Montañana's Last Second Free Throw Lifts GW to Victory on Senior Day

Feb. 27, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Anna Montañana buried a free throw with 4.6 seconds remaining to lift GW (20-7, 13-3 Atlantic 10) to a 47-46 victory on Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Smith Center. The triumph gave the Colonials at least a share of the A-10 West Division championship for the fifth time in six seasons.

With the game knotted at 45, Montañana started to drive the lane and was fouled by La Salle's Jill Marano. After a 30-second timeout by the Explorers, the 6-1 senior, playing her final regular-season game at the Smith Center, made the first free-throw to put the Colonials ahead, 46-45. Montañana's second foul shot rimmed out and was rebounded by the Explorer's Davineia Payne. Payne raced the length of the floor and had a chance to win the game, but her desperation heave clanged off the back of the rim as time expired.

The triumph gave the Colonials their sixth consecutive 20-win season and the 14th in Coach Joe McKeown's 16 years at GW. The victory also locked up a bye and the West Division's No. 1 seed for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship, which will be held at the Smith Center. The Colonials will play a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m against the winner of Dayton versus Fordham/Massachusetts.

Sophomore Kenan Cole paced GW with a career high 13 points in the contest on 6-of-14 shooting. Her 14 field goals were also a personal best and she tied her personal high with seven rebounds. Montañana finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

GW led 13-4 with 11:34 left to play in the opening half, but the Explorers outscored the Colonials, 15-6, over the next 10:21 to tie the game at 19-19 with 55 seconds left in first period. A jumper by Monica Garrido-Sanz sent the Explorers in the locker room with a 21-19 halftime margin.



In the second half, neither team led by more than four points the entire period and GW held a 46-42 advantage at the 1:20 mark. A jumper by Shaune McLaughlin cut the Colonials margin to two, 46-44. After the Colonials came up empty on their next possession, Kimberly Beck fouled Payne with 11 seconds to go. Payne sank both free throws to set the stage for Montañana's heroics.

Payne led the Explorers with a game-high 15 points, while Lamera Ferguson contributed seven points and a game-high 11 boards.

The game extended GW's home winning streak to 20 games and improved its home mark to 11-0 all-time against La Salle.

The Explorers outrebounded the Colonials, 42-28, and were 17-of-49 from the field (.347). GW connected on 20 of its 55 field goal attempts (.364).

The 2005 Atlantic 10 Championship tips off with four opening-round games on Friday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m. at the Smith Center.

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