Women's Basketball Slashes Xavier, 65-49
Ugo Oha Paces GW with 24
Jan. 3, 2004
CINCINNATI, OH - George Washington (7-4, 1-0) exploded into conference play on Saturday, January 3, at Cintas Center by hammering Xavier (8-3, 0-1), 65-49, in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated. Senior Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hastings) led the Colonials with 24 points and seven rebounds, while moving into 11th place all-time on GW's scoring list. Senior Cathy Joens (Irvine, CA/Calvary) also moved up on the list versus Xavier, scoring eight points to move into 9th place.
The Colonials jumped out to a 31-9 lead and ended up shooting 54% from the field in the first half. Xavier went on a late 9-0 run, but GW was still up 13 at the half. GW came out of the locker room on fire and built the lead back to 27 with 13 minutes to go in the game. They put it in cruise control for the rest of the evening and ended up with a strong conference opening victory.
Joens added nine rebounds and four assists to go along with her eight points, while junior Anna Monta?ana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria El Pilar) added 11 and senior Valerie Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Ft. Lauderdale) scored eight for the Colonials. Again, GW held the oppositions leading scorer under her average as Tara Boothe had only 12 on 3-14 shooting.
GW ended up shooting 57% (28-49), while holding Xavier to 28% (17-60). The Colonials were outrebounded 39-32, which included 23 offensive rebounds. GW will have to clean up the boards better if they expect to keep winning as they move through conference play.
The Colonials will try to make it two-for-two in Ohio, when they take on the Flyers of Dayton on Monday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m.