pegram was VCU’s offensive weapon in the second quarter adding 11 points. The Ram defense was effective in slowing the Colonials down and limiting them to 30% shooting during the second segment. Caira Washington added 7 points for GW and the Colonials led 37-31 going into half time.
GW regained their offensive footing (50%) in the third quarter outscoring VCU 16-7. The Rams struggled in the field shooting 15.8% but their defense still helped limit opportunities with GW taking the fewest shots during this quarter. GW were able to stretch the lead to 53-38.
The Rams sparked in the fourth quarter as Adaeze Alaeze got hot adding 9 of her 11 points in the final segment. In an aggressive final 10 minutes VCU battled and got back to a 6 point differential with 2:30 remaining. The Colonials were able to stretch back out on a layup and free throws to claim a 72 -58 victory.
The Colonials were led by Caira Washington with a double double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Hannah Schaible added 12 points and Lauren Chase scored 11. Jonquel Jones adding 11 points and 18 rebounds for another double double.
Ashley Pegram had another standout performance leading with 13 points and adding 5 rebounds. Adaeze Alaeze added 11 and Chaddaryl Clay contributed 10 including 2 from long range. Jessica Ogunnorin and Isis Thorpe were major disruptors of the Colonial offense and grabbed 8 rebounds each.
George Washington will play the winner of game 12 in the championship on 3/6/16.
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