Colonials Fall to No. 1 Tennessee, 71-41
Nov. 23, 2004
KNOXVILLE, TN - The GW women's basketball team (2-1) lost its first game of the season, falling to consensus No. 1 Tennessee, 71-41, in front of 9,961 fans at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Seniors Anna Montañana and Jessica Simmonds led the way for the Colonials with 12 points each. Ten of Simmonds' points came in the second half. Both players also grabbed four rebounds and Montañana contributed three assists and two steals, while Simmonds tied her career high with three blocked shots.
The Lady Vols (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the latest AP and USA Today/ESPN polls got six early points from Tye'sha Fluker on their way to building a 10-0 margin in the first 4:50 of the game. A lay-in by Loree Moore extended Tennessee's lead to 15-2, but GW tallied the game's next seven points to get within six, 15-9, at the 9:21 mark. From there the Lady Vols took control of the contest using a 15-2 run over the next 5:51 to take an 30-11 advantage, and the hosts held a 38-16 lead at halftime.
With the score 42-16 early in the second half, back-to-back baskets by Montañana and Simmonds pulled GW within 22, 42-20, with 17:21 left in regulation, but that's as close as the Colonials would get as Tennessee outscored GW, 29-21, the rest of the way.
Shanna Zolman paced the Lady Vols with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, including two three's. She also collected four rebounds and a game-high six assists. Fluker finished with eight points and six boards and Alexis Hornbuckle tallied 11 points off the bench for Tennessee.
The Lady Vols shot 47 percent from the field (29-for-62) and connected on 90 percent of their free throws (9-of-10). GW hit 17 of its 53 field goal attempts (32 percent) and was 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the charity stripe.
The loss drops the Colonials' all-time record against Tennessee to 0-5.
The GW women will host 24/25 Villanova on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 p.m. as part of a basketball doubleheader with the Colonials' men's team.