Games 9/10: Thanksgiving Classic- Women’s vs. South Alabama and Hartford
The George Washington Colonials (2-2) look to get their season back on track after a disappointing Kentucky road trip that included 72-64 loss to Western Kentucky and a 67-48 loss to Kentucky. GW led by a substantial margin in both games but a lack of depth in the backcourt has proven to be their achilles heal in the early part of this season. This marks the first time since December 2002 that the Colonials have lost back-to-back road games. They look to right the track with two games at home in this Thanksgiving Classic at the Smith Center. The first game will be against South Alabama (4-0). The following are some game notes.
GW won both games of the Thanksgiving Classic last year against South Dakota State and Western Kentucky…The Colonials is 2-0 all-time against South Alabama, their last meeting taking place in 1990…GW has won 30 of its last 31 home games and 130 of their last 145 home games over the past decade…Three players on GW lead the team in rebounds averaging 6.3 per game in Jess Adair, Ivy Abiona, and Antelia Parrish…Tiana Myers leads all freshmen in minutes averaging just under 20 a game…South Alabama looks to start 5-0 for the second straight season…The Jaguars are outscoring their opponents by over 20 points per game…South Alabama is led by their backcourt of Shakira Nettles and Jessica Starling who are averaging over a combined 34 points per game…South Alabama posted a 20-11 record, the progam’s first 20-win season since 2003-04.
The game will be broadcast live on WRGW on Friday night starting with Max Smith and Jordan Teller’s pre-game show at 5:10 for a 5:30 tip. Dave Earl and Chase Carpenter will be bringing you the call from the Smith Center. Be sure to check back for the results and who GW’s opponent will be on Saturday between Hartford and Liberty.
Despite 26 turnovers for the Colonials, consistent shooting for the Colonials contributed to a 64-59 win and vaults GW into the title game on Saturday evening against Hartford. GW shot 49 % from the game, including 54.2 % in the second half. They shot 8 for 16 from beyond the 3-point arc in the game. Their woes from the free throw line continued as the team shot just 6 of 14 from the the charity stripe. However, the Colonials were able to lock down the Jaguars on defense containing the team to just 27.7% shooting from the field. GW was paced in scoring by Jess Adair’s 18 points. Antelia Parrish led the team in rebounds with 7 and had 15 points as well.
GW will play Hartford in the championship game on Saturday evening at 5:30 from the Smith Center. Game notes to come.
Thanks to two clutch free throws by Jazmine Adair clinching a 7-0 run in the final 2:30, GW won the title game against Hartford 67-65.
They will face their toughest home test of the season Tuesday night against Tennesse at 7:30 at the Smith Center.