GW Sets A-10 Record for Assists in Victory Over St. Bonaventure
Colonials Record 34 Assists in 97-42 Blowout
Jan. 23, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's basketball team (12-5, 5-1 Atlantic 10) set a new conference record with 34 assists in its 97-42 drubbing of St. Bonaventure (6-12, 1-6 Atlantic 10) on Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Smith Center. The Colonials eclipsed the previous conference mark of 32, which they set against Seton Hall on Dec. 30, 1999.
Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana and freshman Kimberly Beck led the assist parade with 10 and nine helpers, respectively. Beck's nine were a career high. As a team, GW recorded assists on 34 of its 43 field goals (.790).
Beck was one of five Colonials to score in double figures with 15 points, including matching her personal best with three three-point field goals. Senior Jessica Simmonds led GW with 16 points, while sophomore Kenan Cole and freshman Sarah-Jo Lawrence each set personal standards with 14 points apiece. Sophomore Corinne Turner notched a season-best 10 points and was 4-of-4 from the floor. It was the first time since last year's victory over Richmond on Jan. 16, 2004 that five GW players cracked double-digit points in a single game.
GW never trailed in the contest and opened the game with a 15-4 run. A layup by Lawrence with 9:01 left in the opening frame pushed its margin to 17, 28-11. Five straight points by the Bonnies cut the margin to 12, but the Colonials outscored St. Bonaventure, 20-8, the rest of the half to take a 48-24 lead into the locker room.
In the second half it was more of the same as GW continued to increase its lead. The Colonials held the Bonnies to one basket in the first 6:08 of the second half and rattled off 18 points in that stretch to take a 66-28 lead. A jumper by St. Bonaventure's Maripier Malo finally broke the drought at the 13:52 mark. The Colonials led by more than 50 points for the final six minutes of the contest and their advantage swelled to as many as 56, 94-38, with 3:52 left to play.
The Colonials 55-point triumph was their largest margin of victory against an A-10 foe, breaking the previous team record of 52 (90-38) set against Rhode Island on Feb. 2, 2003. It was also the Buff and Blue's largest winning margin since it set the program record for margin of victory (65) against Coppin State on Nov. 27, 1993 (107-42).
GW set the season standard for A-10 teams, shooting .632 from the field (43-68). Its 43 field goals were also a season-best for a league squad and is tied for the third-most made field goals in league history.
Tory Vyborny led the Bonnies with 12 points, while Stephanie Collins added 11 points, including three treys.
The win extended the Colonials' home-court winning streak to 15 games, the third-longest in team history.
GW will travel to Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, Jan. 27 for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with A-10 East Division leader Temple at the Liacouras Center.
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