Dominant Charlotte Forwards Overpower Colonials

Raynell Cooper
Women’s Basketball Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Scoring just three points in the first eleven minutes, the GW Women’s Basketball Team’s offense took too long to get going as the Charlotte 49ers, currently the second-place team in the conference, were able to lean on senior forwards Jennifer Hailey and Amanda Dowe to take a 68-56 win.

Senior guard Danni Jackson was GW’s leading scorer with 12 points. Sophomore Chakecia Miller, who usually starts in games against teams with smaller lineups, was benched in favor of freshman forward Anjaleace White. Miller played just 11 minutes, the lowest amount of playing time she has received this season. Graduate student guard Tara Booker pulled down nine rebounds, but that was not enough to compare to the two stars for Charlotte, who combined for 30 rebounds.

Despite the aforementioned slow start, GW was within striking distance of the 49ers for most of the game until a 13-2 run in the middle of the second half gave Charlotte a sustained double-digit lead that they kept for the remainder of the game. The teams started a combined 4-21 over the first nine minutes, until both teams started to go to the free throw line due to the physical nature of the game.

The Colonials tried to be physical against Hailey and Dowe, both of whom are averaging a double-double this season. However, GW came into the game 1-6 when they commit more than 20 fouls, a point of emphasis for Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. The team committed 24 fouls on Sunday, with five players committing four fouls each by the end of the game. The team wanted to rely on its post play, but neither White nor graduate student center Sara Mostafa was able to produce much on offense. Mostafa went scoreless from the field, often getting put-back opportunities but being unable to convert.

One positive to take away was GW’s ability to stop guard Ny Hammonds. The highest scoring in her position on the team scored just one point in 30 minutes. The Colonials were also able to force 16 turnovers on the part of the 49ers. The defense, however, was unable to do anything about the bigs down low for Charlotte, and that is what made all the difference.

As GW looks poised to be a conference tournament team, they will need to make sure their post players can defend against some of the A-10’s best if they want to be in contention in Philadelphia come March.

The Colonials (11-13, 5-6 A-10) have a week to make some adjustments before coming back home to take on St. Bonaventure (9-16, 2-8 A-10) on Sunday. Tip is at 2 p.m., and you can catch all of the action on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.

Posted on February 17, 2013, in Campus, GW Basketball, Women's Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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