PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 — Twice this season the GW women’s basketball team has hit big shots when it needed them at the end of a game. At Temple Saturday afternoon, the Colonials could not make the magic happen a third time.
No. 13 GW fell 68-66 to the Owls, ending its 19-game regular-season Atlantic 10 winning streak. It is also the Colonials’ (14-4, 2-1 A-10) first loss since Dec. 1. The win is Temple’s second in six games and a huge boost to a team with a sagging record (9-10, 2-1 A-10) due to its tough strength of schedule.
Senior Sarah-Jo Lawrence drove along the baseline in the Colonials’ last true possession with 12.3 seconds left, but her floating attempt over LaKeisha Eaddy came up just short, hitting the front of the rim and falling into the hands of Jasmine Stone. The Colonials subsequently fouled Stone, who missed the front end of her one-and-one opportunity.
GW had a final opportunity with two seconds left after the rebound caromed off Temple’s Shanea Cotton and out of bounds but junior Antelia Parrish’s inbounds pass was picked off by a slashing Eaddy, who threw the ball into the air to signal the Owls’ completed victory.
Lawrence led GW on the scoreboard, tallying 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Senior Kim Beck added 15 points and junior Jessica Adair had 13 points. Seven of Adair’s points came off free throws in the second half, when the Colonials trailed by as much as 10.
Temple shot 53 percent from the floor and was led by Lindsay Kimmel’s 15 points and Ashley Morris’s 14. Kimmel was the Owls’ sharpshooter, hitting five three-pointers, including three in a four-minute stretch that ignited the crowd of 668.
The game was not without a bit of controversy. After the Colonials had turned an eight-point deficit into a two-pointed lead and with the game now tied, Temple let the shot clock run low before shooting. The ball slid free and out of bounds with just two seconds on the shot clock and on the inbounds pass, Cotton received the ball just to the right of the hoop and tossed up a shot that hit the rim once and dropped through the net. The referees counted Cotton’s shot, though the Colonials’ bench was shouting that she had not released the ball before the shot clock buzzer sounded. The officiating crew did not review the play.
GW coach Joe McKeown was visibly upset that the shot counted.
“Until I look at the tape I have no idea (what actually happened),” McKown said. “I saw zero come up, but until I look at it again I don’t know. They should have gone to the monitor, probably, because you want to be sure in those types of situations.”
GW will try to bounce back from the Temple heartbreaker Jan. 23 when it hosts La Salle. Tip is set for 7 p.m.