WASHINGTON, D.C. - A big second half by George Washington lifted the home team past the Butler women's basketball team 77-60 on Sunday afternoon.
Tara Booker had a double-double for the Colonials with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Chakecia Miller led all scorers with 18 points.
GW picked apart the Bulldogs for 43 points in the second half, coming on .654 shooting. The game was close at halftime when the Colonials used dribble penetration to build its lead. Slices to the basket by Miller and a pair of jumpers by Megan Nipe suddenly put GW ahead 47-36. An 11-4 run followed that, and the Bulldogs would trail 58-40 with 10:13 remaining.
Butler's deficit climbed to 71-51 at the 4:00 mark and BU wouldn't get closer than 15 the rest of the day. The Bulldogs picked up full court after made baskets to try and cut into the lead, but GW executed its press break well and ended up with lay-ups. The home team scored an 18-8 advantage in points in the paint in the second half.
George Washington (11-12, 5-4) led 7-1 early but the Bulldogs used a 10-3 spurt capped by a Schippers 3-pointer to take an 11-10 lead at the 13:53 mark. It was the long-range shooting of the Colonials that made the difference in the first half, however. GW, which came into Sunday making 3.2 treys per game, was 6-for-12 from range in the first half. Butler led 26-24 at the 3:05 mark but Jackson hit a pair of 3-pointers 25 seconds apart to give GW a 30-28 lead. The Colonials got four inside points to close the half and lead 34-28 at halftime.
Booker and Mostafa each had eight points in the first half to give George Washington an effective inside-out combination. The Colonials also owned a 26-16 rebounding (13-5 offensive). One positive for Butler in the first 20 minutes was a 12-2 points off turnovers advantage.
George Washington finished 8-for-14 from 3-point range and had a 45-23 rebounding edge (18-8 offensive). The Colonials had 23 assists on 30 field goals and shot .484 on the day.
Butler (14-9, 5-3) has another tough road assignment coming up this week. BU goes to Charlotte, which owns a 7-1 A-10 record, Wednesday, Feb. 13.