Women's Basketball Loses Quadruple Overtime Marathon Versus Xavier, 94-92
Feb. 9, 2003
CINCINNATI, OH - The Colonials battled through four overtime periods finally falling to Xavier in a heartbreaking 94-92 loss, ending their 11-game win streak and giving them their first conference loss of the season.
George Washington (15-6, 9-1) and Xavier (15-7, 7-4) clashed for the second time this season in a rivalry that has become one of the most competitive in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials, who won the first meeting between the squads this season, entered a hostile environment, and faced a desperate team in the Musketeers who's post-season hopes could have been lessened with a loss to the Colonials.
XU took the game to GW from the outset, as the Colonials found themselves trailing by as much as eight points in the first half. GW struggled to find a rhythm on offense, as leading scorers senior Cathy Joens and junior Ugo Oha saw double and triple teams whenever they touched the ball.
The Colonials, who shot just 35.5% (11-31) for the half, cut XU's lead to three, 28-25 by the break. Oha scored eight points in the first half, recording her 1000th point at the 4:42 mark.
The Musketeers built their lead back to six points early in the second half, but an 18-6 run by the Colonials gave them their largest lead of the game, 47-41 with 7:30 remaining in regulation. XU closed the gap as GW was called for seven fouls over the next seven minutes to put the Musketeers on the line. Despite making only two field goals over that time, XU converted 13 of 14 free throw attempts, giving them the lead 58-55 with 11 seconds left in the game and completed a 17-8 run by the Musketeers.
With the clock winding down, GW drove down the court following a timeout by the Musketeers. Sophomore Greeba Outen Barlow grabbed the rebound off a missed three-point attempt and shot a buzzer-beating three that found the bottom of the net, to send the game into the first overtime.
XU opened the first overtime with a 6-0 run, putting GW in the hole 64-58. The Colonials responded with a 7-0 run of their own, with senior Erica Lawrence, sophomore Anna Montaņana and senior Lindsey Davidson hitting consecutive field goals to give GW the one-point edge, 65-64 with less than two minutes on the clock.
XU responded with lay-ups by Alexis Henderson and Tara Boothe to put the Musketeers back up by three, 68-65 with 28 seconds remaining in the overtime period. Junior Marsheik Witherspoon took the ball the length of the court and drew a foul on Boothe on a made lay-in with 21 seconds on the clock. Witherspoon tied the game with the clutch free throw, and the Musketeers were unable to score as time ran out, sending the game into a second overtime.
Waugh opened the second overtime with a three-point shot, giving XU the 71-68 edge. Barlow responded with a jumper to pull GW within one. A lay-up by Boothe and two free throws by Henderson gave the Musketeers a four-point advantage at the 2:50 mark, but Montaņana would answer for the Colonials. The junior forward responded with a baseline jumper and then converted two free throws to knot the game at 74-74 with two minutes remaining. Neither team would score again, and the game entered the third overtime.
In the third overtime, Lawrence made a pair of free throws to give the Colonials an early 76-74 lead. However, XU's senior guard Reeta Piipari would start to heat up, nailing a 25-foot three pointer to put the Musketeers back up by one. Lawrence and senior Cathy Joens responded with back-to-back field goals to regain the lead, 80-77. The two teams exchanged lay-ups as time wound down and GW maintained its three-point edge with 56 seconds remaining. Boothe would step up for the Musketeers, drawing the foul on a made lay-up, and tying the game at 82-82 on the ensuing free throw. GW was unable to score, and the game was sent to a fourth extra period.
The game turned for GW on a wild series to open the last overtime period. XU's Boothe drove the baseline drawing a foul on Montaņana who appeared to block Boothe's shot cleanly. Montaņana protested the call to official who immediately issued a technical foul, her fifth of the game, which disqualified the sophomore forward.
The Musketeers converted all four free throws, and put the Colonials in an 86-82 hole to begin the fourth overtime. GW responded with a 4-0 run to tie the game off a lay-up and two made free throws by junior forward Valerie Williams. Piipari carried her hot-hand into the fourth extra frame, hitting another long three. Joens would pull the Colonials back within one with a baseline jumper, but Piipari canned a floating jumper in the land to give XU a three-point lead, 91-88.
Lawrence would convert one of two free throw attempts for GW on the next series to pull GW back within two, and XU's Aida Sarajlija would do the same on the Musketeers end, to extend the lead back to three, 92-89. Barlow drew a foul, but missed the open end of the two foul shots. Waugh drew another whistle with 12 seconds remaining, and made both attempts to give XU a 94-90 lead. GW pushed the ball up the court, and tried to make a quick field goal, but missed the first attempt. Davidson would make a short jumper but time would run out on the Colonials and gave the Musketeers the 94-92 victory.
GW had four players score in double-figures, led by Joens with 21 points. Barlow added 16, Williams netted 12 and Oha recorded a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards in a foul-shortened night that saw the junior center disqualified with 24 seconds left in the second half. The Colonials also got solid production from Davidson, Montaņana and Lawrence who chipped in nine points each. Davidson and Montaņana also dished out six and five assists respectively. Witherspoon, in addition to her key three-point play, added six total points and four assists to round out an excellent team effort.
XU was led by freshman Tara Boothe who set career-highs in points and rebounds, scoring 31 and grabbing 19 boards. Despite shooting 12-43 combined from the floor, the backcourt duo of seniors Waugh and Piipari scored 20 and 22 points respectively.
GW returns home to host Massachusetts on Thursday, February 13, in a 7:00 p.m. game in the first of a three-game home stand.