Colonials Lose West Division Showdown at Xavier
Jan. 16, 2005
CINCINNATI, OH - George Washington (10-5, 3-1 Atlantic 10) suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling to West Division rival Xaiver (10-5, 4-0 Atlantic 10), 57-42, in front of 2,051 fans at the Cintas Center. The defeat stopped GW's season-best winning streak at four games.
Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana led the Colonials with 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting, including three three-pointers. She moved into 19th place all-time in scoring with the performance and now has 1,035 career points, passing Myriah Longergan (1,029) and Gloria Murphy (1,032). Montañana also added three assists and four steals against Xavier. She now has 381 career assists, the eighth-highest total in team history.
The Colonials grabbed an early 9-2 lead versus the Musketeers at the 15:39 mark of the first half. A jumper by sophomore Kenan Cole at 12:56 extended GW's margin to 11-4, but the Musketeers went on a 9-1 run to take their first lead of the contest, 13-12, at 8:38. A Montañana basket with 8:28 to play in the opening half gave GW the lead back, but the Colonials were held without a field goal for the rest of the half. Xavier outscored GW 13-2 during that stretch to make the score 26-16 at the break.
A Montañana hoop with 19:25 left in the game broke the field goal drought. With the Colonials trailing by eight, 32-24, and 16:03 remaining, the Musketeers used another scoring spurt, this time a 9-0 run over the next 4:45 to salt the game away, taking a 41-24 advantage with 11:48 left. The Colonials cut the Xavier lead to 12, 44-32, on a jumper by senior Jessica Simmonds at the 8:55 mark, but that's as close as GW would get.
Sophomore Whitney Allen registered a career-high four steals in the contest and matched her personal best with seven rebounds. Simmonds finished with eight points, seven boards, and four steals.
Tara Boothe paced Xavier with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor. She also added six rebounds and four steals. Adeola Olanrewaju grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and contributed eight points, while Michele Miller scored 14 points for the Musketeers.
Xavier won the battle of the boards, outrebounding GW, 41-31. The Musketeers defense also held the Colonials to 30 percent shooting as a team (15-50). Xavier was 22-of-54 from the field (.407).
The Colonials return home to host another A-10 West Division opponent, Richmond, at the Smith Center on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Tip time is 6:30 p.m.