GW Women's Basketball Begins Season with 67-62 Victory at Georgetown
Nov. 19, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University women's basketball team (1-0) rebounded from an eight-point halftime deficit to outscore Georgetown University (0-1) by 13 points in the second half and defeat the Hoyas 67-62 in each team's season openers Friday night at McDonough Arena.
With foul trouble holding her to just one field goal attempt and two points in the first half, GW senior Jessica Simmonds (South Orange, NJ/Columbia/Providence College) erupted for 15 second-half points and carried the Colonials down the stretch to victory. Simmonds, playing in her first-ever regular season game as a Colonial, led all scores with 17 points.
"They came at us hard in the first half. We couldn't get Simmonds going," GW head coach Joe McKeown said. "But Jessica kept her composure in the second half and played much better."
Trailing 51-41 with 10:09 remaining in regulation, Simmonds scored seven unanswered points to bring GW to within three, 51-48.
Almost three minutes later the Colonials took their first lead of the game 54-53, only to have Georgetown snatch it right back. But senior Anna Montañana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria) connected on four straight free throws and the Colonials pulled ahead again and never looked back.
Montañana also got off to a slow start in the game, shooting 2-for-6 for four points in the first half. But she came alive in the second half to score 11 points, including shooting six for seven from the free throw line, to end up as the game's second highest scorer with 15. She also notched five assists in the contest.
Georgetown senior Mary Lisicky led the Hoyas with 14 points, including 11 in the first half. Senior Varda Tamoulianis grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds for Georgetown and added 10 points.
Colonials' sophomore Amanda LoCascio (Maspeth, NY/Christ the King) and senior Liz Dancause (Nashua, NH/Nashua) each chipped in with seven points and combined to clamp down defensively on the Hoyas' back court in the second half.
"LoCascio was the unsung hero," McKeown said. "And if I had a game ball, I'd give it to Dancause."
GW also opened last year's season against Georgetown, dropping a 67-62 decision at Charles E. Smith Center. GW's win Friday broke a three game losing streak to the Hoyas.
The game marked the debut of Georgetown's first-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
The Colonials next game is Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when they host East Carolina University in GW's home opener.