Montanana Reaches 1,000 Career Points in 58-52 Win Over Massachusetts

Jan. 9, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC - Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana became the 22nd player in team history to record 1,000 points as the Colonials (9-4, 2-0 Atlantic 10) defeated Massachusetts (8-6, 1-2 Atlantic 10), 58-52, in their A-10 home opener on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Smith Center. Montañana scored 13 points in the contest and now has 1,002 for her career.

Montañana was 4-of-18 from the field, including two three's, and hit three of her four free-throw attempts. She joined current GW assistant coach Lisa Cermignano as the only two Colonials to notch at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 300 assists. Montañana also contributed a season-best 12 boards and dished out six assists against the Minutewomen. It was her first double-double of the season and the ninth of her career.

The victory was the 200th conference win for GW head coach Joe McKeown, who is the league's all-time winningest coach in conference play with a record of 200-48 (.820).

The Colonials survived a late scare from Massachusetts, which rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to pull within three, 54-51, with 19 seconds remaining, but Montañana and freshman Kimberly Beck each hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The Buff and Blue trailed by four on two occasions in the first half, but took their first lead, 16-15, on a triple by Montañana with 3:23 left in the period. A layup by senior Jessica Simmonds and another Montañana trey increased GW's lead to six, 21-15, with just under two minutes to go in the half. After a three-pointer by the Minutewomen's Katie Nelson, Beck drilled the Colonials' third consecutive three-point field goal with two seconds on the clock to give GW a 24-18 halftime lead.



GW used a 12-4 scoring run to begin the second half and extend their advantage to nine, 36-27, with 12:03 to play. After another Nelson three, back-to-back layups by Sarah-Jo Lawrence put the Colonials ahead, 40-30, halfway through the second period. The Minutewomen stayed within striking distance, however, and with GW leading 48-40, Massachusetts went on a 13-6 scoring spurt to set the stage for the final seconds.

Simmonds notched her second straight double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the contest. Her 13 caroms tied her career high. Beck also finished in double figures with 11 points, including hitting all five of her attempts from the charity stripe. She also chipped in seven assists.

Nelson led the Minutewomen with 13 points and Pam Rosanio added 11. Brooke Campbell finished with 13 rebounds and six points.

The Colonials tied their season high with 43 rebounds in the game and held the Minutewomen to 30 percent shooting (18-60). Eight of Massachusetts' 18 field goals were three's, tying Brigham Young for the most treys by a GW opponent this year GW launched a season-high 21 shots from beyond the arc, making five (.238).

The victory improved GW's record to 31-7 all-time against the Minutewomen, including a 17-1 mark at home. The Colonials have now won 13 straight games on their home court.

The Colonials will travel to Dayton on Friday, Jan. 14 to take on the home town Flyers. Tip time is 7:00 p.m.

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