Women's Basketball Batters Rams, 90-38

Feb. 2, 2003

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WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington won its 10th straight game with a victory over the University of Rhode Island, 90-38, and improved their undefeated record to 8-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

GW (14-5, 8-0) tore out of the gate versus URI (11-9, 3-6), who boasted the top defense in the league, allowing only 58.5 points per game. The Colonials dissected the Rams defense to the tune of a 75% field goal percentage in the first half.

GW tallied 50 first half points, on 21-28 shooting and held the Rams to just seven field goals. URI shot 28% (7-25) from the floor, scoring only 15 first half points. URI did not score a field goal for an 11 minute stretch in the first half, allowing GW to mount an 18-0 run over that span of time. Senior guard Cathy Joens single-handedly outscored the entire Rams offense in the first half with 17 points, and the Colonials took a 50-15 lead into the break.

The Rams were unable to recover in the second half, as the Colonials opened with a 16-6 run over the first six minutes to widen the margin to 66-21 with 12:21 remaining in the game. URI shot just 33.3% in the second half, with GW maintaining their defensive pressure, forcing the Rams into 24 turnovers for the game. The Colonials converted the Rams' miscues into 28 points, and scored 21 points on fast break opportunities.

Joens scored a game-high 28 points on 11-19 shooting, including 5-8 from beyond the arc, and led four Colonials in double figures. Junior center Ugo Oha complemented Joens' outside game with 17 hard-earned points inside and six blocks. Senior forward Erica Lawrence and junior forward Valerie Williams came off the bench to score 13 points apiece. Williams, who has been a key element in GW's win streak, made all six of her field goal attempts, and is averaging 10.6 points over the past five games.



URI was led Laurisa Ewert and Shayla Johnson who each scored eight points in the loss. The Colonials held the Rams' leading scorer Denise King, who was averaging 13.6 points per game, to just three points on 1-4 shooting.

The Colonials head to Ohio to face Dayton on Friday, February 7, and Xavier on Sunday, February 9, in two key Atlantic 10 Conference games.

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