GW Loses to NC State, 76-71, for First Loss in Five Games
Colonials Fall Just Short of a Comeback Cutting Lead to Two With 45 Seconds Left
Dec. 30, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW Colonials (6-4) fell short of a comeback win at North Carolina State (9-3) by a final score of 76-71. The Wolfpack led the whole way but GW cut the lead to two with 45 seconds left to play on a Kimberly Beck three-pointer. This was GW's first defeat since losing to #1 Tennessee on December 7.
The Colonials closed the lead to two only twice after the opening minute, but were in position to win in the final minute. Corinne Turner tied the game for the only time at two after making both of her foul shots en route to a 5-5 performance from the line. The Wolfpack then ran off 12 unanswered points sparked by three consecutive three pointers. Billie McDowell hit two threes in less than a minute. She hit her third and final three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game to close out the victory for the Wolfpack.
Jessica Simmonds scored a season-high 18 points while making a Colonials' season-high nine shots from the field. Simmonds also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals but went 0-6 from the foul line. Simmonds helped close the score to 36-33 when she scored six Colonials points in-a-row towards the end of the first half.
Simmonds got into foul trouble early in the second half when she picked up three over the first three and a half minutes of the second frame. With Simmonds out, the rebounding advantage which was virtually even at the half, 20-19, swung in the Wolfpack's favor, 47-31. The Colonials first half 22-14 advantage on points in the paint was equalized in the second half as NC State took a 38-36 edge at the end of the game.
Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 18 points, making both three-pointers to go 6-11 from the field and 4-6 from the foul line. Lawrence, who again came off of the bench, also led GW with seven rebounds and three assists while swiping four steals. Beck finished with 17 points and a game-high five steals while playing her second complete game.
GW starts the New Year with its last non-conference game of the year when the Colonials host Sacramento State at 7:00 p.m. at Charles E. Smith Athletics Center on Tuesday, January 3. GW then starts Atlantic 10 Conference play as host to Dayton on Friday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m.