Colonials Begin Conference Play with Triumph at Fordham
Simmonds Ties Career High with 23 Points in 72-50 Victory
Jan. 3, 2005
BRONX, NY - The Colonials (7-4, 1-0 Atlantic 10) used a 13-0 second-half run to blow open a close game and went on to defeat Fordham (4-9, 0-1 Atlantic 10), 72-50, in the conference opener for both teams on Monday, Jan. 3 at the Rose Hill Gym.
GW led by five, 49-44, with 10:04 left to play in regulation, but the Colonials' defense kept the Rams off the scoreboard for the next 5:15 and outscored them, 13-0, during that stretch to take a commanding 62-44 advantage. Senior Jessica Simmonds tallied six of her game-high 23 points during the scoring spurt. Fordham's Lara Hanson broke the drought with a three at 4:19 to make the score 62-47, but that's as close as the Rams would get the rest of the way.
Simmonds was 8-of-13 from the field in the contest and converted 7-of-10 free throws. She also pulled down nine rebounds. Sophomore Whitney Allen tallied a personal-high 10 points, while All-America candidate Anna Montañana and sophomore Kenan Cole also scored in double figures for GW with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Montañana contributed six rebounds, three assists and four steals against the Rams and freshman Kimberly Beck established a new career high with eight assists.
The Colonials never trailed in the game and jumped out to an early 16-7 lead. The Rams responded with a 9-4 run to cut the margin to two, 20-18, at the 7:50 mark of the first half. A Simmonds layup extended GW's advantage to six, 26-20, and the visitors owned a 35-28 edge at the break.
The Rams began the second half with a 10-5 scoring run, capped off with a Monica Mack jumper to slice the lead to 40-38 with 16:02 left. On the GW's next possession, Montañana drained a three, and a layup by Allen put the Colonials ahead, 45-38. The two teams traded points for the next 4:30 to set the stage for GW's game-clinching run.
Mack paced the Rams with 14 points and Vanessa Silva finished with a double-double (13 points and 12 rebounds)
The Colonials had their best shooting game of the season against Fordham, connecting on 26 of its 50 field goal attempts (.520) and their 72 points was a season high. GW's defense forced 29 turnovers, which led to 31 points. The Colonials also dominated the Rams in paint, 34-18.
The Colonials are now 10-0 all-time against Fordham and the victory was the 199th conference win for GW head coach Joe McKeown, the most of any league mentor.
GW returns home for its final non-conference game of the season, against Yale, on Friday, Jan. 7. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.