GW Victorious Versus Saint Joseph's, 64-56
Colonials Improve to 2-0 in Conference With Third-Straight Victory of Year
Jan. 8, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials (9-4, 2-0) remained unbeaten in conference with a 64-56 win at Saint Joseph's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. GW had three players in double digits, led by sophomore guard Sarah-Jo Lawrence who finished with 17 points, while playing a game-high 39 minutes. Kenan Cole and Whitney Allen chipped in with 11 points each.
The Colonials won by eight points in a game that featured 11 lead changes. GW pulled away in the second half by shooting better than 55 percent after holding a slim one-point lead, 28-27 going into halftime. Cole and Lawrence both had nine points in the second half and Lawrence shot 7-15 from the field. Allen scored seven in the second half and had eight rebounds, five steals and three blocks on the afternoon. Jessica Simmonds who fouled out late in the game finished with eight rebounds, eight points and three steals.
The Colonials came out in the second half and continued their run to 10 unanswered point before the Hawks could score. The Hawks only shot 26.3 percent in the second half and finished shooting 31.7 percent in the game. Saint Joseph's led for much of the first half and by as many as five points before the Colonials took over and were in charge for almost the entire second frame leading by as many as 11.
Saint Joseph's scored off of the opening tip and kept the Colonials from scoring from the field until Beck finished a fast break 2:36 into the game. GW later went on a 6-0 run led by Allen who finished two consecutive fast breaks with baskets. GW held the Hawks scoreless for five minutes before Saint Joseph's went on a 7-0 run to go ahead 18-15 on a three pointer by Timisha Cornish, who finished with a game-high 18 points. Cole answered the perimeter shot with a three of her own only to be answered by Jen Oyler, who finished with 11 points on three three-pointers.
The Colonials took the lead again briefly by making four consecutive foul shots, the final two of which were made by Chantelle John who checked in for Jessica Adair who was injured on the foul. Lawrence made consecutive layups, the second off of her own open-court steal, to cut the lead to one, 27-26. Jazmine Adair had three consecutive rebounds the last of which resulted in a put-back to put GW back in front, 28-27 going into halftime.
The first half featured nine lead changes. GW kept Saint Joseph's from scoring for the final two minutes of the half going into the locker room with on a 6-0 run. In the first half, the Hawks shot 40 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line and were a perfect 4-4 from the foul line. GW was only 35.5 percent from the field and 33.3 from the three-point line while shooting 62.5 from the foul line.
GW returns home to play #24/23 Temple at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader with the men's team. Temple narrowly escaped the Explorers when it took overtime for them to beat La Salle. The men tip off against Saint Louis 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.