Colonials Extend Winning Streak to Four
Jan. 14, 2005
DAYTON, OH - The George Washington women's basketball team (10-4, 3-0 Atlantic 10) scored the first 16 points of the second half to turn a 12-point halftime advantage into a 28-point margin, and rolled to a 69-41 victory over A-10 West Division foe Dayton (7-8, 1-3 Atlantic 10) on Friday, Jan. 14 at the Frericks Center.
GW led 36-24 at halftime and held the Flyers without a point in the second period until Brittany Holterman broke Dayton's drought with a layup at the 12-minute mark. During that stretch the Colonials registered 16 points to blow open the game. Sophomore Kenan Cole scored the last six points of the run and finished with 10 points on the night. She was one of four Colonials in double figures.
Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana paced GW with a game-high 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was the second straight double-double for the Valencia, Spain native. She how has 1,016 career points and is tied with Carol Byrd for 21st on GW's career scoring list. Her 13 boards were a season high and one short of her personal best. Freshman Kimberly Beck tallied 13 points, including tying her career high with three three-pointers. She also contributed six assists. Senior Jessica Simmonds registered 12 points and chipped in seven rebounds.
With the Colonials ahead 20-19 and six minutes remaining in the half, Beck drilled three straight treys to stretch the lead to 10, 29-19, at 4:46 and visitors outscored the Flyers, 7-5, the rest of period to take 36-24 at the intermission.
Dayton never got within striking distance in the second half. Following GW's 16-0 scoring spurt, the Flyers tallied six of the game's next eight points, but never got closer than 24 points the rest of the way.
Cara Wright and Holterman led Dayton with seven points and Nikki Oakland pulled down nine boards.
The Colonials forced 26 turnovers, leading to 28 points and outscored Dayton, 21-6, in fast-break points. They also held the Flyers to 34 rebounds, nine below their season average, and outrebounded the hosts, 41-34.
Friday night's contest was originally scheduled to be played in the UD Arena, but rising water levels in the building forced the game to be moved to the Frericks Center. It was the Flyers' first women's basketball game in the building since 1985 and its first loss at the venue since 1977.
The victory improved GW's record to 18-0 all-time against the Flyers.
The Colonials will square off against undefeated Xavier on Sunday, January 16 at the Cintas Center. The game begins at 12:00 p.m. and will be carried live on A-10 Television. Larry Rosen and Megan Keating will have the call.