GW Survives and Advances By Defeating La Salle, 64-61
March 6, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Cathy Joens scored two of her 12 points on a backdoor layup and Ugo Oha took a critical charge as George Washington squeaked by La Salle, 64-61, on Saturday, March 5. The Colonials suffered through a five-minute scoring drought in the second half, but managed to make key plays and will advance to play the winner of the Saint Joseph's/Duquesne game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.
"We just didn't make shots," explained head coach Joe McKeown. "We had a big lead, but La Salle started making shots."
The Colonials held a comfortable lead for most of the game and were ahead by nine, 58-49, with 7:15 left. But, La Salle scored the next 10 to take a one-point lead with 1:56 to play. Oha drained two free throws, but Kat Foley powered in a layup to give the lead back to the Explorers.
On the next trip, Anna Montanana hit Cathy Joens for a beautiful backdoor layup to give GW the one-point lead. La Salle came right back and freshman Crista Ricketts drove from the foul line. Oha stepped in to take the charge, which negated the basket and forced Ricketts to the bench with her fifth personal.
Marsheik Witherspoon, who tied tied with Joens for a team-high 12 points, hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to help the secure the victory as La Salle's last second attempt fell short.
The Colonials had four players score in double figures led by Joens and Witherspoon. Anna Montanana added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Ugo Oha dominated the paint, scoring 10 points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking five shots.
GW shot 50 percent (25-50) on the day, but only went 3-10 from behind the arc. La Salle shot 41 percent (26-62), but guard Jill Marano was unconscious, going 7-10 and 5-7 from the three for a game-high 19 points.