Colonials Upset No. 25 Richmond, 69-57

Jan. 19, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington (11-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10) handed #--/25 Richmond (14-2, 5-1 Atlantic 10) its first conference loss of the season, beating the Spiders, 69-57, on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Smith Center. It was the Colonials' second win over a ranked opponent this season.

The victory improved GW's record against ranked foes to 2-2 on the campaign. The Colonials also knocked off then-No. 24 Villanova on Dec. 1. The triumph also extended GW's home-winning streak to 14, the fourth-longest such streak in team history and the third-longest active streak in the NCAA.

Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana moved up on several career list with her performance against the Spiders. She finished the game with 14 points to move into 18th on GW's career scoring list (1,049 points). The forward was 5-for-12 from the floor with three triples. Montañana's three treys vaulted her past Colleen McCrea for ninth on GW's career three-point field goals made list. She has 83. Montañana also recorded three assists against Richmond to move into seventh all-time with 384.

The Colonials came out blazing, knocking down five of their first six shots from the floor to claim a 11-6 lead 3:39 into the game. The Spiders roared back with nine consecutive points, seven of them by Saona Chapman to take a 15-11 margin at the 13:50 mark. The contest remained close as neither team could gain more than a two-possession advantage for the next 10 minutes, but with score tied at 25, GW closed the half with a 10-3 run to take a 35-28 lead at the intermission. Montañana closed the scoring spurt with a four-point play, connecting on a free throw after she drilled a trey from the top of key with 11 seconds left in the half.

The Colonials continued to build its margin, scoring seven of the second half's first nine points to gain a 42-30 lead with 16:32 left to go. With GW ahead 45-32 at the 12:16 mark, the Spiders reeled off a 14-4 run capped by a Kate Flavin layup to get within three, 49-46, at 8:21. The Colonials responded with consecutive hoops by senior Jessica Simmonds and a Montañana three to go up nine, 56-47, with 6:41 remaining and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.



In all, eight Colonials found the scoring the column against Richmond. Simmonds finished with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Freshman Kimberly Beck notched 11 points and sophomore Whitney Allen and senior Liz Dancause each tallied eight points. Beck dished out seven assists and Allen and Montañana each grabbed six boards to pace GW on the glass.

Kelly Roche led the Spiders with 20 points, including three three's. Chapman finished with 13 points. The Colonials' defense held Flavin, the A-10's top scorer, to eight points, nine below her season average. Flavin registered a team-high six boards.

GW outrebounded the Spiders, 32-26, and shot .518 (29-56) from the floor. Richmond finished at .440 (22-50).

The win improved GW's all-time record against the Spiders to 9-1, including a 5-0 mark at the Smith Center.

The Colonials will host St. Bonaventure at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23.

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