Colonials End West Coast Trip with Blow Out Loss to St. Mary’s
Assistant Director, News and Social Media
Coming off their matchup with the eighth-ranked California Golden Bears on Friday night, a game that can be described in soft terms as a learning experience for Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis’ squad, it was expected that the energy and passion exhibited in the loss to Cal would carry over to their matchup with St. Mary’s in Moraga on Sunday afternoon, but would lead to a different and far better result. Unfortunately, while the energy did carry over to the court at McKeon Pavilion, the result was ultimately more of the same, as the Colonials dropped their second straight game in blow out fashion to the St. Mary’s Gaels by a final score of 79-49.
The game got off to a flying start, with both squads trading baskets in the early going. Freshman Anjaleace White came off the bench and made an immediate impact on the court for the Colonials, scoring on each of her first three shot attempts. However, a 12-2 run late in the first half allowed the Gaels to enter halftime with a 34-26 lead.
The second half for GW can only really be described as an utter disaster for the Colonials. Stifling early defense from GW was thwarted by a failure to execute on the offensive end and once the defense faltered later in the second half, the game became ugly real fast. A 19-4 run midway through the half all but sealed the win for the Gaels, who shot an efficient 49 percent from the field and improved to 8-4 on the season. GW had no answer for the trio of Jackie Nared, Danielle Mauldin, and Kate Gaze, who combined to score 51 of the Gaels’ 79 points. Both Nared and Mauldin were especially impressive, as each secured a double-double in the win. Nared had 21 points to go along with her 11 rebounds while Mauldin scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards.
As for the Colonials, they were abysmal from the field, finishing with a disappointing 34 percent shooting percentage. Senior forward Tara Booker had another disappointing game shooting the ball, going 2-9 from the field while at the same time providing a much needed presence on the glass with her eight rebounds. Senior guard Megan Nipe also had a frustrating afternoon shooting, going 2-14 from the field for a final line of six points and six rebounds.
Seniors Shi-Heria Shipp and Danni Jackson were a couple of the lone bright spots for GW, with each scoring 13 points and providing contributions on the defensive end. Anjaleace White also exhibited glimmers of excellent play in 18 minutes of action, finishing with six points and three rebounds.
Yet, there is no doubt that both games on this two-game West Coast swing were worst-case scenarios for the Colonials, as they were dominated by Cal on Friday night and then dominated in the second half of today’s game at St. Mary’s. While the offensive woes have unfortunately become a trend for Coach Tsipis’ squad, the most disturbing portion of today’s performance was the disappearance of the normally staunch GW defense. It is becoming more and more evident that this team will have trouble winning games if they give up more than 65 points and that is an extremely heavy burden to place on the defensive end of the court. GW must get better on the offensive end or we could end up watching more of the same results when Atlantic 10 play rolls around in two weeks.
With the loss, the Colonials drop to 6-7 on the season. GW will now get set to face North Carolina A&T in Greensboro on Sunday, January 6th. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. and you can listen to all the action on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.