Montañana's Career-High 26 Points Leads GW Past Hawks
Beck Sets GW Freshman Assists Record
Feb. 18, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana tallied a career-best 26 points and the Colonials (17-7, 10-3 Atlantic 10) survived a late Saint Joseph's (6-19, 4-9 Atlantic 10) rally to pull out a 60-55 triumph at Alumni Fieldhouse on Thursday, Feb. 17.
Montañana was 10-of-25 shooting for the game and scored 17 points in the second half to spur GW to victory. She was 6-of-9 from the free-throw line against the Hawks, including sinking a pair of foul shots with 14 seconds left to put the game out of reach. Montañana also contributed 12 rebounds in the contest for her fourth double-double of the season. Her performance moved her past Trish Egan on the Colonials' career scoring ledger. Montañana is now 15th all-time with 1,196 career points.
GW looked to have the game wrapped up, leading by 12, 56-44, with 2:26 left to play, but five straight points by the Hawks' Ayahna Cornish cut the lead to 56-49, and a steal by Maura McBryan on GW's next possession led to layup to bring Saint Joseph's within five, 56-51, with 1:23 remaining in regulation. After Montañana drained two free throws, Cornish answered with two of her own to keep it a five-point margin, 58-53, at the 1:02 mark. A turnover by Montañana led to a basket by the Hawks' Erica Pollock to make it a three-point game with 20 seconds left, but Montañana stepped to the free-throw line with 14 seconds on the clock and calmly sunk both charity shots to seal the win.
The triumph was career victory No. 425 for GW head coach Joe McKeown, a Philadelphia native, and graduate of Father Judge High School. He now owns a 425-152 overall record in 19 seasons as a Division I head coach.
Sophomore Kenan Cole and freshman Kimberly Beck each added nine points in the game for GW. Beck also registered seven assists to break the GW freshman assists record, held by Kathy Marshall, which had stood since 1981-82. Beck now has 128 helpers on the year.
The Hawks took an early 9-8 lead in the contest with McBryan scoring seven of their first nine points. A basket by freshman Sarah-Jo Lawrence gave GW its first lead of game, 10-9, with 11:35 left to play in the first half and the Colonials owned a 23-17 advantage before Saint Joseph's netted six straight points to tie the score at 23. Beck hit two free throws to put GW up 25-23 at halftime.
The Colonials began the second half with five consecutive points to take a 30-23 advantage with 16:37 remaining, and eventually increased their margin to nine, 41-32, on a layup by Beck following a Montañana steal. The Hawks got within five points on three occasions before GW scored nine of game's next 11 points to set the stage for the game's final minutes.
McBryan finished with 20 points, including four three's, to lead Saint Joseph's and Cornish notched 16 points for the Hawks, all of which came in the second half.
GW wraps up the 2004-05 regular season with three games at the Smith Center. The Colonials begin the homestand with a showdown against A-10 West leader Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 20. Game time is 2:00 p.m.