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Colonial women defeat La Salle, fall to N.C. State

The GW women’s basketball team split a pair of road games with a win over La Salle Thursday and a loss at North Carolina State University Sunday.

GW (13-6, 7-2 A-10) will be at the Smith Center for its next two games, facing Dayton at 7 p.m. Friday and Xavier at 2 p.m. Sunday.

North Carolina State 85, GW 72

GW received another strong performance from Noelia Gomez but came up short against North Carolina State in its final regular-season non-conference game.

N.C. State (12-8, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled out to a 46-28 halftime advantage, which the Colonial women wouldn’t overcome. The Wolfpack shot 55 percent from the field for the contest, including 58 percent shooting in the first half.

Gomez kept GW in the game with a game-high 28 points on 14-of-28 shooting, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. She played all 40 minutes.

The Colonial women managed to shoot 46 percent from the field for the game and only turned the ball over 14 times, but N.C. State overpowered them on the glass. The Wolfpack outpaced GW in rebounding 40-24, and outscored the Colonial women in second-chance points, 16-6.

GW made a run at N.C. State in the second half, outscoring the Wolfpack 44-39 on 52 percent shooting from the field. But the absence of Chasity Myers and Khadija Deas because of nagging injuries, and Mandisa Turner’s limited play (two minutes), left the Colonial women with only six players with at least 10 minutes of playing time.

The Wolfpack’s Tynesha Lewis scored a team-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including three three-pointers and five rebounds. Summer Erb put up 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while grabbing eight boards for N.C. State.

Kristeena Alexander was a bright spot for the Colonial women, scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and swiping a game-high four steals. Elisa Aguilar also scored 15 points, including four three-pointers, while dishing a game-high seven assists. Petra Dubovcova was the only other GW player to score in double-digits with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

The Colonial women have managed only one win in six tries against the Wolfpack.

GW 84, La Salle 58

The Colonial women took a 40-19 halftime lead over La Salle and sailed to an 84-58 victory Thursday in Philadelphia.

Noelia Gomez paced GW with a game-high 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Gomez improved on a 17-point performance against the Explorers Dec. 12.

Kristeena Alexander came off the bench to spark the Colonial women with 14 points and four boards in 20 minutes.

“At this point in the season we’re concentrating on dominating teams offensively and defensively and completely stopping them,” Alexander said. “And we’re accomplishing that.”

Defensively GW held La Salle (10-9, 3-6 A-10) to 35 percent shooting from the field for the game, including 24 percent shooting in the decisive first half. The Colonial women forced the Explorers into 28 turnovers, while limiting their own turnovers to 16.

After scoring 10 points against St. Bonaventure, senior Katarina Baskova earned her second career start in place of an injured Mandisa Turner against La Salle. Baskova managed three points and three rebounds.

Elisa Aguilar scored 10 points while dishing a game-high six assists. Reserve Leslie Carlson also scored 10 points, a season high for her, while grabbing four rebounds in 11 minutes of play. Corrin Reid came off the bench for seven points, seven rebounds and three steals.

-Marc Birnbaum contributed to this report.

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