Colonials Defeat St. Bonaventure, 62-41 For 10th A-10 Win
The Colonials (17-6, 10-2) Beat St. Bonaventure (8-15, 2-10) For 30th Win in 31 All-Time Meetings
Feb. 12, 2006
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - The Colonials (17-6, 10-2) defeated St. Bonaventure (8-15, 2-10) 62-41 for the Colonials 10th conference win. It was GW's 15th win in their last 18 games and kept them tied for second in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials have the stingiest defense in the conference and held the Bonnies to just 41 points. Jessica Simmonds led GW in scoring for the second-straight game with 14 points.
GW utilized its height advantage to open the second half, scoring inside with Simmonds and Jessica Adair combining for the Colonials first nine points of the half. With 10 minutes left in the game mark GW had taken a 17-point, 50-33, lead. GW went on a game-high 11-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Bonnies. The Colonials finished with a 21-point victory in their 30th victory out of 31 all-time meetings with St. Bonaventure.
Kenan Cole again scored in double-digits for the ninth A-10 game of 10-plus points out of 12 conference games. Sarah-Jo Lawrence returned to form with 11 points and Jazmine Adair had a team-high seven rebounds including five in the first half. Kimberly Beck had four assists while Cole swiped four steals and Whitney Allen had two blocks. GW shot better than 40 percent while the Colonials held the Bonnies to less than 30 percent shooting.
GW's Jazmine Adair won the opening tip and scored the games first basket on a foul shot just 20 seconds into the game. St. Bonaventure answered and then GW went on a 5-0 run to pull ahead 6-2. The Colonials extended their lead to nine points when they went on a 7-0 run midway through the first half. GW held St. Bonaventure scoreless for more than four minutes to go ahead 24-15.
The Bonnies responded with a 7-0 run to pull within three points of the Colonials while holding GW scoreless for more than three minutes. The Colonials ended the first half on a 7-0 run to recapture their largest lead of the first half at nine. The Colonials went into the locker room ahead 31-22.
Eight Colonials scored in the first half led by Lawrence who had seven. Adair had five first-half rebounds, four of which were offensive but the Bonnies outrebounded GW, 24-19. The Colonials are 12-0 when outrebounding opponents but improved to 5-6 when losing the battle of the boards with their win today and Friday at Duquesne. Today GW had five-fewer rebounds, 44-39, than St. Bonaventure.
GW will play its next two games at home, where the Colonials are enjoying a 10-game home winning streak. The Colonials face La Salle on Friday at 7:00 p.m. followed by an A-10 TV game against Richmond at noon on Sunday. GW then goes head-to-head with No. 19 Temple, which is tied for the second spot in the Atlantic 10 with the Colonials. GW concludes the regular season with its first-ever meeting with Charlotte on Sunday February, 26. Charlotte has been in first place in the A-10 since GW stumbled at Massachusetts, its last loss. Even if the Colonials were at their current one-game deficit behind the league-leader going into the game, they could emerge as regular season champions by way of the head-to-head tie-breaker with a GW win.
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