GW Women's Basketball Sneaks Past Tennessee Fury, 76-74
Joens Scores 18, Montanana 14 with Eight Rebounds
Nov. 13, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hasting) helped George Washington secure a 76-74 preseason exhibition victory over the Tennessee Fury by blocking former Colonial standout Kristeena Alexander's lay-up with one second left on the clock, Thursday night at Smith Center. The block was one of two on the night for Oha to go along with 16 points and five rebounds. Senior Cathy Joens (Irvine, CA/Calvery Chapel) led the Colonials with 18 points on 6-13 shooting and Alexander paced the Fury with 14.
"I thought we did a lot of good things," said head coach Joe McKeown. "We got up by 10 or 12, but we just couldn't put them away."
GW held a 13-point lead with 12:12 left in the game, but the Fury wouldn't give up and tied the game at 70 with 2:14 left. The lead see-sawed back and forth before Joens hit a free throw to put GW up 76-74 with 10 seconds left. Alexander tried to tie the game with a drive to the hoop but her shot was blocked out of bounds by Oha. A desperation shot at the buzzer fell short and the Colonials escaped with the two-point victory.
The Colonials jumped out to a 19-7 lead and kept the lead around double figures for most of the game. Junior Anna Montanana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria el Pilar) scored 14 points in the first half and helped GW take a 43-33 lead into the half. Rochelle Luckett, who played her college basketball at Virginia Commonwealth, led the Fury with 10 points at the half.
The Colonials shot just over 50 percent for the game compared to the Fury's 42 percent and did a nice job of working the ball around for open shots, tallying 19 assists on 28 field goals.
GW opens the regular season by hosting crosstown rival Georgetown on November 21 in a 7:00 pm game at Smith Center.