Women's Basketball Works Overtime to Beat Minutewomen
Feb. 13, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington won a physical overtime battle, topping the visiting University of Massachusetts 65-59 at Smith Center.
GW (16-6, 10-1) played their fifth overtime period in the last two games tonight, coming off a quadruple-overtime loss at Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Colonials would not let this game slip away versus Massachusetts (12-10, 4-7), as the Minutewomen charged back from a 10-point halftime deficit to send the game to an extra frame.
The Colonials controlled the first half, forcing 11 turnovers and converting them into 10 points. GW sprinted out to a 10-point lead, holding a 22-12 edge with 11:15 left in the half. Massachusetts would cut into the lead with a 6-0 run late in the period to narrow the gap to just three points, 26-23 2:59 left on the clock. However, GW countered with a 7-0 run to close out the half and take a 33-23 lead into the break.
The Minutewomen began the second half the way the Colonials finished the first, rattling off a 7-0 run on three unanswered field goals to pull back within three at the 18:35 mark, 33-30. GW countered to extend their lead back to seven. The Minutewomen and Colonials battled through the second half, as GW held off run after run from Massachusetts.
The Minutewomen finally broke through the tough GW defense, tying the game 50-50, with 3:48 remaining in regulation. A lay-up by the Minutewomen's senior center Jennifer Butler gave Massachusetts their first lead of the game, 52-50 with less than three minutes on the clock. Senior guard Cathy Joens answered the challenge with a three-point shot to regain the lead, 53-52. Massachusetts' Nekole Smith made it 54-52 off a lay-up with 1:42 remaining.
With the game in question, GW ran a play after a timeout, feeding the ball to junior Ugo Oha, who converted a lay-up to give GW a 55-54 edge with 10 seconds on the clock. Following a timeout with by Massachusetts with four seconds remaining, Butler drove toward the basket from the wing, drawing a shooting foul with .8 seconds on the clock. Butler would miss the first and convert the second, sending the game into overtime.
GW took control of the game in the overtime period, opening the extra period with a 6-0 run to take a 61-55 lead with 3:23 on the clock. Massachusetts would miss six of their eight shots in the extra frame, and lose, 65-59.
Sophomore forward Anna Montaņana led all scorers with a career-high 20 points on 7-12 shooting adding five rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes of play. Joens and Oha both scored in double figures, with 16 and 13 points respectively. Oha collected her 500th career rebound during the game, becoming the 13th player in GW history to accomplish the milestone.