By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 23, 2003
March 23, 2003
No. 7 George Washington 71, No. 10 Oklahoma 61
NCAA Women's Basketball Regional (Norman, Okla.)
General Game Notes George Washington and OU have met one other time, with George Washington winning 88-74 in 1994's Capitol Classic hosted by the Colonials in Washington D.C.
George Washington played in the Lloyd Noble Center in 2001 in another NCAA Regional hosted by Oklahoma. GW lost that game to Stanford, 76-51.
Oklahoma OU was seeded No. 10, its lowest seeding in six NCAA Tournament appearances.
Maria Villaroel had 16 first half points without shooting free throw.
Villaroel hit two three pointers in the first half, equaling her career-high form behind the arc. She ended the night with three from behind the arc, setting a career best.
OU did not surrender an offensive rebound to George Washington in the first half.
Oklahoma held a 24-12 advantage in rebounds at the half and finished the game with a 39-29 advantage.
OU has a 3-3 all-time record against Atlantic 10 opponents. OU is 1-1 against the A-10 this season.
OU was 8-5 at home this season, 1-1 versus the A-10, 0-3 on Sunday's, 5-8 in televised games, and 0-3 on ESPN/ESPN 2.
Oklahoma was 13-1 when leading at halftime before tonight's loss.
After trailing 50-36 at 14:30 in the second half, OU went on an 18-5 run to cut GW's lead to 55-54 with 7:52 to play. OU did not get any closer after that point.
OU had 22 turnovers, which marked the first time in the last four games that OU has turned it over 20 plus times and just the fifth time in the last 13 games.
Dionnah Jackson had a career-high 11 turnovers and dished out seven assists. Jackson owned a Big 12 regular season best assist/turnover ratio of 2.2.
Junior Maria Villaroel's 26-point effort was her fifth best performance of the season. It was just the third time she has scored 20 plus points in the last 15 games.
OU was 11-2 when dishing out more assists than its opponent before tonight when the Sooners collected 19 and the Colonials had 17.
Dionnah Jackson had nine rebounds, her highest output in the last eight games.
OU had three players score in double-digits for the 15th time this season. OU dropped to 10-5 in those instances.
George Washington GW has won 10 straight games and now stands at 25-6 on the season.
GW is 9-5 on the road this season.
GW is 9-3 on Sunday, 7-1 in televised games this season, 7-5 in non-conference games, 1-1 in games played at the Lloyd Noble Center and 12-9 all time in the NCAA Tournament.
GW had no offensive rebounds in the first half, while OU grabbed eight offensive boards. GW outrebounded OU 17-15 in the second half.
GW is 9-4 when getting outrebounded.
GW improved to 2-6 when trailing at halftime.
Lindsey Davidson had four assists and now sits at 100 on the season. Cathy Joens needs two assists to reach 100 on the season. Joens would be the fourth Colonial to reach 100 assists this season.
George Washington went on an 18-7 run to begin the second half. The run was led by Cathy Joens who was 5 for 5 from three-point range, including 3 for 3 in the first six minutes of the second half. As a team GW hit five of its first seven three point attempts out of the half.
Cathy Joens (22), Anna Montanana (19) and Ugo Oha (14) scored in double-digits. Tonight was the 21st time GW has had at least three players score in double digits.
Tonight was the 12th time this season that Cathey Joens has scored 20 or more points.
Anna Montanana scored 19 points, her second highest output of the season.
Ugo Oha had six blocks and her career-high is eight.
Anna Montanana tied a season-high with four steals.