Women's Basketball Falls To GW, 65-59 In OT
Feb. 13, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) made one of two free throws with eight-tenths of a second left in regulation, but George Washington outscored the University of Massachusetts, 10-4, in the extra frame to claim a 65-59 overtime victory tonight in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action at the Smith Center. The loss drops the Minutewomen to 12-10 overall and 4-7 in the A-10, while the Colonials improve to 16-6 overall and a league-best 10-1 conference mark.
"It was our game," said UMass Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "Our kids came in came in and played their hearts out despite not having a point guard. We had our opportunity at the foul line and missed it. We came out flat in overtime. We made poor decisions both offensively and defensively and it cost us. I thought the momentum would be on our side in overtime, but it wasn't. Missing that many free throws is unacceptable."
Trailing 33-23 at halftime, Massachusetts charged out on a 7-0 run to open the second half and got back into the game. For the next several minutes, GW tried to re-establish its lead, but the Minutewomen would not let them. A three-pointer by junior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) brought the Minutewomen within a point (41-40) at the 11:06 mark, the closest they had been since it was 4-4. At the 6:14 mark, the Colonials went back up by six, but UMass was not going to go down without a fight.
AFter trading baskets for two minutes, the Minutewomen scored five consecutive points to tie the game at 50 with less than four minutes remaining. on a three-pointer by senior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) from the right wing with 3:48 left in regulation. After a GW miss, Butler hit a shot to put UMass on top for the first time in the game, 52-50, with 2:58 left. On the other end of the floor, Butler got a steal, but the Minutewomen were unable to score.
With 1:52 left, Cathy Joens drilled a trifecta to give GW the lead again, 53-52, but a quick outlet to senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) by classmate Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) gave UMass the lead again, 54-53, with 1:423 left. After a GW timeout, it Anna Mantanana missed a three-pointer and gave UMass the ball under a minute, but a quick turnover gave the Colonials possession right back. After inbounding, the Colonials' Marsheik Witherspoon threw the ball away and gave UMass possession, up one point and just 41 second remaining.
After working the clock down, the Minutewomen got the ball in to Butler, but she was called for travelling as she was about to pass the ball back out to the wing. GW called a timeout and took possession with 19 second showing on the clock. Ugo Oha hit a lay-up off a feed from Greeba Outen Barlow to put GW back up one point with 10 seconds left. For the Minutewomen, Pegues dribbled to half court and called their final timeout with four seconds left. When play resumed, the Minutewomen calmly worked to ball in to Butler and the Oha obliged by fouling her with eight-tenths of a second showing on the clock. Butler missed the first free throw, but sank the second one to force overtime.
In the extra frame, the Colonials outscored the Minutewomen 10-4 to earn the victory. After GW scored the first six points, Smith recorded a basket to make the score 61-57, but the Colonials scored four quick points to seal the victory.
Smith led the Minutewomen with 18 points. Butler had 14 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and seven steals, while playing all 45 minutes. Sneed chipped in with nine points and six boards, while Zsedenyi had five points and a career-high seven rebounds. Pegues dished out a game-high eight assists, but committed nine turnovers. Sophomore point guard Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) returned to action tonight after missing the last two weeks with a knee injury, but had to leave after playing three minutes. The Minutewomen were 6-for-12 from the free throw line, while GW was 11-for-14.
The Minutewomen return home to the Mullins Center for a 2:00 p.m. game against Richmond on Sunday, Feb. 16. Then, they hit the road again for two crucial games next week against A-10 East foes Saint Joseph's and Temple.
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