Colonials Dismantle Saint Mary's, 68-49
Freshman Kimberly Beck Notches Career-Best 17 Points
Dec. 17, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - Three GW players scored in double figures, including freshman Kimberly Beck who notched a personal-best 17 points to lead the Colonials (5-3) past Saint Mary's College of California, 68-49, on Friday, Dec. 17 at the Smith Center.
Beck was 5-of-7 from the floor and hit a career-best three three-pointers against the Gaels. She also was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and contributed five assists and four steals. Senior Jessica Simmonds recorded her second double-double of the year, finishing with a game-high 20 points 12 rebounds. Senior Anna Montañana chipped in 11 points and five rebounds for the Colonials and now ranks ninth on GW's career rebounding list with 574.
With GW ahead by five, 24-19, and 1:06 left to play in the first half, the Colonials tallied eight straight points, including consecutive three's by sophomore Kristina Gineitis and Montañana to give GW a 32-19 advantage at the half.
The Colonials began the second stanza by scoring nine of first 11 points in the period to extend their margin to 18, 41-23, with 16:59 left in regulation. The Gaels (5-5) sliced the lead to 11, 43-32, on a triple by Mikaela Cowles at the 13:12 mark, and a three by Saint Mary's Carey Noakes put the Gaels within eight, 48-40, with 8:03 remaining. A Gineitis layup and a jumper by Beck put GW ahead, 52-40, at 6:51. A three by sophomore Kenan Cole extended the Colonials' margin to 15, 55-40, with 5:59 left and GW cruised the rest of way for the 19-point victory.
Gineitis finished with a career-best five points and hit her first three-pointer of the year in the contest, while Cole added nine points for GW.
Triola Jackson paced Saint Mary's with 12 points and eight rebounds. Brianna Winn added nine points for the Gaels.
GW made a season-high seven three's in the game and shot .482 from the field (27-of-56). The Colonials also forced 25 turnovers, which led to 26 points. The Gaels generated just two points off 18 GW miscues and shot .370 from the floor (20-of-54) in the game.
The Colonials will host ACC opponent NC State on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Center The game will be carried live on WMET Radio (1160 AM) and WAGE Radio (1200 AM) with Larry Michael, the voice of the GW men's basketball team, calling the play-by-play.