Women's Basketball Clinches West Division Crown and Top Tournament Seed
Feb. 23, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA - George Washington rode 23 points by senior Cathy Joens on their way to a victory to clinch the number one overall seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, and claim the regular season West Division title.
La Salle kept the game close in the first half, answering each run by GW with one of their own, as the Colonials were unable to pull away from the Explorers, holding a 23-21 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half. GW would extend the lead to four versus the scrappy LU team, holding a 33-29 edge at the half.
GW opened the second half with a 10-4 run to extend their lead to a game-high 10 points behind a pair of three-pointers from Joens and senior Lindsey Davidson and forced La Salle to call a timeout.
Joens lifted GW to a 15-point lead following the Explorers' timeout, scoring seven-straight points to take a 50-35 lead with 14:10 remaining in the game. However, La Salle would counter with a 25-11 run over the next ten minutes to trim the Colonials' lead to a single point, 61-60 with 3:29 remaining in the game.
On the day that she would be named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, Joens would hit a clutch three-point shot, her fifth of the game, to give the Colonials a four-point lead with 2:56 remaining. Consecutive steals by Joens would deny La Salle a scoring opportunity with time running down, and sophomore Anna Montaņana gave GW a six-point lead with a 15-foot jumper with 1:04 left in the game.
However, La Salle senior Bonnie Randa pulled the Explorers within three points 66-63, with her fourth three of the game and 45.8 seconds remaining. GW respond with a two-point field goal by junior Marsheik Witherspoon, to give GW a five-point lead with 16 seconds on the clock. GW converted two free throws in the waning moments to give them the 70-63 victory and the West Division crown.
In addition to Joens' 23 points, Oha and Montaņana scored in double figures with 16 and 10 respectively. The Colonials travel to Pittsburgh, PA for their next game on Thursday, February 27, at 7:05 p.m. versus Duquesne.