Colonials Fall at La Salle, 65-53
Explorers Snap 24-Game Losing Streak Versus GW
Feb. 5, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The George Washington women's basketball team (13-7, 6-3 Atlantic 10) lost to La Salle (9-11, 3-6 Atlantic 10) on Friday, February 4, 65-53, at Tom Gola Arena. It was just the second time the Explorers have ever defeated GW and the first time since Dec. 28, 1981, breaking the Colonials' 24-game series winning streak.
GW senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana recorded her third double-double of the season with a team-best 20 points and 11 rebounds. She passed Leslie Bond on GW's all-time scoring list and now ranks 17th with 1,115 points. Montañana also recorded three assists to surpass the 400-career assist plateau. She ranks fifth on that career ledger with 402 helpers, four shy of tying Marlo Egleston for fourth place.
La Salle used an 11-0 second-half run to take control of the game and turn a 34-32 edge into a 45-32 advantage with 10:53 left in the contest. The Colonials sliced the lead to eight 45-37 on a layup by sophomore Kristina Gineitis at the 8:44 mark, but the Explorers went on a 17-10 scoring burst, capped by a pair of Shaune McLaughlin free throws, to increase their margin to 15, 62-47, with 2:57 remaining and held on for the 12-point victory.
The Colonials never led in the contest and La Salle's Crista Ricketts got the Explorers going early, scoring the game's first five points. With GW trailing by two, 10-8, Ricketts and McLaughlin combined to score 10 of La Salle's 11 points in an 11-6 scoring run that made the count, 21-14, with 3:35 to go in the first half. GW responded with a basket by Montañana, a Beck three, and a layup by senior Liz Dancause to pull within two, 21-19, but La Salle ended the half by scoring seven of the game's next nine points to take 28-21 margin at the half.
Ricketts finished with a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Meghan Wilkinson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Explorers.
La Salle won the battle of the boards, outrebounding GW, 48-35. They shot .439 from the floor (25-57), including seven three-pointers. The Colonials shot just .294 on the night (20-68).
GW returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Smith Center when it hosts Dayton at 2:00 p.m.
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