ByGeorge! Online

March 4, 2003

Colonials Round Up

Women’s Basketball Takes Top Tournament Seed
The George Washington University women’s basketball team turned a 70–63 victory over Atlantic 10 opponent La Salle into a No. 1 overall seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, claiming the regular season west division title for the sixth time in Head Coach Joe McKeown’s tenure at GW.
By virtue of its No. 1 seed, GW gets a first round bye in the conference championship which tips off in Kingston, RI, March 6. In the tournament GW will face the winner of the match up between the fourth seed in the east and the fifth seed in the west.

With the west division win the Colonials have proved the experts right. GW and Temple were tabbed as the teams to beat in the A-10, according to a pre-season poll conducted by the conference’s head coaches. In the east division the coaches missed their mark as Saint Joseph’s stepped out to a commanding 11–3 conference record over second place Temple’s 6–7 A-10 numbers.

In that same poll, the coaches selected the A-10 pre-season All-Conference teams. Ugo Oha and Cathy Joens were picked for the first-team, while Erica Lawrence was named to the third team and Tylon Harris was chosen for the Preseason All-Rookie team.

Senior Guard Garners A-10 Honors
Cathy Joens was named A-10 Player of the Week, Feb. 23, for her solid play in GW’s 89–52 victory over Dayton.

The senior guard scored a game-high 25 points on 9–18 shooting, including three from three-point range. Joens also added six steals and rebounds and recorded three assists in 31 minutes of play. This is her fourth weekly award this season.

Monroe Takes Aim at Holup’s Hoops Record
With three games remaining at press time, senior Chris Monroe is just 75 points behind Joe Holup’s 2,226 career points.

Monroe’s 28 points in GW’s 75–70 loss to Massachusetts Jan. 25 moved him into second place behind Holup, becoming just the second Colonial in the 88-year history of GW basketball to reach the 2,000-point plateau.
The Colonials’ team captain, Monroe has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games and has 92 double-figure scoring games in 105 career games. He leads the league in scoring with 21.4 points per game.

Conden Ties GW Record, Walter Wins 200th
Ace pitcher Greg Conden won his 30th career game tying a 32-year old record for career victories. With the Colonials 3–2 seven-inning win over Sacred Heart, seventh-year coach Tom Walter recorded his 200th victory. The game was played in Newport News, VA at Christopher Newport’s Captain’s Field due to inclement weather in Washington, DC.

Greg Conden, who now has started a record 49 games, led the Colonials to a 3–2 win with the complete game victory. He improves to 2–0 for the year while recording his 30th victory of his four-year Colonials career. For his efforts against Sacred Heart Conden received A-10 Player of the Week honors. He struck out seven over seven innings of work. He gave up two runs on six hits and now has an ERA of 2.25 this year.

Women’s Tennis Drops One to American, 4–3
The GW women’s tennis team lost a heartbreaker to American, 4–3, Feb. 22, at the Tennis Center at College Park. The loss drops the Colonials to 1–3, while American evened their record at 1–1.

In singles play, senior Tracy Wei gained her first singles victory of the dual match season, beating Sasha Zerkalova at the No. 1 position, 6–4, 6–3. Sevla Gonca secured her second win of the day at No. 4 singles by eeking out a tough match against Kristina Georgieva, 6–3, 4–6, (10–4). Freshman Estee Bartell continued her fine play so far this season by beating Brandi Kligman, 6–1, 6–0, at No. 6.

Swimming Sets Five School Records At A-10’s
GW’s women’s swimming and diving team put in a strong showing at the A-10 Championships in Buffalo, NY. The team took third place with a score of 453. Five GW records were broken during the three-day championship and the Colonials won three races.

Freshman Maggie Moss set a new GW record in the 100-yd backstroke with a time of :57.25 while leading off the medley relay. She also set a new school record in the 200-yd backstroke with a time of 2:03.50 shattering her previous record by more than a second.

Junior Ruth Dubyel set school records in the 100-yd and 200-yd butterfly events. Dubyel swam the 100-yd butterfly in a time of :56.14. She then posted a time of 2:05.31 in the 200-yd butterfly, winning the race as well as breaking an eight-year-old GW record previously set in 1995 by Stephanie Ballou. Dubyel was honored for her performance by being named to the A-10 First Team All-Conference.

Junior Kristen Fagley also earned A-10 First Team All-Conference honors. Fagley finished first in the 200-yd freestyle in a time of 1:52.93. The women’s 400-yd medley relay team (Moss, Kirsten Rasmuson, Dubyel, and Christina Boland) also set a new school record with a time
of 3:51.97.


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