No. 25 George Washington Suffers Upset to Minutewomen in Final Seconds
GW lost to Massachusetts for its first A-10 loss and only its second loss in the last 12 games
Jan. 22, 2006
AMHERST, MA - The #25/25 Colonials (12-5, 5-1) lost their first Atlantic 10 game of the season to Massachusetts (5-13, 2-5) in the closing seconds at Mullins Center. Kate Mills scored the last seven points of the game for the Minutewomen including two foul shots with 10.4 seconds left to complete the 55-53 upset of GW. Kimberly Beck had tied the game at 53 with 43 seconds left on her fourth three-pointer but it was not enough as GW lost for only the second time in its last 12 games.
Beck's four three-pointers tied her career high and kept the game deadlocked until the closing seconds of the game. Beck also hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to put the Colonials ahead by six points, their largest lead, at the half with a 25-19 score. GW went on an 8-0 run going into halftime capped by two Beck three-pointers in the final 32 seconds, she finished with a team-high 14 points.
Massachusetts opened the second half on a 13-4 run keyed by Pam Rosanio who scored the first 10 of the Minutewomen's second half points. She finished with a game-high 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Mills finished with a double-double on 11 rebounds and 13 points, nine of which came in the second half.
GW went 0-9 to start the game before scoring its first basket five-and-a-half minutes into the game. Kimberly Beck made a three-pointer to tie the game at three. The Colonials did not take their first lead until the final minute of the first half when Kimberly Beck hit her second three-pointer with 32 seconds left in the first half to put GW ahead 22-19. Beck drained another three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Colonials in front by six points going into halftime. GW had six steals in the half but were outrebounded 19-12 by the Minutewomen. GW went on an 8-0 run to end the first half.
Massachusetts opened the second half on a 13-4 run keyed by Pam Rosanio who scored the first 10 of the Minutewomen's second half points. She finished with a game-high 17 points 13 of which came in the second half. Mills finished with a double-double with 11 rebounds and 13 points nine of which came in the second half. She put UMass ahead 51-50 with 1:28 when Kate Mills hit a lay-up in traffic and made the subsequent foul shot. Mills also made a turnaround jump-shot on their next possession.
Pam Rosanio scored the first 10 points for Massachusetts in the second half and the Minutewomen went on a 13-4 run to take a 32-29 at the 15:39 mark in the second half. GW took the lead again at the 13:45 mark on Jessica Simmonds first field goal and led until the final minute of the game.