GW Ends Non-Conference Slate by Drilling Yale, 90-50
Jan. 7, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's basketball team (8-4, 1-0 Atlantic 10) finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 90-50 drubbing of Yale (2-10, 0-0 Ivy League) at the Smith Center on Friday, Jan. 7. The 40-point margin of victory was the largest since the Colonials thrashed Rhode Island by 52, 90-38, on Feb. 2, 2003.
Eleven Colonials finished in the scoring column against the Bulldogs. GW was led by All-America candidate Anna Montañana and senior Jessica Simmonds who tallied a game-high 18 points each. Simmonds also added 12 rebounds and a career-best seven assists. It was her third double-double of the season. Montañana pulled down nine boards, chipped in six helpers and also had three steals in the contest.
The Buff and Blue never trailed and raced out to a 14-4 advantage 4:19 into the game. The lead swelled to 15, 29-14, on a three-point play by freshman Sarah-Jo Lawrence at the 10:19 mark of the opening period. Another Lawrence hoop and back-to-back baskets by Simmonds extended the margin to 21, 35-14, at 8:39 and GW outscored Yale, 18-13, the rest of the half to take a 53-27 lead at the break.
In the second half it was more of the same as GW opened the frame with a 20-7 run and the Colonials led by as many 47, 85-38, with six minutes remaining. The Bulldogs ended the game with a 12-5 scoring spurt to produce the final score.
Lawrence finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, while sophomore Kenan Cole also ended up in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore Amanda LoCascio made her second career start in the game and notched a personal high four steals to go along with four points, while freshmen Lisa Steele and Audie Fugett each scored their first career points in the second half.
Tory Mauseth paced the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Erica Davis notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Morgan Richards also contributed 12 points for Yale.
GW's 90 points was a season high and the most since they hung 95 on Duquesne on Feb. 15, 2003. Its 53 points in the first half was also a season best. The Colonials fired an even 50 percent from the field (37-of-74) and turned the ball over a season-low nine times in the game. Their defense forced 24 Yale turnovers and GW outscored the Bulldogs, 33-4, in points off turnovers. GW also held the advantage in points in the paint, 60-24, and outrebounded Yale, 41-35.
The triumph extended the Colonials' home-court winning streak to 12 games, which is tied for the fourth longest in team history.
GW head coach Joe McKeown will look to notch his 200th Atlantic 10 victory on Sunday, Jan. 9 when the Colonials host Eastern Division league foe Massachusetts at 2:00 p.m. in the Smith Center.