GW Goes Home for the Holidays with a Victory
Colonials Defeat North Carolina State, 65-56
Dec. 21, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's basketball team (6-3) won its third straight game on Tuesday, Dec. 21, defeating NC State, 65-56, at the Smith Center. The victory is the 11th straight home triumph for the Colonials and improved their Smith Center record to 4-0 this season.
The Colonials have not lost a home contest in almost a year with their last home defeat coming on January 10, 2004 against Saint Joseph's. The triumph also snapped NC State's six-game winning streak versus the Colonials, who had not beaten the Wolfpack since 1992.
GW took its first lead of the game, 42-41, with 8:10 left in regulation on a pair of free throws by senior Jessica Simmonds. The two teams traded baskets to make the score 44-43 before GW went on a 9-1 run over the next 3:29 to extend their advantage to nine, 53-44, at the 3:40 mark. The Wolfpack (8-2) attempted to extend the game by committing several fouls and was able to cut the GW margin to four, 60-56, with 37 seconds left, but the Colonials hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.
Senior Anna Montañana led all scorers with 20 points and tied her career high with five steals in the contest. Sophomore Corinne Turner added a season-best seven points, while sophomore Kenan Cole contributed 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Kristina Gineitis made her first career start in the game and scored four points.
The Colonials trailed by as many as eight early in the first half, but a three by freshman Kimberly Beck and a hoop by Montañana put GW within five, 17-12, with 7:21 left in the opening half. The hosts cut the margin to 21-19 on a Turner free throw at 2:46. NC State's Ashley Key answered with a three, but GW scored six of the half's last eight points to whittle the Wolfpack's edge to 26-25 at the intermission.
NC State's Billie McDowell began the second half with nine straight points for the Wolfpack as they increased their advantage to eight, 35-27, with 16:43 left, but GW went on a 17-6 run over the next 9:21 to climb back into the game.
McDowell paced the Wolfpack with 16 points and nine rebounds. Key added 14 markers for NC State.
GW forced 25 NC State turnovers, almost twice their season average, and the Colonials went to the foul line 30 times in the game, making 19 (63 percent). On the other hand, NC State was 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the charity stripe. The Colonials also held the edge in rebounds, 37-36.
The Colonials will head to Chestnut Hill, MA for a showdown with Big East foe Boston College on Thursday, Dec. 30. Tip off is slated for 7:00 p.m.