GW Makes It Three-In-A-Row Topping La Salle, 85-72
Jan. 18, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - George Washington improved to 11-5 and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 after defeating La Salle (8-7, 1-4), 85-72, on Sunday, January 18 at Tom Gola Arena. The Colonials were led by senior Cathy Joens (Irvine, CA/Calvary Chapel), who scored 27 points. Fellow senior Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hastings) put up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six blocks. The game wasn't nearly as close as the 13-point margin, but the Explorers put on a late run to cut down what had been a 20-point lead for most of the game.
The Explorers stayed close for part of the first half, but the Colonials put together a 26-8 run midway through and held a 45-29 advantage at halftime. The lead hovered around 20 for most of the second half, but a flurry from La Salle's leading scorer, Kat Foley, who finished with 24 points, gave the Explorers some hope. But, solid free throw shooting (20-25, 80 percent) by the Colonials kept the Explorers at bay as GW secured their fourth conference victory on the season.
Senior Valerie Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Ft. Lauderdale) went 7-7 from the field and 5-8 from the free throw line to tie the career high she set just two games ago with 19 points, while reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, Anna Montaņana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria El Pilar), had another strong game with 13 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Marsheik Witherspoon (Opa-Locka, FL/American Senior) had her second straight solid game with seven points and four assists.
GW will try and continue its hot shooting when they travel to what will surely be a chilly Olean, NY to play St. Bonaventure on Friday, January 23.