GW Women Drop Opener to Florida Gulf Coast
On Friday night George Washington women’s basketball team fell to the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles 88-75 at FGCU’s Alico Arena in Fort Myers. It was a close game for most of the contest, with the Eagles only pulling away in the last few minutes. GW had the lead for a large part of the first half, and was within a possession for several more minutes throughout the game.
The Colonials got significant contributions from some new faces, with 45 of their 75 points coming from players making their debuts for GW. Freshman forward Kelli Prange had a productive debut, putting up 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Senior point guard Lauren Chase, who missed all of last season due to transfer rules and a concussion, had 11 points. Freshman Brianna Cummings went 4-for-5 from the field and finished with 10 points. These players had to step up to fill the gap left by Jonquel Jones, who was unavailable for the game.
The Eagles had large contributions from several players, with four players in double digits, led by Kaneisha Atwater and Anthi Chatzigiakoumi, who each had 17 points. The Eagles continued their program’s tradition of being a three-point shooting team, hitting 7 of 15 from beyond the arch.
Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball has been a powerhouse since its first season in 2002-03. The program has won more than 80 percent of their games, and has never lost more than nine games in a season.
The GW women’s team plays next on Monday, November 17th at 5 pm, at American University. That game will be broadcast live on gwradio.com, with coverage starting at 4:45 pm.