Women's Basketball Falls To GW, 70-51
Feb. 26, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The George Washington University women's basketball team (20-6, 13-2 A-10) used a 21-3 run spanning 6:42 of the second half to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and defeat the University of Massachusetts (6-20, 2-13), 70-51, tonight at the Mullins Center. Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) led the Minutewomen with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
A basket by Bailey and the ensuing free throw after she had been fouled put Massachusetts up 35-34 with 17:17 left in the game, but that would be its' last lead. On the other end, GW's Anna Montanana scored to put the Colonials back up for good and started a 21-3 run over the next 6:42. After GW scored 11 straight points in 2:57, UMass senior Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.) hit a three-pointer to stop the run and make it a 45-38 game. The Colonials responded by scoring the next 10 points however to put the game away. GW led by as many as 20 points and the Minutewomen were unable to get any closer than 15 points in the final 10 minutes and change of the contest.
Massachusetts led throughout much of the first half. The Minutewomen took the lead for good on a basket by freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) at the 14:39 mark. UMass led by as many as seven points in the frame, but the Colonials clawed back to a point at intermission. UMass was up four points after a three-pointer by sophomore Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) with five seconds left, but GW's Marsheik Witherspoon hit a trifecta from thirty feet out as the buzzer went off.
Bailey was the only double-figure scorer for the Minutewomen with her 15 points and 12 boards. Tatham and senior Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) each had eight points. Foster also added seven rebounds and five assists, while Tatham had five boards. Cathy Joens led all scorers with 22 points for GW. Valerie Williams had 16 points, while Montanana had 13 points and nine rebounds.
UMass shot just 36 percent for the game and were 22 percent from three-point range. GW was 40 percent from the both the field and three-point range. The Colonials held a slight edge on the glass, 38-36, and committed five less turnovers than the Minutewomen (23-18).
Massachusetts will close out the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 29, as it hosts Rhode Island at the Mullins Center. Tip is slated for 2:00 p.m. It is Fan Appreciation Day. All fans can purchase tickets, programs, hot dogs, sodas and popcorn for just $1.