By: Cam Ventola
The George Washington Colonials (7-3) dropped one against their crosstown rivals, the American University Eagles (3-5) 66-61 in overtime.
Despite the loss, there were certainly some standout performances on the Colonials’s roster. Senior Guard Hannah Schaible shot 9-16 from the field and ended with 19 points to go with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Forward Caira Washington continued her hot shooting with 11 points on 5-6 shooting to go with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
The Colonials suffered from inefficiency at the free throw line, going 6-14 overall, while the Eagles shot 11-13.
Though the Colonials out-rebounded AU 34-26, the Eagles put up a balanced scoring effort, with 5 players putting up at least 10 points. Elina Koskimies had the clutch basket of the night with a corner 3 pointer with around 15 seconds left in OT. Koskimies shot 3-4 overall, all 3 pointers.
Next up, the Colonials are on the road as they travel to South Dakota to challenge the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (7-1).
By: Arthur Pescan
Fresh off a runaway home victory Sunday afternoon at the Smith Center, the George Washington Women’s Colonials (7-2) look to extend their win streak to five as they face off against the District rival Eagles (2-5) at American’s Bender Center tonight at 7 PM.
Sunday saw the Colonials trounce visiting Illinois, 72-56, in a matchup that featured GW reach a 29-point cushion at one point over the Fighting Illini. Such dominance has become characteristic of the season so far for GW, with the team averaging a whopping 17.5-point margin over opponents in their seven victories this season.
Going into the game at American, expect to see continued offensive prowess from senior guard Hannah Schaible, who has averaged 16 points per game and a shooting rate of 48 percent from the field over the past few games, as well as senior Caira Washington (12.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg). Defensively, GW should continue to excel in the trio of Washington, graduate student Lexi Martins, and junior Kelli Prange, who have had repeated success in protecting the paint, limiting opponents to just 33-percent shooting there.
Scouting the Eagles, junior Emily Kinneston has been the offensive leader for American, averaging 12.3 points per game this season, while senior Lauren Crisler has come in clutch on the boards, averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. They come off a disappointing loss Saturday to William and Mary, 48-34, in which American stumbled offensively and defensively, shooting only 31-percent from the floor, as compared to their season average 43-percent.
Though both teams put up similar shooting numbers, expect GW to come out strong given the Colonials continued use of their skills from the line and on the boards, where they are shooting 65.8%, and averaging an A-10 leading 45.6 rpg, respectively. Couple that with the fact that the Eagles have struggled against strong defenses so far this season, the Colonials look set to win the District crown (or should I say Presidency?) tonight. Tipoff is at 7 PM, and WRGW coverage will begin at 6:45 PM on gwradio.com.
GW – 71
American – 50
By: Daniel Stettin
Florida State (7-1) was technically the away team Sunday afternoon, but they felt right at home at Verizon Center after dominating GW (5-4) 67-48. FSU led by as many as 35, but GW ended the game on a 18-2 run fueled by Kevin Marfo’s career high 18 points and 9 rebounds.
The Seminoles were led by G Xavier Rathan-Mayes’ 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. FSU played its best defensive game of the year, holding GW to just 22.6% from the field. This game was all FSU from the start, although GW did hold FSU to a season low in points.
For the first time in a GW uniform, Tyler Cavanaugh did not reach double digit points. Cavanaugh, who shot just 4-15 Saturday, struggled again with just 8 points on 2-9 shooting. Yuta Watanabe and Patrick Steeves both sat out with a calf and knee injury respectively.
Next up for the Colonials will be the Temple Owls this Wednesday night at 7:30 in Philadelphia. WRGW will not be covering the game but we will have updates through our twitter account, @wrgwsports. The next men’s game we will be covering will be next Saturday vs the Howard Bison at the Smith Center. Our coverage will start at 3:45 PM with the game tipping off at 4 PM.
By: Harry Falber
The GW Women’s Colonials dominated this game from start to finish and it wasn’t even close. GW beat the Illinois Fighting Ilini 72-56 from the Smith Center Sunday afternoon.
Three different Colonials (Washington, Schaible, Cummings) scored in double figures. The Colonials were also a perfect 16-16 from the free throw line.
MVP of the Game:
While there are so many people this can go to, we’re going to give this one to Hannah Schaible. Schaible was all over the court for the Colonials finishing with a team high 14 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. When Caira Washington wasn’t playing that well in the first half, it was Schaible picking up the slack.
Difference of the Game
GW outrebounded Illinois 48-25. GW had 17 offensive rebounds as well. The rebounding was a huge difference maker in this game. Caira Washington led the Colonials with 9 boards.
A look ahead
The next GW Women’s game will be Wednesday night at American. With this win, the Colonials move to 7-2.