Colonials Fall Short Against No. 5 Tennessee, 65-51
Dec. 30, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington (6-4) put a little scare into the Tennessee Lady Vols on Tuesday, December 30 at Smith Center before succuming to an 18-6 second half run. The Colonials trailed by just four early in the second half, but Tennessee (8-1) proved to be too strong and handed GW their fourth loss of the season.
The Colonials were led by junior Anna Montaņana (Valencia, Spain/St. Maria El Pilar), who had 14 points and four assists. Senior Ugo Oha (Houston, TX/Hastings) played strong in the middle tallying 12 points and seven rebounds to go along with a season-high six blocks.
Both teams got off to a slow start as they felt each other out, but Tennessee got hot from the field led by junior Brittany Jackson and senior Tasha Butts, who each had 16 points on the night. Butts, along with sophomore Shanna Zolman, came off the bench for the first time this season, but they both responded with strong games. Butts shot 5-7 from the field including two three-pointers, while Zolman scored eight and assisted on three baskets.
After trailing by 10 at the half, the Colonials went on a quick 6-0 run, but the Lady Vols subsuquently went on the deciding 18-6 run, to take a 55-39 lead with 10:23 left. GW could get no closer than nine the rest of the way, and ended up dropping the contest, 65-51.
The Colonials now turn their attention to the Atlantic 10 and will start conference play with an Ohio road swing. They will battle Xavier on Saturday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Cincinnati, OH and will then travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers on Monday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m.