Colonials Trounce UMMC Ekaterinburg, 70-55
GW Forces 27 Turnovers in Exhibition Victory
Nov. 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's basketball team forced 27 turnovers in its final exhibition game to roll to a 70-55 triumph over Russian club team UMMC Ekaterinburg at the Smith Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The errors proved costly as the Colonials converted the miscues into 26 points. The GW defense also limited Ekaterinburg to just 20 second-half points on its way to the victory.
Senior Jessica Simmonds led the Colonials with a game-high 22 points. She also contributed nine rebounds and three steals. Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana just missed a triple-double, notching 14 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.
GW never trailed in the contest and shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the floor in the first 6:18 of the contest to grab a 19-11 lead at the 13:42 mark of the first half. The Colonials extended their margin to 14, 29-15, on a three-point field goal by Montañana at 9:28. Ekaterinburg cut the GW advantage to eight, 31-23, on a pair of free throws by Iziane Castro Marques with 6:43 to play in the opening half, and Ekaterinburg closed the stanza on a 7-1 run to make the score 41-35 at the break.
In the second half, Ekaterinburg pulled to within five twice on baskets by Agne Abromaite, but the Colonials responded with an 11-2 run to reclaim a 14-point edge, 59-45, with 8:23 left. Sophomore Kenan Cole capped the scoring spurt with consecutive buckets and GW cruised the rest of the way for the 15-point triumph.
Cole finished with eight points and three assists, while freshman Sarah-Jo Lawrence added nine points.
Abromaite paced Ekaterinburg with 16 points, while Castro Marques tallied 15. Elena Legostayeva notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Colonials converted on 17-of-25 attempts from the free-throw line, while Ekaterinburg was 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. GW also held the edge in the rebound column, 48-43.
GW will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 19 at cross-town rival Georgetown. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.