GW Continues On in A-10 Tournament
March 6, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - W#1 George Washington (22-7) advanced to the championship game of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship with a 63-44 rout of W#3 Richmond (23-7) in the semifinals of the tournament on Sunday, March 6 at the Smith Center. It will be the ninth time the Colonials have advanced to the title tilt, tied with Saint Joseph's for the most of any A-10 squad. The Colonials have won the tournament four times, most recently in 2003.
GW scored the first eight points of the second half versus the Spiders to extend its 25-23 halftime margin to 33-23 with 16:38 left on the clock. A pair of Kelly Roche free throws snapped the scoring drought for Richmond, but a jumper by sophomore Kenan Cole put the Colonials back up by 10. With GW still owning a 10-point lead, it went on a 17-5 run to take its largest advantage of the game, 63-41, with 2:28 to play. Senior Liz Dancause scored all seven of her points during the stretch. Richmond tallied the last three points of the contest to produce the final score.
Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana again paced GW with 16 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals. Freshman Kimberly Beck notched 11 points, including 10 in the second half. She contributed a semifinal record seven steals, which also tied her with four players for the tournament standard.
The Colonials held Richmond to just 13 field goals (13-44, .295) in the game. Sixteen of the Spiders' points came from the free-throw line where they were 16-of-21 (.762). Alison Mitchell tallied a team-best 13 points, while Kelly Roche and Christina Campion each scored seven.
GW led early in the game 12-5, but Richmond scored six straight points to pull within one at the 10:07 mark of the first half. Richmond tied the score, 17-17, on a three by Kelly Roche with six minutes to go in the period and the Colonials led by two, 25-23, at the break..
The triumph extended GW's home-court winning streak to 22 games, the third-longest in team history.
The Colonials shot 51 percent from the field (25-49), hit four three pointers in the contest, and forced 20 turnovers.
The Buff and Blue will face #16/16 Temple (26-3), in the championship game of the tournament on Monday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. with the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship at stake. The Owls advanced to the title game with a win over W#2 Xavier in the first semifinal. The game will be telecast live nationwide on ESPN2. Dave Ryan will handle the play-by-play duties and Rebecca Lobo will provide color analysis.