Game 11: Women’s vs. Tennessee
The Thanksiving Classic was just what the doctor ordered for a Colonials (4-2) team that lost two straight on their Kentucky trip. They will need to use that momentum to their advantage tonight as they face their toughest test at home this season against the two-time defending National Champion, #7/12 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (5-1). The Smith Center is expecting a rambunctious crowd hosting a Tennessee team that is notorious for bringing with them thousands of fans from Knoxville. The following are some game notes for tonight’s matchup.
The Colonials are 0-8 in the all-time series against the Lady Vols…In their last meeting, #6/5 Tennessee defeated #21/19 George Washington 85-62 in Knoxville on December 7, 2006…Tennessee’s roster features just one senior (Alex Fuller F-C, 5.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg), no juniors, four sophomores, and seven freshmen…GW has won 32 of their last 33 home games (the loss coming a little over a year ago to Rutgers) and 132 of their last 137…The Lady Vols outround their opponents by over 10 per game this season and force over 20 turnovers per game…GW committed a season-high 26 turnovers against South Alabama in the first game of the Thanksgiving Classic on Friday night…Tennessee’s only road game so far this season was a 66-63 win against Chattanooga.
The game is set to tip from the Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. All the action can be heard live on WRGW starting at 7:10 with Adam Rosenbloom and Stu Grimes’s pre-game show. Julian Gompertz and myself, Greg Shapiro, will have the call for you. Check back for final scores and analysis.
Despite a valiant effort by the Colonials, they could not hold off the Lady Vols as Tennessee wins 71-59. Following a missed lay-up by Jazmine Adair to tie the game with just under 5 minutes to play, the Lady Vols closed on a 15-5 run to win the game. It was good to see this young Colonials team step up in their biggest home test of the season. They now have a 14 day layoff for finals before playing Troy at home on December 16.