Women's Basketball Halted By Hoyas, 67-62
Nov. 21, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington women's basketball dropped their home and season opener against local rival Georgetown in a battle of some the area's best players.
No. 25 GW (0-1) lost despite leading by as much as 12 points in first half, and nine in the second. Senior guard Cathy Joens (Irvine, CA/Calvary Chapel) led all scorers with 25 points, adding six rebounds, six assists and three steals. However GU (1-0) rallied late in the first half to pull within three points at the break, 36-33.
The Colonials blasted out of the gate to begin the second half, taking a nine-point lead, 49-40 on a 13-6 run over the first seven minutes. The Hoyas countered with a 10-1 run to tie the game at 50 apiece with 10:46 remaining in the game.
After trading baskets, GU took the lead for good, 55-54, holding off a series of runs by the Colonials in the closing minutes of play. The Colonials pulled within two points with 16 seconds remaining in the game, but the Hoyas iced the game off an inbound play that freed GU forward Rebekkah Brunson who scored on a foul to give them a 66-62 lead. A free throw with seven seconds remaining made the final tally 67-62.
Joens led all scores with 25 points, while senior Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hastings) recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Montaņana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria el Pilar) added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Colonials.
Brunson collected a career-high 19 rebounds for GU, scoring 15 points, despite GW holding the senior to just four second-half points. Mary Lisicky and Bethany Lesueur added 17 and 14 points respectively for the Hoyas.
The Colonials travel to Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas to compete in the Junkanoo Jam in their next game, taking on No. 8 Penn State in the first round of the tournament.