Nov. 5, 2002

Colonials Sports Round Up

Men's and Women's Basketball Previews; Women's Soccer Star Warner Notches Another Honor

Women Look to Bounce Back to NCAA Tournament
Even though the women’s basketball team posted a 21–9 record last year and finished the Atlantic 10 regular season at 15–1, the team is hungry to return to the NCAA Tournament, which it missed last season. Head Coach Joe McKeown and all five starters return to make up a formidable team. The Colonials have a history of competing in the NCAA Tournament; they have been a part of the post-season parade in nine of the last 14 seasons.

GW boasts an award-winning lineup this year with four returnees who received conference accolades in 2001-02. Cathy Joens and Ugo Oha earned A-10 Conference First Team honors; Lindsey Davidson was named the Sixth Player of the Year; and Anna Montañana was tapped for the All-Rookie Team. Oha had a sensational sophomore season as she scored 13.1 points per game and averaged 2.9 blocks a contest. Her 86 blocks were more than the totals of eight conference teams. Oha’s efforts earned her the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Joens, Davidson, and Erica Lawrence represent the senior leadership for McKeown’s team. Joens averaged just over 15 points a game and led the league in three-point field goal percentage. Davidson led the Colonials in assists and steals last season and she will anchor the backcourt this season. Lawrence, who has netted more than 1,000 points in her GW career, will play a key role as one of the team’s forwards.

The schedule for the women includes these key games:

• Nov. 22 vs Howard
• Nov. 26 at Tennessee
• Dec. 1 vs Virginia Commonwealth
• Dec. 11 vs BYU
• Dec. 20 vs George Mason
• Dec. 22 at DePaul
• Dec. 29 at Rutgers

Women’s season ticket prices are $100 for the season, $50 with purchase of the men’s season. Individual game tickets are $9 and $6.

Men Continue Building the Basketball Basics
Head Coach Karl Hobbs begins his second season at Foggy Bottom by returning to his past. The first game for the Colonials this year is against Hobbs’ alma mater and former employer, the University of Connecticut, on Nov. 25. Hobbs spent eight seasons as assistant coach in Storrs, CT, and he will be looking to capture some of that magic to infuse his young team.

The Colonials will return top scorer Chris Monroe, a second-team All-Atlantic 10 selection whose 21.1 points per game was third-highest in the league and 23rd nationally. He returns for his final season at GW as the team’s cornerstone, someone Hobbs is looking to for leadership. He is equally capable of taking the ball strong to the basket or stepping back and hitting a three-point shot.

Joining Monroe as scoring threats are Greg Collucci and T.J. Thompson. Collucci hit 77 of 258 field goals from behind the arc last year, while Thompson was named to the A-10 All-Rookie team for his 9.8 points a game and 4.2 assists.

This year’s schedule will pit GW against some of the elite teams in the country, as well as the full complement of A-10 schools. GW will host two tournaments this year — The Red Auerbach Colonial Classic (at the Smith Center) and the BB&T Classic (at the MCI Center). Early season highlights of the schedule include:

• Nov. 25 at Connecticut
• Nov. 29 vs Mount St. Mary’s (Colonial Classic)
• Nov. 30 vs Bucknell or Columbia (Colonial Classic)
• Dec. 7 vs Texas (BB&T Classic)
• Dec. 8 vs Maryland or Notre Dame (BB&T Classic)
• Dec. 28 vs Old Dominion
• Jan. 2 at American

Men’s season ticket prices range from the $195 “Gold Seats” (regularly $240), that include tickets for the BB&T Classic, to the $50 “End Zone” seats (regularly $75). Individual game tickets are $18
and $12.

Warner Earns A-10 Honor Again; Third on All-Time GW Scoring Scroll
Women’s soccer star Kim Warner received Co-Player of the Week honors last month for the second time this season. Warner, a redshirt junior, scored twice in two matches bringing her season’s total to a league-leading 13 goals. Warner, who added a goal and an assist a week later, is ranked first in the conference with 29 points.

Warner’s eight-points in two weekends spearheaded GW’s four wins, keeping the Colonials in playoff contention. On Oct. 18, Warner scored the opening goal and later added an assist in a 3–1 victory over Saint Joseph’s. Two days later, Warner scored the game-winning goal against Temple. Her goal and assist a week later helped GW notch a 6–0 record at home this season.

Warner has quickly moved up the Colonials’ all-time records list. Starting the year in 20th place in points, Warner has moved up to fourth with 60. In goals, Warner is now in third place all-time with 26.


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