By: Zuri Lawrence
The Colonials men are home for the last time this season with an A-10 matchup against top ranked Dayton. GW (17-13, A-10 9-8) is currently sixth in the A-10 standing so this game is a much needed win going in to tournament time and with a one-point win over Fordham on Wednesday will have to keep the fire burning to beat the top ranked team in the A-10. With the game beginning with a sendoff for seniors Tyler Cavanaugh and Matt Hart, the team has an incentive to end their regular season with an impressive win.
The Flyers (24-5, A-10 15-2) come in at the top, riding a nine-game win streak, their last loss coming in January to VCU (73-68). Dayton has already punched a ticket to the NCAA tournament later this month and a win to end the season would only cement them as the dominant A-10 team – if the point was not already made. Just looking at the offensive stats, the team does not come across as overbearing, shooting 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from beyond the arch and 70 percent from the line – the defense is what makes a statement. The team averages 4 blocks and 8 steals a game, which makes them a major threat in transition points, which has proven to be a spot of improvement for the Colonials. Even though the Flyers have secured a tournament appearance, expect them to bring both dimensions to the game to prove that they deserve their ticket.
The Colonials are coming off their fourth consecutive win out of their last five games, in which Cavanaugh has played a huge role in all of their wins. Cavanaugh has continued scoring double digits in the team’s recent wins but his free throws are what have been the deciding factor – he scored three free throws with .9 seconds left of game play to put the Colonials up by one on Wednesday. Hopefully Cavanaugh will bring his free throw shooting and Matt Hart will bring his NBA three-point shooting range; other players to watch will be Patrick Steeves and Yuta Watanabe. Steeves has been playing more in recent games and showing how aggressive he can be in paint while Yuta has been shooting well from everywhere on the court and forcing turnovers on defense. If GW brings out their transition defense and moves quickly on offense, they could come out with a win in this underdog game.
Prediction: GW – 77 Dayton – 75
By: Jack Linnehan
The GW Women’s basketball team begins their quest for a 3rd straight A-10 conference tournament championship today with a matchup against the last team to beat them, the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne traveled to Washington, DC and handed GW a 10 point loss, but the Colonials won 7 straight after that to close out the regular season on a hot streak.
The Colonials have been led by Lexi Martins, who has averaged 16.1 ppg and 8.8 rpg in conference play. The grad transfer forward has been a reliable presence in the frontcourt, posting 8 double-doubles and 16 10+ point scoring games.
The Dukes enter fresh off a 66-55 victory over George Mason in the first round of the tournament. Duquesne is led by Chassidy Omogrosso with 13.8 ppg, however during conference play it has been Julijana Vojinovic leading the way offensively, with 13.6 ppg.
With senior leadership from Martins as well as Caira Washington, Hannah Schaible, and Shannon Cranshaw, the Colonials have the upper hand when it comes to post-season experience. Expect them to take care of business and advance to the semifinals.
GW – 73
Duquesne – 61
By: Daniel Stettin
The George Washington Colonials (16-13, 8-8) look to get above .500 in conference play for the first time all season when they face the Fordham Rams (13-16, 7-9) Wednesday night in the Bronx. GW is coming off a 83-74 win over Revolutionary Rival George Mason Sunday afternoon in which Junior G Yuta Watanabe tied his season high with 18 points. Fordham, sitting just one game behind the Colonials in the A10 standings, is coming off a 70-48 loss at home to Richmond.
Fordham is led by Sophomore G Joseph Chartouny. He is third in the nation is Steals per game at 3.3 per game. While he has been deadly swiping the basketball, Chartouny is no Briante Weber, as he turns the ball over 3 times a game as well. The 6-3 Canadian can do a little bit of everything, averaging 11 PPG, 5 APG, and 4 RPG as well. Fordham has four players including Chartouny who average double-digit PPG so they run a fairly balanced offense.
One area where the Colonials should dominate is on the glass. Fordham averages just 29 boards a game and just two players average five a game. GW on the other hand has four players getting at least five a game. If there was a game for the freshman bigs to have a big game (they all have been quiet for the past few games), it would be this one against this undersized Rams squad. While Mason is also undersized, there style of play made it difficult for the Freshman bigs to match up.
Fordham’s Rose Hill Gymnasium is the oldest on-campus arena in D1 College Basketball and despite its small size, can get extremely loud and hostile to opposing teams (ask VCU fans, as they lost 69-67 in January). Despite this, I see a vastly improving GW team that is battling for the 5 seed with St. Bonaventure rally from being down at halftime to beat the Rams.
By: Daniel Stettin
The George Washington Softball Team (3-6) went 1-3 this past week at the UNC-Greensboro Invitational, defeating host UNC-Greensboro 10-1 after dropping the first three games of the weekend. The Colonials struggled in the first three games only putting up 7 total runs before erupting for 10 runs in the final game of the weekend.
In the opener, GW would fall to Longwood 4-3 despite a solid effort on the mound from Junior RHP Sarah Costlow (1-2). Costlow would pitch all 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on just 5 hits and 2 walks. GW would get on the board in the top of the second after a home run from Freshman Utility Player Jenna Cone. However, Longwood would respond with two runs in the bottom of the innings giving them a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Just a few hours later, GW fell to host UNC-Greensboro 6-2 after Freshman southpaw Kaitlin Buff (1-2) struggled to get through the 5th inning. Buff had a no-hitter going into the 5th but she would give up 6 runs (5 earned) on just 3 hits, 4 walks, and an error. Faith Weber finished the final 1 1/3 innings in relief of Buff and did not give up a run. GW scored both of their runs in the first innings when they started the game off with back to back singles from Alana Anderson and Megan Linn and both would score giving GW a 2-0 lead. UNC-Greensboro scored 6 runs in the 5 inning to give them the lead and the eventual win.
The rematch with Longwood Sunday afternoon did not go well for the Colonials, as they fell to the Lancers 11-2. The two teams put up zeroes in the first four innings before Longwood scored 6 unearned runs in the fifth inning. Sophomore RHP Jayme Cone (0-1) was coasting through the first 4 2/3 innings before giving up 2 baserunners and then the costly error would give Longwood the lead for good. Ashley Pitcher (Very Appropriate Last Name BTW) would come on in relief to get the last out of the 5th and then proceeded to give up 5 runs (4 earned) in the 6th. Offensively, it was another quiet game for GW as they totaled just 4 hits on the afternoon. Faith Weber hit a 2 run pinch hit Home Run in the fifth inning, her first hit and home run as a Colonial, but that wasn’t for the Colonials to rally.
The Colonials would finally get a W in Greensboro after they defeated host UNC-Greensboro 10-1 in their final game of the weekend. Costlow (2-2) was wild but effective for the Colonials in her second start of the weekend going all 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 HBP. GW got off to a quick 1 run lead in the top of the first after Senior Megan Linn walked and then scored on a double from Paige Kovalsky. After UNC-Greensboro tied it up in the first, GW responded with 6 runs in the second behind Jenna Cone’s Grand Slam (second homer of the weekend), which gave GW a commanding 7-1 lead that they would not give up.
Overall, the MVP of the weekend offensively for GW has to go to Freshman Jenna Cone for hitting two home runs. She has been the power threat for the Colonials thus far, with 3 home runs, 10 RBI’s, as well as leading the team with a .667 slugging percentage. The pitching MVP definitely goes to Sarah Costlow for her two starts where she went 11 innings and gave up just 3 earned runs. Costlow leads GW in essentially every pitching category.
Next up for the Colonials will be the home opener this upcoming weekend in the GW Colonial Classic. There will be 6 GW games starting this Friday at 1 pm vs Quinnipiac. There will be double-headers Friday through Sunday so look out for a bunch of GW softball this weekend. WRGW Live Coverage of GW Softball will begin this weekend for the opener vs Quinnipiac and will continue throughout the weekend.