Colonials Stomp Spiders, 70-59, Stay Tied for First in A-10
GW (14-5, 7-1) Stays Tied with Charlotte for First in the A-10 with Victory Over Richmond (8-13, 3-6)
Jan. 29, 2006
RICHMOND, VA - The Colonials (14-5, 7-1) defeated the Spiders (8-13, 3-6) for the 11th consecutive time, 70-59, at the Robins Center in Richmond, VA. GW remains tied with Charlotte, for first place in the Atlantic 10 with a 7-1 conference record. Kimberly Beck led the Colonials with 17 points, 14 in the second half, while Jessica Adair had a career-high 14 points 12 of which came in the first half. The Colonials have won 12 of their last 14 games and are 8-1 in games played in 2006.
The Spiders led early in the game after hitting three-consecutive three-pointers, going up 9-4 less than two minutes into the game. The Colonials cut the lead to one, five minutes into the game and went ahead for good with just more than nine minutes left in the first half. GW extended the lead to as many as 15 points but went the final five minutes without and field goal. The Colonials held on despite the Spiders pressure by making 16 of 21 foul shots in the second half. Beck was a perfect 6-6 from the line and Kenan Cole, who finished with 12 points, made a career-high six foul shots on nine attempts.
The Spiders had four three-pointers in the first eight minutes but only one more, despite 18 total attempts, the rest of the way. Sarah Williams made three from behind the arc for 11 points and Amber Petillon finished with a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds. The Spiders outrebounded the Colonials 37-31 and were even with GW with 13 second chance points. This is only the third game that the Colonials have won when being outrebounded and all five of their losses have come when they lost the battle of the boards.
The Colonials had 12 steals in the first half alone which later led to 17 points off of 23 Richmond turnovers. Jessica Adair dominated inside accounting for GW's 32-22 advantage in points in the paint. Adair was unstoppable offensively and went 6-6 in the first half breaking her career-high in just one half. She finished with 14 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left to play.
Whitney Allen led GW with nine rebounds and was just one board and one point shy of a double-double. Jessica Simmonds did not score until the second half, but finished with six points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a team-high 36 minutes. Beck made three three-pointers and had four assists.
The Colonials play next at Xavier (14-5, 5-4) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Musketeers have the same overall record but are seventh in the A-10 standings. GW won the last meeting at home 64-58. GW returns home, where it has won its last nine, a week from Monday to play Saint Louis for the first time.