GW Women Grind Out Win over USC Upstate Despite Offensive Struggles
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Despite shooting only 25 percent from the field, the Colonials managed to grind their way to a 48-37 victory over USC Upstate on Wednesday evening at the Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C.
Senior guards Danni Jackson and Shi-Heria Shipp led the way for the Colonials, scoring 11 points each in the win. Jackson added 6 assists and 4 rebounds while Shipp had 3 rebounds of her own. However, it was Shipp’s sudden offensive burst midway through the second half in which she scored a pair of baskets in a row that gave GW the momentum it needed to hold on for the win in a game that was closer than expected.
The game was marked by a series of starts-and-stops from the Colonials, who were generally inconsistent tonight in terms of performance. The Colonials jumped out to a 10-2 advantage early in the first half only to allow a 14-3 run to the Spartans before engaging in a back-and-forth struggle for control that led to a 25-21 GW lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Colonials used an early 7-2 run to jump out to a nine-point lead before conceding some of that momentum to the Spartans. However, in the second half, GW was able to keep USC Upstate at bay offensively, holding them to 16 points and rode strong defense to the ugly win.
Lauren McRoberts led all Spartan scorers with 12 points and added 7 rebounds off the bench in the losing effort. Travonda Haddock scored 8 points, also off the bench, and Brittany Starling added 7 points and 9 rebounds.
Yet, the Spartans committed 33 turnovers and took 20 less shots overall than the Colonials did, a testament to the stifling defense of the Colonials. But in terms of the shot volume statistic, a statistic that usually occurs because of dominating rebounding, this becomes more confounding by the fact that GW was outrebounded by USC Upstate 40-36.
All in all, this was certainly the ugliest win of the young Jonathan Tsipis era on Foggy Bottom and likely the worst performance of the season for the GW women. Yet, despite all the problems that the Colonials had offensively, their defense was able to wreak havoc on USC Upstate. Any time your squad can hold an opponent to 37 points in a 40 minute game, you have to be pleased. Still, the Colonials clearly have a lot of work to do offensively. Luckily for them, their opponent tonight was USC Upstate, only the second team GW has ever faced from the Atlantic Sun Conference. They got away with an ugly performance tonight, but they have to know that they won’t be able to get away with too many more of these performances as we get deeper into the season.
With the win, the Colonials improve to 3-1 on the season and now get set to face Virginia Tech on Sunday in Blacksburg. Tip off is at 3 p.m and you can listen to all the action on the flagship home of George Washington Women’s Basketball, WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.