Colonials Fall at #24/25 Temple, 72-64
Montañana and Simmonds Combine for 42 Points in Loss
Jan. 27, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The George Washington women's basketball team (12-6, 5-2 Atlantic 10) got 22 points and 20 points, respectively, from seniors Anna Montañana and Jessica Simmonds, but it wasn't enough as #24/25 Temple (16-3, 8-0 Atlantic 10) held on for a 72-64 victory Thursday night at the Liacouras Center.
Montañana was 7-of-18 from the floor, including two three-pointers and made all six of her free-throw attempts. She also grabbed eight rebounds and registered two assists and three steals. Simmonds drained seven of her 15 field-goal attempts and was 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. She nabbed seven rebounds. It was the second time this season the duo reached the 20-point plateau in the same game (Dec. 6 at BYU).
In a contest full of scoring runs, GW withstood an early surge by the Owls, who built a 24-8 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Colonials responded with a 19-0 scoring spree to take a 27-24 margin with 1:56 left in the opening frame. Simmonds and Montañana combined for 13 points in the run. The Owls' Cynthia Jordan snapped Temple's scoring drought, tying the game on a three at the 1:10 mark. GW's defense held Temple scoreless for 8:56 and forced 11 turnovers during the stretch. The Owls' Ashley Morris followed Jordan's three with a trifecta to give the hosts a 30-27 edge at the break.
Temple regained an eight-point advantage, 35-27, as Jordan opened the second half with a three and Candice Dupree knocked down a pair of free throws. With Temple ahead 39-30 and 16:22 left, GW rallied again, outscoring the Owls, 17-9, over the next 5:08 to get within one, 48-47, at the 11:14 mark. Montañana keyed the run, scoring the Colonials' first five points in the stretch. This time it was the Owls' turn as they notched the game's next seven points to extend their lead to eight, 55-47, with 7:57 left to play. They increased the margin to 10 on a three by Kamesha Hairston with 5:06 remaining. The Colonials sliced the lead to five twice, the second time with 49 seconds left in regulation, but the Owls held on for the win.
Freshman Kimberly Beck played all 40 minutes for GW and contributed seven points to go along with a game-high six assists and four steals. Sophomore Whitney Allen also chipped in seven points before fouling out with 59 seconds left.
Jordan paced the Owls with 26 points, including 18 in the second half. Dupree and Hairston each notched double-doubles for Temple. Dupree finished with 18 points and 12 boards. Hairston tallied 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Temple hit 23 of their 51 field-goal attempts (.451), including seven treys. The Owls also drained 19 of their 28 attempts (.679) from the free-throw line and they were 17-of-24 from the charity stripe after halftime. GW shot .377 from the floor (23-61) for the game and buried 15 of their 19 free-throw attempts (.789).
The Colonials return home to face Rhode Island on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Prior to the contest, Montañana will be presented with a ball commemorating her 1,000th career point, which she scored against Massachusetts on Jan. 9. It is also Alumnae Night at the Smith Center. Several former GW women's basketball players will be on hand and will be recognized at halftime, including Darlene Saar Graybeal, Karin Vadelund, Marlo Egelston, and Vesna Perak.