Women’s basketball splits pair in Ohio

The GW women’s basketball team split two games in Ohio last weekend, falling to Xavier 57-42 Sunday after beating Dayton 69-41 Friday. The defeat snapped the Colonials’ four-game winning streak and also marked GW’s first Atlantic 10 loss of the season.

The loss also dropped the Colonials (10-5, 3-1 A-10) into third place in the A-10 West.

Against Xavier (10-5, 4-0 A-10), the Colonials had trouble shooting the ball. In the first half, the Colonials shot just 20 percent from the field, scoring only 16 points. GW finished the game shooting a sub-par 30 percent and managing only 42 total points.

GW jumped out to an early 11-4 lead before Xavier took over late in the second half. A 9-1 run gave the Musketeers a 13-12 lead that the Colonials quickly got back – but not for long. Xavier followed up with a 13-2 run that put GW in a 26-16 hole at the break.

It was more of the same after halftime, as the Musketeers’ lead increased throughout the second. Xavier went on a 9-0 run to go up 41-24 with 11:48 left and the lead never dipped below 12 the rest of the way.

Senior Anna Monta?ana was the lone GW player finishing in double figures with 19 points. Usual offensive standouts Jessica Simmonds and freshman Kimberly Beck combined to score just 13 points on the day.

The Colonials were sloppy all day, as Xavier scored 21 points off turnovers, 12 more than GW’s nine points of turnovers. GW got little productivity off the bench, as the reserves scored just seven points.

On Friday night, the Colonials remained unbeaten all time against Dayton with a dominant 69-41 win over the Flyers.

GW’s defensive effort stifled Dayton, as the Flyers turned the ball over 26 times. The 41 points allowed was the Colonials’ second best defensive effort of the season, seven more points than they allowed to East Carolina University earlier this season.

GW had four players in double figures, including Monta?ana, who had a double double with 13 rebounds and 14 points. Simmonds tallied 12 points while Beck added 13. Sophomore Kenan Cole had 10 points in 23 minutes.

The turning point of the game came with just six minutes remaining in the first half when Beck hit three consecutive three-pointers to stretch the GW lead to 29-19. The Flyers could not recover from the three-point barrage and never challenged for the lead again.

GW’s next home game is rescheduled due to the inauguration for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against Richmond at the Smith Center.

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