Women's Basketball Drops Season Opener to Virginia, 66-53, at Smith Center
Colonials Match UVa in Second Half After 36-23 First-Half Deficit
Nov. 18, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC -The Colonials (0-1) lost their first game of the season, 66-53, to Virginia (1-0) in front of 1,240 at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. After falling behind in the first half, 36-23, GW match UVa with 30 points in the second half. Virginia's senior Tiffany Sardin recorded her first career double-double with a game-high 14 points and career-high 12 rebounds. Kimberly Beck paced GW with 13 points on three three-pointers and six assists while playing a game-high 39 minutes.
Virginia never trailed and led by as many as 22 points midway through the second half en route to their 10th-straight win against the Colonials. "Our team was very ready to play," said coach Debbie Ryan. The Cavaliers opened the game on a 5-0 run while the Colonials missed their first six shots. After a slow start, the Colonials closed the gap to one, 11-10, after running off six-straight points.
In the second half, GW battled back with a 20-13 edge over the final 11 minutes sparked by Sarah-Jo Lawrence's eight second-half points. The sophomore finished with 10 and scored four-straight points to help GW to a 7-0 run midway through the second half. GW finished the game on a high note an 8-0 run helped by Lisa Steele who hit her first three-pointer and finished with a career-best six points.
Virginia edged GW in rebounds with a 43-34 margin scoring 17 second-chance points, compared to the Colonials 11. GW also had 15 turnovers, eight from Beck alone, leading to 20 UVa points. Jessica Simmonds had nine points and seven rebounds helping GW to a 28-24 edge in points in the paint. Starting in her first game, freshman center Chantelle John had six rebounds, five of them in the first half.
Virginia also got 14 points from Takisha Granberry and 13 from Siedah Williams. Sophomore guard Sharnee Zoll earned a career-high eight assist and scored 11, seven from the foul line. GW struggled as a team from the line making only four of 12 shots (3-10 in the second half), while UVa missed only one of their 12 attempts. GW scored 12 bench points to Virginia's eight, after the Colonials had no points from the bench in their only preseason exhibition game, a 75-53 victory versus the EV1 All-Stars.
Up next for the Colonials is a Thanksgiving break trip to the Bahamas to compete in the Junkanoo Jam. GW opens on Friday against #19/24 Purdue who defeated Butler, 85-59, in their first game of the year. On Saturday, GW will play either #12/12 Texas or South Carolina. The Colonials return home to face #2/1 Tennessee at Smith Center on Wednesday, December 7.
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