Late Run Pushes George Washington Past Greyhounds

Dec. 27, 2008

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Siobhan Prior made a 3-pointer with 7:18 to play, cutting George Washington's lead to four, but the Colonials finished the game on a 19-3 run to defeat Loyola, 53-35, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game.

Loyola (7-5) held the host Colonials (7-4) to under 28-percent shooting from the field in the game's first 36 minutes, but George Washington five of its six shots from that point forward to pull away for the victory.

Preseason All-America candidate Jessica Adair recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the host team, including five points on two consecutive possessions under three minutes that put the Colonials up by 16.

"Jessica Adair is a terrific player, but I thought that we did a good job of forcing her away from some of her strengths today," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "She is a 6-foot-4 player, but we did a very good job with double-teaming her in the post and making her find other players in the offense."

Adair scored the first four point sof the game, but she then did not score again unto 6:35 was left in the first half. Loyola, meanwhile slowed the game with a deliberate half-court offense and held George Washington to 24 points in the first half, its second-lowest output of the season.

Candice Walker and Meredith Tolley hit threes on two of Loyola's first three second-half possessions, cutting a seven-point George Washington halftime lead to just a point, 24-23, with 16:46 to play.

The Colonials extended it back to seven, 36-29, when Tiana Myers made a free-throw line jumper with 10:22 to play, but the Greyhounds held them scoreless over the next 3:38 until Ivy Abiona made a layup to go up six.

Prior's three, one of her two in the game, came with the shot clock under two seconds, making it a four-point game with just over seven minutes left, but the Greyhounds would go 0-for-9 from the field over the following six-plus minutes.

Prior finished with a team-leading 12 points, while Kaitlin Grant recorded a career-high 15 rebounds.

George Washington's 53 points were its third-lowest efforts of the season after scoring 48 at Kentucky and 51 against 10th-ranked Auburn.

"Defensively, we did a very good job of executing our game plan with only having one day to plan for this game (following Christmas break)," Logan said. "Since early in the season, Alex Berlin has entered the starting line up and become a defensive stopper for us, and today Siobhan drew a very touch match-up with Antelia Parrish and held her to just two points."

Parrish entered the game leading the Colonials with a 12.8 points per game average.

The game was Loyola's last non-conference affair of the regular-season. The Greyhounds resume Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Sunday, January 4, with a 1 p.m. game at Fairfield.