George Washington Fall to No. 8 Penn State, 77-51
Nov. 28, 2003
FREEPORT, BAHAMAS - George Washington lost their first game of the Junkanoo Jam to No. 8 Penn State, as the Lady Lions rebounded from a tough loss to Old Dominion earlier in the week, topping the Colonials 77-51.
GW (0-2) fell behind early, but kept PSU (2-1) within single-digits for the majority of the first half. However, an 18-5 run by PSU over the final six minutes of the half built the lead to 22, as GW went into the break down 43-21.
The Colonials struggled from the floor in the first half, hitting only nine of 23 attempts for a shooting percentage of 39.1. In contrast, PSU shot a torrid 59.4 percent (19-32) from the field for the half. Senior Cathy Joens, the Colonials' leading scorer and 2003 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, was also hurt late in the half, spraining her ankle, and limiting her to just nine minutes for the rest of the game, appearing only briefly in the second half.
The Lady Lions picked up where they left off in the second half, containing GW's attack, while slowly building their lead to as much as 29 points. The Colonials would stage a brief rally, behind strong play in the post by senior center Ugo Oha who scored nine of her team-high 14 points to help cut PSU's lead to 19.
Unfortunately, the combination of the loss of Joens and the strong offensive performance by PSU, proved too much for the Colonials to overcome, and GW lost their second game of the young season.
PSU received production from unlikely sources, as the Colonials keyed in on All-America candidate Kelly Mazzante on defense. However the Lady Lions countered with a trio of Tanish Wright, Jessica Brungo and Jess Strom who combined for 49 of PSU's 77 points. Mazzante was held to a relatively quiet night with 13 points.
In addition to Oha's 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks, the Colonials were led by junior Anna Montaņana who recorded 11 points.
The Colonials will prepare for a second round match-up against either Arizona St. or Kansas St., depending on the result of the final game of the first round of the Junkanoo Jam.