GW Holds on for the Win in Battle of the Orange Line
The women’s basketball team’s 60-52 win over George Mason should have Colonials fans saying this infamous phrase all day long: “She’s baaaaaack.”
“She” is in reference to senior guard Danni Jackson who had by far her best performance of the season: a season-high 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Jackson looked as confident as she had all year long running the point for the Colonials, with the most noticeable difference coming from her perimeter jumper. It would be more desirable for more players to score in double digits (the closest were classmates Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp with nine points each), but when the entire starting lineup has at least three rebounds and one assist apiece, it is pretty safe to say that everyone was involved.
The Colonials shot around 45 percent for the game and led by as many as 14, but they kept letting George Mason hang around in large part because they kept turning the ball over. The Patriots took the ball away 16 times on Saturday afternoon and had the same number of points off of turnovers. It has been a problem all season long, but GW still showed some serious resiliency. Even when the lead was cut to three in the latter stages of the game, it was the closest George Mason would get.
GW’s stout defense made shooting tough for the Patriots, as Mason shot only 29 percent from the field. In fact, Saturday’s contest was the eighth time the Colonials held their opponents under 55 points, which is not a bad trend two weeks shy of Atlantic 10 play.
It is clear that even despite the turnovers, which continue to be a problem for Jonathan Tsipis’ crew, the Colonials have regained some much-needed momentum over the past couple games as they now prepare for their toughest stretch of the season, a four-game road trip where their opponents have combined for 25 wins this season. If GW is to survive this trip with at least a .500 record, they will have to cut down on the turnovers and continue to play a stifling brand of defense. Otherwise, it could be a very long couple of weeks for the Colonials.
With the win, GW improves to 6-5 on the season. The women will start their big four-game road trip with a West Coast swing, traveling to Northern California to take on the eighth-ranked California Golden Bears at the Haas Pavilion on December 28th. Our coverage starts at 9:45 eastern time, 6:45 pacific with Jeff Pawling and Cameron Rohde on the call.
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