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#9/8 Maryland Proves Too Much For GW in Home Loss

Jeff Pawling
Co-Director

WASHINGTON - Jonquel Jones made a triumphant return to the Colonials lineup on Saturday afternoon, but her presence was not enough to push GW over the top as they fell 75-65 to #9/8 Maryland at the Smith Center.

Jones played 34 minutes in her first game back and had 16 points on 7-17 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Kelli Prange and Hannah Schaible added 11 points apiece and Caira Washington had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Colonials, who drop to 2-2 with the loss.

GW held a 30-29 lead at halftime, only to be outscored 46-35 in the second half. Laurin Mincy led the way for the Lady Terrapins with 23 points on 7-11 shooting in 32 minutes while fellow guards Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Lexie Brown were also instrumental in moving Maryland to 4-0 on the season, as they combined for 30 points in the win.

The Colonials can find solace in the fact that they won both the total and offensive rebounding battle and forced the Lady Terps to commit 20 turnovers. However, they went a mere 4-9 from the free throw line and allowed Maryland to make nearly 52 percent of their shots, including some back breakers down the stretch that sucked the energy out of the large Smith Center crowd on hand.

GW will need to regroup quickly, with their next game scheduled for Noon on Monday against Grambling State at the Smith Center. WRGW’s coverage will start at 11:45 on gwradio.com.

Women’s Gameday #4: GW vs #9/8 Maryland

George Washington Colonials (2-1) vs. #9/8 Maryland Lady Terrapins (3-0)
Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: gwradio.com, CSN+, RaiseHigh Live
Announcers: Cameron Rohde, Spencer Legred
Click Here to Listen Live

GW faces their toughest test of their non-conference schedule when #9/8 Maryland visits today at 3:30. The Colonials are certainly on a roll, having won back-to-back games against American and Bowie State but this game is certainly going to be a true test of just how good this team is, especially if Jonquel Jones is once again unavailable.

The Colonials have been paced by the stellar play of reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Kelli Prange, who scored nine points and pulled in nine rebounds against Bowie State Wednesday night. The Bowie State game also served as the grounds for the slight reemergence of Caira Washington, who looked more like herself in the 88-45 blowout win. She led the team in scoring as one of four Colonials in double-figures with 13 points. They will need another performance like that if GW wants to have any chance of beating a top-10 opponent at the Smith Center for the second time in as many years.

Maryland has had an impressive opening to their season, winning handily in their first three games and coming off an 85-67 win over #25 South Florida up in College Park. GW will need to find a way to shut down the Lady Terps’ trio of guards Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Lexie Brown, and center Malina Howard, who combined for 51 points in the win over South Florida Wednesday night. The matchup between Prange and Howard in the post will be a pivotal matchup in deciding the outcome of this game.

The game is the back end of a home-and-home series with Maryland, following last year’s 87-51 Lady Terps win in College Park. WRGW’s coverage begins at 3:15 with tip off scheduled for 3:30 on gwradio.com.

Men’s Gameday #3: GW at #9 Virginia

George Washington Colonials (2-0) at #9 Virginia Cavaliers (3-0)
John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
Media Coverage: gwradio.com, WFED 1500 AM, ESPN3
Announcers: Jeff Pawling, Mike Martenak
Click Here to Listen Live

When the schedule came out a few months ago, this was a game that every fan circled because of the expectations for the Colonials coming into the season and the success of the Cavaliers last year, a season that culminated with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. The day is finally here as the Buff and Blue make the bus trip down to Charlottesville to face the ninth-ranked team in the country.

GW is coming off a road win at Big Ten newcomer Rutgers 70-53 last Sunday, a game in which they never trailed. The Colonials’ “core four” of Joe McDonald, Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino, and Kevin Larsen are all off to good starts, with each averaging in double-figures in scoring and combining to average 53 points on an efficient 52 percent shooting through two games. Yuta Watanabe has also provided a spark off the bench, averaging eight points a game and going 3-5 from beyond the arc.

This game is also notable for the reunions of high school teammates. McDonald played with Virginia forward Darion Atkins at Landon while Kevin Larsen and Virginia guard Justin Anderson played together at Montrose Christian. Anderson is Virginia’s team leader in scoring with 15.3 points per game on an impressive 10-16 from three-point land. Expect either Savage or Garino to draw the assignment on the 6’6″ Cavaliers sharpshooter early and often. The Colonials will also need to shut down guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward Anthony Gill in order to have a chance of pulling the road upset.

Tonight’s game marks the first time GW has faced Virginia since the 2004 Postseason NIT and the first regular season meeting since 1984. This is the first of a home-and-home series between the teams that will see Virginia make the trip to Foggy Bottom next season. The all-time series is tied 23-23, but a win for GW would be their first against the Cavaliers since January 1974.

WRGW’s coverage begins at 6:45 with tip off scheduled for 7 pm on gwradio.com.

Women’s Gameday #3: GW vs Bowie State

George Washington Colonials (1-1) vs. Bowie State Lady Bulldogs (1-1)
7 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: gwradio.com, RaiseHigh Live
Announcers: Cam Rohde, Ethan Arsht
Click Here to Listen Live

Coming off a thrilling 63-52 win over District rival American on Monday night, the Colonials return to the hardwood tonight for their home opener against Bowie State. GW survived a second-half scare on Monday night in Tenleytown to secure their first win of the season behind the efforts of freshmen Kelli Prange and Brianna Cummings. Prange finished with 16 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late while Cummings secured her first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Rebounding has been excellent for the Colonials through their first two games. Their plus-17 rebounding margin is the best in the Atlantic 10, as is both their rebounding offense and rebounding defense. This is made all the more impressive considering that GW has been without star forward Jonquel Jones to start the season.

Division II Bowie State is led by guards Ty-nita Baker and Donia Naylor. Baker leads the team in scoring with an average of 15.5 points per game while Naylor averages 15 points and 12 rebounds per game of her own. Naylor is coming off a 16 point, 12 rebound performance in a 24-point loss to Shippensburg on Saturday.

GW will be unveiling a WNIT-participant banner before the game. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm with WRGW’s coverage beginning at 6:45 on gwradio.com.

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