Colonials Drop a Heartbreaker to Saint Joseph's, 64-62
Jan. 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington (8-5, 2-1) lost its first home conference game since 1999 after senior Cathy Joens (Irvine, CA/Calvary) missed the third of three free throws, which would have tied the game. Elizabeth Mohan made one of two to secure a 64-62 victory for Saint Joseph's (8-4, 3-0) on Saturday, January 10.
Saint Joseph's held a six point lead with :25 seconds left, but junior Anna Montaņana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria El Pilar) hit a three-pointer off of a steal to cut the lead to three. Erin Brady missed two free throws to open the door, and Elizabeth Mohan fouled Joens to give her three shots and a chance to tie the game. Joens drained the first two, but couldn't knock down the third after Saint Joseph's called a timeout to ice her.
"You could say the timeout caused me to miss the shot, because I missed it," commented Joens on the free throw. "It's a shot I should make, other times I've made it, but today, it just didn't fall."
The game was close throughout the second half until the Hawks jumped ahead 56-50 with 3:36 left. Joens then hit a three and had a steal and a layup to cut it to a one-point deficit. But, Saint Joseph's responded when Amra Mehmedic made her only shot of the game, a three pointer from the corner, to stretch the lead back to four.
The Colonials were led by Montaņana, who tied her career high with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds. Joens finished with 16 points and four assists. Senior Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hastings) battled through foul trouble to finish one rebound shy of her fourth double-double of the season, with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Both teams shot well below their season averages with GW shooting 39% (22-57) and SJU shooting 37% (22-59). Each defense forced the other team into tough shots, but both teams did a nice job handling the ball, with the Colonials only turning the ball over 12 times, while Saint Joseph's only gave it up 10 times.
Next, the Colonials will go out-of-conference to take on the Yale Bulldogs (2-9) on Monday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.