Colonials Advance to A-10 Championship Semifinals
GW's 22-2 Second-Half Run Keys Victory
March 5, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's basketball team (21-7) went on a 22-2 second- half run to take control of the game and went on to defeat Fordham (10-21) 62-51 in the quarterfinal round of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday, March 6 at the Smith Center. GW, the top-seed in the West, will take on the winner of Richmond/Rhode Island at 4:00 p.m. in the tournament semifinals on Sunday, March 6.
The Colonials trailed the Rams, 35-31, with 13:42 to go in the game, but scored 22 of the game's next 24 points to turn a four-point deficit into a 16-point advantage, 53-37, with 6:05 to go in regulation. The Colonials hit six three's during the scoring spree, three by senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana and three by A-10 Rookie of the Year freshman Kimberly Beck. A pair of free throws by the Rams' Jada Jefferson broke the drought, but Fordham could not recover.
Montañana scored a game-high 19 points and hit four treys, one shy of her career high. She was 6-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-7 from behind the arc. She also contributed three steals. Beck tied her personal best with four triples and scored 12 points. She also notched seven assists in the contest, moving her past Elisa Aguilar and current assistant coach Lisa Cermignano into ninth on GW's single-season assists ledger with 148. Senior Jessica Simmonds added 13 points, nine of them coming in the first half.
The Colonials missed seven of their first eight shots in the game and fell behind, 12-4, with 13:52 left in the first half and trailed by 14, 19-5, with 11:20 to go in the opening period. GW reeled of a 13-4 scoring run to make the count 23-21 with 3:16 left to play in the half and tied the game at 26 on a jumper by sophomore Kenan Cole at 1:38. Fordham scored the last four points of the half on four free-throws, after a personal foul and a technical foul were called on Montañana, to take a 30-26 edge at the break. In the second half, the Rams tallied the first four points of the period to take an eight-point lead before the Colonials surged in front.
The triumph marked GW's 21st consecutive home-victory and first win over Fordham in the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Colonials are 11-0 all-time against the Rams.
George Washington buried a season-high nine three's in the game and fired .643 from long range (9-14), the seventh-best three-point shooting percentage in tournament history. The Colonials nine makes were tied for the sixth-most in the history of the championship.
Jada Jefferson led Fordham with 15 points and Monica Mack contributed 12 points to go with a game-high seven boards.
Both Atlantic 10 semifinal pairings will be telecast on the Atlantic 10 Television Network. Larry Rosen and Meagan Leckey have the call beginning at 2:00 p.m. with E#1 Temple taking on W#2 Xavier. GW's semifinal tilt will tip off 20 minutes after the end of the first semifinal.