Colonials Sweep Season Series Versus Dayton
Feb. 6, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - GW (14-7, 7-3 Atlantic 10) overcame a six-point halftime deficit and outscored Dayton (10-11, 4-6 Atlantic 10), 43-25, in the second half to earn a 71-59 victory over the Flyers on Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Smith Center. The triumph extended the Colonials' home winning streak to 17, the eighth-longest such streak in Division I.
GW trailed 34-28 at the half, but opened the second frame with a 12-2 run to nab a 40-36 lead with 15:08 left to play. Dayton responded with six straight points, including a three by Jennifer Strong to up by two, 42-40, at the 13:59 mark, but a jumper by senior Jessica Simmonds tied the score, and freshman Kimberly Beck scored seven points in the span of 23 seconds, converting on a four-point play and a three-point play to put the Colonials ahead, 49-42, at 11:46. GW never trailed the rest of the way and led by as many as 16, 71-55, before Strong closed the game with two baskets to produce the final margin.
The triumph marked the second time GW has beaten the Flyers this year and improved its record to 19-0 in the all-time series versus Dayton.
Simmonds finished with a game-high 18 points and contributed a career-high six steals and five blocked shots. Sophomore Whitney Allen had her best game in a GW uniform, scoring a personal-best 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. She also grabbed a career-best nine rebounds and established a personal high with five steals in 31 minutes. Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana moved into 16th place on GW's career scoring list with 17 points against the Flyers. She now has 1,132 career points. Montañana also notched six assists in the contest, giving her 408 for her career, the fourth-highest total in school history.
Strong finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Flyers. Cara Wright also recorded a double-double for Dayton with a team-best 17 points and 11 boards.
The Colonials led by six, 14-8, seven minutes into the game, but the Flyers went on a 17-1 scoring spurt to take a 25-15 advantage with 5:16 to go in the first half. GW closed the gap to five four different times in final five minutes of the period, and the visitors owned a 34-28 lead at the break before the Colonials' big second half put the game away.
GW forced 26 Dayton turnovers and converted them into 28 points. The Colonials also recorded 18 steals, one short of their season high, and outscored the Flyers 15-2 in fast-break points. Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field. The Colonials connected on 41.2 percent of their attempts (28-68), while Dayton canned 41.1 percent of its field goal tries (23-56). Dayton held the edge in rebounds, 42-39.
GW will meet A-10 West Division foe Duquesne on Thursday, Feb. 10. Tip off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, PA.