GW Moves into Tie for Second in A-10 West
Feb. 13, 2005
RICHMOND, VA - The George Washington women's basketball team (16-7, 9-3 Atlantic 10) moved into a tie for second place in the A-10 West Division with a 63-47 triumph against Richmond (18-5, 9-3 Atlantic 10) on Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Robins Center. It was the Colonials ninth straight win against the Spiders and gave GW a sweep in the season series.
GW is tied with the Spiders for second in the division with a 9-3 conference record, one game behind Xavier, which improved to 10-2 in league play with a win against Massachusetts on Sunday.
Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana led GW with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the contest. She connected on all four of her free-throw attempts and also chipped in eight rebounds and seven assists. Senior Jessica Simmonds and sophomore Kenan Cole finished in double figures for the Colonials with 14 points and 11 points, respectively. Simmonds pulled down eight rebounds, while Cole grabbed six.
GW never trailed in the contest and scored the game's first nine points. Consecutive three's by Montañana and freshman Kimberly Beck put the Colonials ahead, 23-10, with 7:32 left in the opening half. A layup by Richmond's Kate Flavin cut GW's lead to eight, 23-15, but the Colonials reeled off a 10-2 run to take a 33-17 advantage with 2:11 left in period and went into the locker room with a 33-19 advantage.
In the second half, Richmond cut GW's lead to 10, 33-23, on a basket by Flavin at 18:52, but the Colonials scored 10 of the game's next 14 points to increase their lead to 43-27 with 16:13 left on the clock. Richmond could not find a consistent scoring presence other than Flavin and GW's margin swelled to as many as 21, 60-39, before the Spiders ended the game on an 8-3 scoring spurt.
Beck finished with eight points, five assists, and four steals for GW. She has 121 helpers this season, one assist shy of tying the GW rookie record of 122 set in 1981-82 by Kathy Marshall. Freshman Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored eight points in 23 minutes off the bench and sophomore Whitney Allen pulled down eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:27 left in game. It was the third straight game in which Allen registered at least eight boards.
GW's defense held Richmond to 27.3 percent shooting (15-55), and the Spiders' 47 points was their lowest scoring output this season. Flavin paced the Spiders with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but no other Spider notched more than five points in the game.
GW closes out its three-game road swing with a 7:00 p.m. clash at Saint Joseph's on Thursday, Feb. 17 before finishing the regular season with three consecutive home dates.