Game 4: GW Women vs. UMBC
The Mike Bozeman era officially begins today for the Colonials as his squad takes on the Retrievers of Maryland – Baltimore County today at 2 PM at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. Bozeman’s team is coming off a disappointing home exhibition loss to the DT III All-Stars 71-66 and he is hoping that the tune-up allowed him to see what does and does not work on both sides of the ball. The pre-season matchup was marred by GW’s inability to control the basketball as they turned the ball over a whopping 28 times in the game. The Colonials also allowed DT III to get to the free-throw line 26 times while only attempting six shots from the charity stripe themselves.
There were some positives for GW in the exhbition. Jessica Adair imposed her will on the smaller DT III front-court scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds while looking unstoppable in the paint. Freshman Kay Kay Allums also looked good for the Colonials scoring nine points in a losing effort.
Today GW will look to get Adair as well as Antelia Parrish going early against a UMBC team that lost to the Colonials last season at the RAC Arena in Baltimore 79-59. That game saw Parrish begin her collegiate career by scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the victory.
UMBC returns seven starters including Pre-season All-Conference selection Carlee Cassidy who led all scorers in last year’s game with 24 points. Cassidy led the America East conference in scoring last season at a 17.0 PPG clip and will look to score early and often for head coach Phil Stern. UMBC also returns their lone senior Chantay Frazier and America East all-rookie selection Megan Collabella to the Smith Center in addition to seven freshman and a JUCO transfer Tonishea Mack.
Tipoff is at 2 PM and WRGW will have you covered all afternoon. Scott Trocchia and Perry Goldman have the call from the Smith Center while Adam Rosenbloom and Andrew Thal will handle production duties at the WRGW studios. You can click here to listen to all the action on WRGW today.
2:04 P.M. EST – Here are your starting lineups for today’s game:
G- # 5 Carlee Cassidy
G- #21 Michele Brokans
G- #20 Michelle Kurowski
F- #30 Erin Brown
F- #10 Megan Colabella
For GW –
G- #22 Stefani Munro
G- #5 Tiana Myers
F- #13 Antelia PArrish
F- #34 Ivy Abiona
C- #1 Jessica Adair
2:31 P.M. EST – UMBC has gotten off to a quick start thanks to the red-hot shooting of the leading scorer in the America East conference Carlee Cassidy who is putting on a shooting clinic here at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. Cassidy sparked an early 21-3 Retriever run to give UMBC a double-digit lead early, but the youth movement led by Tara Booker and Tiana Myers has brought GW back within seven points with under eight minutes remaining in the first-half.
3:20 P.M. EST – The Colonials have finally found their flow offensively and have jumped out to a three-point lead in the second half doubling the Retrievers 34-17 in points since the midway point in the first-half. Jessica Adair has had her way in the paint against the much smaller UMBC defenders as she leads the Colonials with 13 points and seven rebounds. Tiana Myers and Antelia Parrish each have eight points as Mike Bozeman’s team has used a balanced offensive attack to counter-act the barrage of three-point shots made by UMBC. Carlee Cassidy has cooled off significantly but she still has 26 points, one off of her career-high.
5:30 P.M. EST – The Colonials start the year off with a strong come-from-behind victory, defeating the Retrievers 75-56 behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Antelia Parrish and 15 and nine from Jessica Adair. The key to the game was that GW was able to wear down Phil Stern’s spread offense and Bozeman’s squad ended both halves on 27-9 and 31-11 runs respectively. A good win for the Colonials’ freshmen as Tara Booker and Tiana Myers look as though they will become mainstays here at GW and Kay Kay Allums is going to be a very solid Colonial for years to come as well.
Keep it here for all your Colonials action as our next game will be Monday evening at 7:30 P.M. when the women’s team hosts Coppin St. right here at the Smith Center.