Women's Basketball Walks Over Wildcats In 68-60 Victory Over Villanova
Kimberly Beck Led GW With 20 Points While Jessica Simmonds Added A Double-Double
Dec. 1, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa.--Kimberly Beck scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Colonials (2-2) over previously-perfect Villanova (4-1) with a 68-60 victory at the Pavilion. GW led by as many as 10 and had a late 10-0 run sparked by Sarah-Jo Lawrence's 11 second half points to hold off the Wildcats. Senior Jessica Simmonds also added a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
The Colonials scored 10 unanswered points in a span of 2:01 and defeated Villanova for the second straight season.
Sarah-Jo Lawrence made a three-pointer with 3:40 remaining to give George Washington the lead for good and then benefited from five Wildcat turnovers in the final 3:15. The Colonials hit three free throws in the closing minutes to secure the victory. Shooting a season-high 70% from the line for the night.
After leading 36-31 at halftime and as many as 10 in the second half, Villanova tied things at 58 with just more than four minutes remaining. Villanova's Kate Dessart Mager created a three-point play to tie the game for the final time. The Wildcats, however, did not score until there was under a minute left and the game was out of reach.
Rebounding was a key factor in the game, as George Washington managed 12 offensive caroms and an overall 42-25 edge on the glass. The Colonials owned a 16-5 edge in second-chance points. Jessica Simmonds registered a double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds in addition to 10 points, while Whitney Allen had seven points and 12 rebounds. Kimberly Beck scored a game-high 20 points on the strength of 8-of-11 shooting.
George Washington scored the first seven points of the game and led for the first 24 minutes of the game before two free throws by Viani four minutes into the second half gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 37-36. The Colonials led by nine late in the first half (25-16) but Villanova closed to within 36-31 at the break.
Suez-Karni and junior forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) hit jumpers to open the second half and George Washington was held off the scoreboard for the first 5:14 of the second half. There were three ties and the teams traded the lead four times in just over three minutes but the Colonials never trailed after knocking down consecutive jumpers just 22 seconds apart.
Dessart Mager led three Villanova players in double figures with 13 points behind 7-of-8 free throw shooting. She also had five rebounds and a career-high four steals in 33 minutes. Senior forward Liad Suez-Karni added 10 points and a team-high six rebounds, while senior guard Jenna Viani chipped in 10 points, three assists and three steals.
The Colonials now return for a five-game homestand starting on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. GW will take on #2/1 Tennessee who beat #18/16 Texas by 41 points on Thursday. GW lost to Texas by five in the Junkanoo Jam Championship over the Thanksgiving break. After Tennessee the Colonials play Stony Brook, SMU, Maine and Yale at home before the Holidays. The Colonials will have played three-top 20 opponents out of their first five games, while Virginia and Villanova are both receiving votes. The Colonials 2-2 thus far in their hardest stretch of the season.
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