Smith Snipes Colonials in Home Opener
After opening the season with a strong 63-41 win at the University of Texas-Arlington, the George Washington Colonials suffered a 73-68 loss on Wednesday to the Morgan State Lady Bears at the Smith Center. Jamesia Smith led the scoring for the Bears putting up 16 points, including four first-half three-pointers, to help the Bears take down the Colonials in their home opener.
GW got two back-to-back steals with under 4:00 to go in the second half and senior forward Tara Booker and junior guard Danni Jackson both drained three-pointers in consecutive possessions, but the Lady Bears shot 13-19 from the free throw line in the second half to stave off the Colonials’ last-minute surge.
After the first half, the Colonials were down six to the Lady Bears following Smith’s fourth three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer. Jackson said that the team’s slow start really came back to bite them.
“We just played really relaxed and not hard or aggressive in the first half,” she said, “and we tried to pick it up in the second half when it was too late.”
Jackson shot 4-10 from the field, and she didn’t get much help. Senior forward Tara Booker (who went 4-11) and junior forward Megan Nipe (shooting 4-15) also had off shooting nights. The team as a whole shot just 38.4% from the floor.
Coach Mike Bozeman placed the blame less on the players and more so on himself. He called the effective Morgan State offense troublesome, but blamed himself for the team’s slow start.
Morgan State, despite losing their top three scorers from last year, was able to win by a larger margin than they did against the Colonials in Miami last December.
The Colonials next play Saturday, when they host to Virginia Tech at 2pm. Adam Kelsey and Mike Martenak will have the call after the pregame show at 1:45.