Women's Basketball Tops Spiders in Regular Season Finale, 64-51
March 2, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington held off a second half charge by Richmond, rallying to defeat the Spiders and win their regular season finale, 64-51.
GW (21-6, 15-1) led by as many as nine points in the first half against UR (18-9, 9-7), but were unable to pull away from the Spiders who were playing for a chance at the second seed in the West and the accompanying first round bye. UR pulled within five points, 26-21 on a late bucket by the Spiders' Cammy Desmond just three seconds before halftime.
The Colonials opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 10-point lead with 18:29 remaining in the game, 33-23. However, Richmond would respond with a 14-4 run over the next eight minutes to knot the game at 37-37 with 10:19 on the clock. Both teams experienced uncharacteristic struggles from the floor, as the two top offenses in the conference shot below 40 percent for a majority of the half.
The Colonials picked up the pace in the latter part of the half, pulling away from the Spiders, and extending their lead in the waning minutes of the game. GW used a 27-14 run in the last ten minutes to put the game away, as UR continued its shooting woes, hitting just three field goals over the same period of time. Joens scored 14 of her game-high 25 points in during the run, sealing the victory for the Colonials.
Oha scored 13 points and added five blocks and rebounds for the game, and Lawrence and Greeba Outen Barlow added seven points apiece in the winning effort. UR's Amber Goppert led four players in double figures for the Spiders with 13 points. Desmond added 11 points and Kate Flavin and Ebony Tanner added 10 points apiece.
The Colonials head to the University of Rhode Island to participate in the first three rounds of Atlantic 10 Tournament from March 6-8, at the Ryan Center. GW, who clinched the West Division regular season title and clinched the top overall seed for the tournament, will receive a first round bye facing the winner of the Duquesne-Fordham game on Friday, March 7.