Colonials Win Sixth Straight
GW Rips Off 17-8 Second-Half Run; Bests Duquesne, 68-60
Feb. 24, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials (19-7, 12-3 Atlantic 10) won their sixth straight decision with the help of a 17-8 run at the start of the second half, and held off Duquesne (9-17, 4-11 Atlantic 10) for a 68-60 triumph at the Smith Center on Thursday, Feb. 24.
GW trailed, 35-34, at the half, but ripped off six straight points to begin the second frame and took a 40-35 lead with 17:26 to left to play. After a jumper by Duquesne's Nicole Sinclair, senior Jessica Simmonds scored six of GW's next nine points to put the Colonials ahead, 51-43 at the 10:50 mark.
The Colonials stretched their lead to as many as 14, 62-48, but the Dukes quickly cut the deficit in half, trailing by seven, 62-55, with 3:05 left on the clock. Duquesne closed to 63-58 with a 1:21 remaining, but senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana sank 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to secure the eight-point triumph.
It was GW's 19th consecutive home victory dating back to last season and the third-longest such streak in team history. It also ranks as the sixth-longest active home-court winning streak in Division I.
Montañana scored a game-high 20 points and added 10 rebounds to record her fifth double-double of the season. It was also the fourth straight time she has tallied at least 20 points and eighth time she has reached that plateau this season. Simmonds finished with 15 points, all in the second half on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Sophomore Whitney Allen chipped in 10 points and senior Liz Dancause grabbed nine rebounds, one short of her career high to go along with six points. Sophomore Amanda LoCascio saw her first game action since Jan. 16, playing seven minutes and registering two rebounds.
Duquesne led by as many as eight points in the first half, but GW trimmed the margin to three, 35-32, on a three by freshman Kimberly Beck and buckets by Montañana and Dancause. A layup by Montañana with two seconds to go in the stanza cut the visitors' edge to 35-34 at the break.
The Dukes had four players score in double figures. They were lead by Maria Stankevich's 15, while Aiga Bautre and Nicole Sinclair each had 13. Loui Hall finished with 10, and Stankevich paced the Dukes with eight boards.
With the victory GW improved to 21-0 all-time against the Dukes at the Smith Center.
The Colonials can lock up their 14th 20-win season with a victory in their regular-season finale on Sunday, Feb. 27 against La Salle. Tip time is 2:00 p.m. at the Smith Center.