Lawrence scores career-high 29 points and George Washington beats No. 10 Texas A&M 66-65
WASHINGTON (AP)—Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored a career-high 29 points, but she wasn’t sure at first if her biggest shot of the night was enough to keep George Washington alive against No. 10 Texas A&M.
Lawrence hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to tie the game at 60 with 4.3 seconds left, but as time ran out the scoreboard had only credited the Colonials with two of the points. After a brief confusion, the final point was added. The game went to overtime, and George Washington came out with a 66-65 win.
“I was real confused,” Lawrence said. “I didn’t know what to expect. But they called it a 3, and we went to overtime.”
After Lawrence’s shot, the Aggies (9-2) quickly inbounded the ball and dribbled up the court as if to avoid a foul, not taking a final attempt.
When the clock ran out, the scoreboard showed George Washington (9-3) down by one point, but the officials quickly signaled Lawrence’s shot had been a 3, sending the game to the extra period.
“My point guard’s job is to know the situation, and she thought we were up by one,” Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said. “And hell, I did too for a minute when I looked at the scoreboard. … But we’re supposed to overcome that.”
Lawrence showed poise in helping George Washington send the game into overtime, coach Joe McKeown said.
“She’s one of the few players we’ve ever had that can create her own shot whenever she wants,” McKeown said. “For her to hit that 3 without rushing it, to me showed a lot of poise.”
Patrice Reado had a career night of her own for Texas A&M with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but it turned out to be the Colonials’ night.
In overtime, neither team seized control. Both shot 1-for-6 from the floor in the extra period, but George Washington held a 66-62 lead—built mostly on free throws—in the final seconds.
Texas A&M’s Danielle Gant hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to cut the lead to one, but George Washington inbounded the ball and avoided a foul to run out the clock.
Until Lawrence’s shot to end regulation, Texas A&M had seemed to take control of the game with a 12-3 run. George Washington went more than three minutes without a score before the game-tying 3.
“I really thought we had the momentum going into overtime, even though she hit the three,” Reado said. “They hadn’t scored in the last three minutes of (regulation), so we felt like our defensive pressure would help us to overcome that three-pointer and win the game.”
George Washington was without leading scorer Jessica Adair, who sat out the game after suffering a mild concussion in the Colonials’ previous game against Loyola-Marymount. Adair dressed for the game but did not play, never taking off her warmups on the bench. McKeown said he expects Adair to be ready to play in the Colonials’ next game Dec. 30 against Pepperdine.
Blair said the Aggies’ La Toya Micheaux was also suffering affects of a concussion. When the team toured the White House earlier in the week, Blair said Micheaux nearly fainted and was looked at by the President’s physician. Micheaux played four minutes and scored two points.
Texas A&M also lost starting forward Damitria Buchanan with four minutes left, when she limped off the court with an injury to her left ankle. She did not return. Blair said he did not know the extent of the injury, but he thought it might be a sprained ankle. “We’re hoping that’s all it is,” he said.
It was the second-straight win for George Washington against the Aggies. The Colonials beat Texas A&M 59-47 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this March, keeping the Aggies from a Sweet Sixteen berth.
Blair and McKeown are friends off the court, but Blair said the Colonials’ return trip to College Station will be the end of the on-court meetings.
“One more game at our place next year, and this is the last time we will face each other unless it’s in the NCAA’s or on the golf course,” Blair said. “It’s too hard.”