Colonials Upset No. 24 Villanova, 62-52
Dec. 1, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Jessica Simmonds scored a season-best 19 points and tied her career high with 13 rebounds to lead the GW women's basketball team (3-1) to a 62-52 upset victory over No. 24 Villanova (3-2) on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Smith Center. Simmonds' double-double was the first by a GW player this season.
Simmonds was 5-of-13 from the field and connected on 9-of-12 attempts from the free-throw line against the Wildcats. Her 19 points was just one short of her career-best total of 20 set against the Wildcats on March 4, 2003 when she was at Providence. Senior All-America candidate Anna Montañana contributed a season-best 19 points, two shy her career best of 21 set against Dayton last season. Montañana added seven rebounds and four assists in the contest. She now has 340 career assists, one short of tying Debbie Hemery for 11th all-time. Sophomore Kenan Cole made her first career start in the contest and tallied a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and hit 3-of-4 attempts from the free-throw line. She also contributed five rebounds.
The Colonials won the game with their free-throw shooting, converting 26-of-32 shots from the charity stripe (81.3 percent), including hitting 19-of-24 foul shots in the second half. Villanova, on the other hand, was 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. GW's defense, which entered the game ranked third in the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goal percentage defense, limited the Wildcats to just 4-of-21 (19 percent) from behind the arc.
With Villanova leading, 13-5, early in the first half, GW went on 13-0 run to take an 18-13 advantage with 10:42 left in the opening stanza. Simmonds had six points during the scoring spurt, which was broken by the Wildcats' Betsy McManus at 7:14 on a made free throw. Sophomore Whitney Allen converted a three-point play with 41 seconds in the half to give the Colonials a 25-20 edge at the intermission.
After a three by Villanova's Jackie Adamshick to open the second half, Simmonds reeled off five straight points to give the Colonials a seven-point margin, 30-23, with 18:38 to play. GW led by as many 12 points on four occasions in the second half.
With GW ahead by 11, 50-39, and 7:31 remaining in regulation, the Wildcats went on a 9-3 run to cut the Colonials' margin to five, 53-48, at the 4:13 mark, but Montañana drilled a deep three from the top of the key on GW's next possession to stake the Colonials to a 56-48 advantage. From there GW outscored the Wildcats, 6-4, the rest of the way to produce the final margin.
GW won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats, 43-34. It was the first time GW pulled down more caroms than its opponent this season.
Jenna Viani paced Villanova with 14 points, including two triples. Adamshick added 12 points and led the Wildcats with eight rebounds
The Colonials will hit the road to take on Oregon in the Rose Garden on Saturday, Dec. 4 as part of the Ducks' annual Pape Jam. The game will begin at 4:30 EST and be televised on ESPN Regional in the Pacific Northwest.