Colonials Baffle Bison, 80-55
Dec. 6, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington overcame a season-high 37 turnovers in a physical battle at Howard to record their third victory of the season, 80-55 at Burr Gymnasium on the Bison campus.
GW (3-2) was led by senior guard Cathy Joens (Irvine, CA/Calvary Chapel) who scored a game-high 21 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists in just 24 minutes of play.
HU (0-6) held a 3-2 lead after just 30 seconds of play, but were unable to contain a potent Colonial offense and counter GW's stifling defense. The Colonials held the Bison to just nine points for 16 minutes of the first half, leading 37-9 with 3:59 remaining.
HU's Essence Coggins came off the bench to spark a 12-4 run to close out the half and pull the Bison within 19 points at the break, 40-21. Joens scored a team-high 13 points in the first half, with senior center Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hastings) adding seven points.
HU turned up the pressure in the second half, forcing the Colonials into a season-high 37 turnovers for the game with a seemingly constant full-court press. However, GW would not be denied on offense lacing the nets to the tune of 48.6% (17-35) in the second half.
In a balanced attack, GW had seven players with seven or more points by the conclusion of the contest. The Colonials also collected a season-high 64 rebounds, 26 offensive and 38 defensive.
Junior Liz Dancause (Nashua, NH/Nashua) grabbed a career-high 10 boards and scored eight points, and Anna Montaņana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria el Pilar) added seven points and 13 rebounds for the game.
Junior Valerie Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Ft. Lauderdale) and freshman Kenan Cole (Frederick, MD/St. John's at Prospect Hall) added nine points each with senior Marsheik Witherspoon (Opa-Locka, FL/American Senior) adding seven in the winning effort.
HU was led by Coggins who scored 17 points and Daisha Hicks who added 10 as the Bison's top scorers.