Game 5: Women vs. Coppin State
Mike Bozeman’s 1-0 George Washington Colonials will take on the Coppin State Eagles after a come-from-behind 75-56 victory over UMBC on Saturday afternoon. This is the shortest amount of rest between games the Colonials will get all season having just one day to recover from a tough UMBC squad led by Carlee Cassidy’s career-high 31 points. GW was led by a combination of experience and young talent that will likely be a harbinger for the rest of the season. Antelia Parrish was just four assists shy of the third triple-double in school history with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jess Adair was a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and 9 boards. However, it was the freshmen Tara Booker and Tiana Myers who ignited the Colonials offense during their first half struggles closing the half on a 27-9 run before pulling away in the second half. The following are some game notes for tonight’s matchup against the Eagles.
GW looks to start 2-0 for the third consecutive season tonight…The Colonials have won both previous meetings against Coppin State by an average of 37.5 points…The Eagles are the defending MEAC champions posting a 22-12 record last season and qualifying for their third NCAA tournament in four seasons…Coppin State will be relying on their front court after losing all-MEAC first team guards Rashida Suber and Shalamar Oakley who combined for 35 points per game last year…CSU will be anchored by pre-season all-MEAC selections Whitney Cunningham and Danielle Anders who averaged a combined 24 points and 13.5 rebounds per game last season.
The game will be broadcast live on WRGW, gwradio.com starting with the pre-game show at 7:10 in preparation for a 7:30 tip. Adam Rosenbloom will be providing play-by-play and Mallory Thompson will be making her broadcasting debut as color for the game. Scott Trocchia and myself, Greg Shapiro, will be producing from the ground floor of the Marvin Center providing your pre-game, half-time, and post-game shows. Keep it here for your game updates.
This will be GW’s last game at home before heading to Kentucky this weekend where they will face Western Kentucky on Friday at 8 and Kentucky on Sunday at 2. Ben Toder and Alex Tainsh will have the call.
7:55 It’s been all Colonials in the first 10 minutes of this game as they are firing on all cylinders to lead it 29-9 with about 10 minutes to play. They have just gone on a 10-0 run and are led by Jazmine Adair’s 8 points.
8:40 The Colonials went into half-time doubling Coppin State’s score with a 42-21 lead going into the locker rooms. They picked up where they left off in the first few minutes of the second half going on a 9-0 run to take a 51-21 lead. Jazmine Adair leads the way for the Colonials with 10 points. Parrish leads in rebounds and assists with 6 and 4, respectively, to go with her 9 points. The key for GW throughout this game has been their ability to take care of the ball, committing only 3 turnovers the first half, which has been a big focus for Bozeman’s young team. Nearly every Colonial checked out into the game in the first half and 9 players logged 5 minutes or more.