Historic Opening Week for George Washington Women’s Basketball (AUDIO)

TIM RIORDAN
WRGW SPORTS DIRECTOR

George Washington Women’s Basketball opened up the 2013-2014 season with two historic wins over the Jackson St. Lady Tigers last Saturday and the California Golden Bears, who are ranked #10 in the country, on Friday.

GW started off the season in style, putting up more then 100 points for the first time since the game against Mt. St. Mary’s on December 17, 2000, defeating the Jackson St. Lady Tigers in decisive fashion, 101-73.  The Colonials scored first and never looked back, leading for the entire game.

While graduate student Megan Nipe led all scorers with 20 points, it was the trio of freshmen who really shined for the Colonials.  Guard Hannah Schaible and forward Caira Washington earned starting roles in the opener from Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.  Schaible scored 16, nabbed 7 rebounds, and totaled 3 assists, all while playing intensely on both sides of the court on the way to being named player of the game.  Washington scored 13 and had 8 rebounds.  Guard Shannon Cranshaw came off the bench totaling 13 points and a team high 5 assists in 21 minutes.

As the team approached triple digits, tension and excitement grew in the Smith Center.  The Colonials got the ball with 30 seconds left leading 99-73 and Alexis Chandler’s layup pushed the Colonials over 100 points.  Here are seniors Connor Doyle and Tim Riordan on the call for WRGW Sports.

After the game, Associate Head Coach Megan Duffy was excited about the accomplishment, but expressed some improvements needed before going into the California game.  Here is our exclusive post-game interview with Coach Duffy.

George Washington and Megan Nipe protected home court in a stunning 75-73 victory over the #10 California Golden Bears.

Nipe put up a career high 31 points on the way to GW defeating their first ranked team since 2008, when GW beat #10/8 California in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Nipe is also the first player to score 30+ points since Cathy Joens netted 32 in February of 2004.

The Golden Bears were lead by juniors Reshanda Gray, 24 points, and Brittany Boyd, 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Nipe and graduate student Danni Jackson, 14 points and 3 assists, were prolific from beyond the arc, combining to go 7-17, and getting the scoring started early in the first half.  Here are juniors Raynell Cooper and Mike Martenak on the call for WRGW Sports.

Cal went on a 7-2 run to end the first half, going into the locker room with a 41-34 lead.  GW, who came out strong to start the half, appeared to be giving the game away with some bad turnovers.

The tide turned quickly out of half time, as a Megan Nipe three pointer was able to tie the game back up at 43 a piece with 16:24 to play.

The lead would change hands five times in the second half, before Jackson’s three-pointer with 3:11 left to play put the Colonials up for good.

Down the stretch, California’s Courtney Range had two crucial offensive fouls called against her, and free throws were able to clinch it for the Colonials.

Once the final buzzer chimed, the “White Out” crowd of 1014 went crazy, celebrating what, potentially, could be the game of the year for this women’s squad.

Assistant Coach Diane Richardson joined Cooper and Martenak after the game for an exclusive interview.

The Colonials put their 2-0 record on the line, going on the road for the first time to face another ranked opponent in DMV rival, #8 Maryland.  Seniors Tim Riordan and Connor Doyle will have the call from College Park.  Tune into this game and all GW basketball games on WRGW Sports – Colonials Radio Central at wrgwsports.com.

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

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