Women's Basketball Exercise Demons, 74-61
WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 9) - The Colonials held DePaul's Lenae Williams, the nation's leading scorer, to a season-low 13 points in a much needed victory today at Smith Center.
GW (3-4) was 1-2 on their home court entering today's game, a venue that they have only tasted defeat 19 times in 12 seasons under Coach Joe McKeown. The Colonials were mired in an offensive drought, starting the season 2-4, GW's worst six-game opening record under the 13-year coach.
The Colonials broke out of their slump behind strong post play and tenacious defense. Sophomore center Ugo Oha led all scorers with season-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Juniors Erica Lawrence and Cathy Joens also scored in double figures, with Lawrence pouring in a season-high 20 points on 8-10 shooting, and Joens adding 16 for the game.
Perhaps more importantly, the two junior captains were assigned the unenviable task of keeping the Blue Demon's Lenea Williams out of the scoring column. The 6'1" senior forward led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points a game prior today's match-up. The two captains clamped down on Williams, limiting her to four first half points on 2-7 shooting, and a season-low 13 points on the afternoon.
GW capitalized on their size advantage, converting lay-ups and short jumpers off crisp interior passing and feeds into the post. Freshman forward Anna Montaņana did a little of everything in her first career start, scoring two points with six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Junior guard Lindsey Davidson made the most of her return to the starting line-up passing out a season-high seven assists, and making three steals.
The Colonials finish their three-game home stand on Wednesday, Dec. 12, when they host Rutgers at 7:00 p.m.