Women's Basketball Loses On Last Second Shot
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- George Washington’s Anna Montanana hit a 30 foot, running three point shot with 1.3 seconds left to lift GW to a 66-64 win over Xavier on Friday night at the Smith Center.
XU’s Tara Boothe had 20 points on 10-for-20 shooting and eight rebounds to lead the Musketeers (15-9, 7-6). Freshman Suntana Granderson added 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting as she was perfect on four three point attempts. Junior Adeola Olanrewaju closed with nine points and six rebounds.
Cathy Joens tallied 28 points to lead GW (17-5, 10-1). Ugo Oha added 16 points and Montanana closed with seven points.
Xavier took its first lead since the opening minutes at 54-53 on a Mandy Geryak layup with a little more than nine minutes left to play in the game.
The teams swapped the lead six times before XU pulled ahead 64-60 with three and half minutes left in the game.
A pair of Liz Dancause free throws with 1:34 on the clock made it 64-63 in favor of Xavier.
A Montanana miss and then her foul on the rebound sent Boothe to the line in a one-and-one situation with 7.1 seconds left.
Boothe missed the front end, and Val Williams grabbed the rebound for GW and pushed it ahead to Montanana for her game-winning shot.
Xavier opened up 4-0 lead in the game, but GW responded to hold a 10-8 advantage with 15:35 left in the first half.
Joens hit a trio of three pointers one the next three Colonial possessions to help GW open up a seven point lead at 18-11, with 13:15 left in the opening period.
XU closed the gap to three, making it 26-23 with just under eight minutes left in the half.
The Colonials stretched the margin back to seven, taking a 38-31 lead at halftime. The Colonials shot 53 percent (16-30) in the first half while the Musketeers hit 43 percent (13-30) of their shots.
It took over five minutes for GW to score its first field goal of the second half, and that allowed Xavier to close within one at 42-41.
The Colonials responded with seven straight points to take a 49-41 advantage with just 13:49 left to play.
With 11 minutes left, GW’s lead was again seven, at 53-46. Eight unanswered Musketeer points gave Xavier its first lead since the opening minutes of the game as XU went ahead 54-53 with 9:19 showing on the clock.
Both teams shot 48 percent from the field in the game and each club hit seven three pointers. GW’s ultimate advantage was 11 made free throws compared to five for XU.
Xavier’s road trip continues for when the Musketeers play Sunday at Richmond at 2 p.m.