Women's Basketball Upsets George Washington, 62-53
Feb. 24, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusett defeated George Washington University, 62-53, in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action this afternoon at the William D. Mullins Center. The loss was the first of the season for the Colonials in conference play.
The Minutewomen broke open a 14-14 tie at the nine minute mark of the first half on a three-pointer by freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.). A 7-0 run gave the Minutewomen their largest lead of the half, 22-15, but George Washington fought back. Oha Ugo nailed a jumper with 31 seconds remaining in the half to tie the game, 26-26. Freshman Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) drove the length of the court for a layup with 21 seconds left, to give UMass the 28-26 advantage going into the halftime break.
A 17-6 run in the first 12 minutes of the second half gave the Minutewomen a 13 point lead. Junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored eight of the 12 points. George Washington made late run and knocked the lead down to one point at the 2:57 mark, but a Butler basket and a tap in by junior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) off a missed free throw secured the victory.
Senior Caroline Nehls (Randolph, N.J.) playing in her final home game, scored 12 points and had five rebounds. Butler scored a team-high 14 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds for her 19th double-double. Nelson finished with 13 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line, while dishing out four assists. Junior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) had 11 points and was 2-5 from behind the arc.
UMass held the Colnials to a mere 35 percent from the field for the game, including 29 percent in the second half. UMass shot 40 percent for the game.
The Minutewomen improve to 10-17 overall and 8-8 in the A-10, while George Washington falls to 20-7 overall and 15-1 in A-10 play.
The Minutewomen return to action on March 1, 2002 when they travel to Philadelphia to take on LaSalle in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The game is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.