Colonials Knocked Out Of NCAA Tournament by North Carolina, 71-47
Cole scores 11 to lead George Washington as season comes to a close
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CHAPEL HILL, NC - The ninth-seeded GW women's basketball team (23-9) saw its 2004-05 season come to an end on Tuesday, March 22. The Colonials were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by top-seeded #4/2 North Carolina (29-3), 71-47, at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Eight years to the day of one of GW's biggest wins, the Tar Heels repaid the favor using a 17-5 run in the last half of the first period to take a 31-19 lead and never looked back. The Colonials played the Tar Heels to a 14-14 stalemate in the first 9:52 of the opening stanza, but North Carolina's Ivory Latta scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in that crucial stretch and helped the Tar Heels to a 35-22 advantage at the break.
Consecutive hoops by sophomore Corinne Turner to start the second half whittled North Carolina's margin to 35-26, but the Tar Heels scored the next eight points of the game to take a 43-26 margin with 17:17 to go in regulation. North Carolina's lead swelled to 23, 62-39, on a field goal by La'Tangela Atkinson with 5:47 left and the Tar Heels led by as many as 30 with 4:01 remaining. GW didn't allow another point the rest of the way and tallied eight markers in that span to produce the final score.
Sophomore Kenan Cole paced GW with 11 points and a career-best eight rebounds. Turner chipped in a season-best 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Senior Jessica Simmonds notched a game-high 10 rebounds and added nine points. She also recorded a career-best seven steals.
The Colonials never led in the contest and turned the ball over 24 times. On defense, GW forced 25 UNC turnovers, but managed just 10 points off them to the Tar Heels' 16 points off GW's miscues.
Latta, along with Nikita Bell each scored in double figures for the Tar Heels. Bell scored 16 points to go along with Latta's 17. Camille Little, Leah Metcalf, and Elana Larkins each contributed eight points. Bell and Little each grabbed nine rebounds and Bell also had six steals.
The Colonials shot 25 percent from the floor (15-60), while the Tar Heels were 25-of-55 from the field (.455), including five three's. GW went to the free-throw line 30 times, making 16 (.533). North Carolina connected on 16-of-27 shots from the charity stripe (.593).
The represented the final game in the careers of seniors Anna Montañana and Liz Dancause. Montañana is the only Colonial to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in her career. She ranks in the top 15 at GW in several categories, including points, rebounds, assists, games played and three-point field goals. Dancause finished her four years at GW with more than 200 rebounds and over 300 points.
The Colonials are now 13-12 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.