Women's Basketball Pounds Xavier, 81-59
Jan. 13, 2002
CINCINNATI --- The George Washington women,s basketball team extended its
winning streak to four with an 81-59 over Xavier on Sunday at the Cintas
The Colonials shot a season-best 52.4 percent from the field in the win.
Xavier falls to 6-10 on the year and 1-3 in Atlantic 10 action. GW is 9-6
overall and 4-0 in league play.
Xavier opened up a quick 5-0 lead over George Washington, but the Colonials
wasted little time responding, using a 27-2 run to take a 28-7 lead with
just under nine minutes left to play in the half.
The Colonials led by as many 26 at three different times during the first
half and were up 46-25 at halftime.
GW was able to maintain its lead thanks to hot shooting in the opening 20
minutes. The Colonials shot 55.9 percent from the field (19-34) and 54.5
percent from three point range (6-11) in the opening half.
The Musketeers, however, struggled to shoot just 32.1 percent from the field
in the first half, including an 0-10 performance from three point range. It
was the first time Xavier went without a field goal in a half since going
0-8 in the second half against Saint Joseph,s on Feb. 16, 2001.
The Musketeers opened the second half with a 9-2 run to close the gap and
trail 48-34 with 16:43 left to play.
Later in the period, GW led by 18, 56-38, with 11 minutes remaining.
Xavier used a 7-0 run to close within 11, making it 56-45 with nine minutes
GW answered right back, using a 19-3 run over the next five minutes to take
a 75-48 lead and put the game away.
Elena Vishniakova tied her career high with 25 for GW. Cathy Joens added 21
on 5-7 shooting from three point shooting and Ugo Oha recorded a
double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Reetta Piipari led Xavier with 16 points. Kate Kreager added 13 and Amy
Waugh finished with 10.
The win was the 157th in league play for GW coach Joe McKeown, giving him
the most conference wins in A-10 history. He is 157-41 in 13 seasons in the
league. He moves past former Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz who was 156-28 in