November 29, 2014: Recapping a Hectic Day in GW Basketball
Two games tipped off within 45 minutes of each other today, with the GW Women playing in the Freeport Division final of the Junkanoo Jam and the GW Men facing off with Seton Hall in Newark. Suffice it to say, it was a busy day for the cast and crew of WRGW Sports, from New Jersey to Washington to Freeport. If you missed any or all of the GW basketball action, here’s what you missed:
GW Women 79, Purdue 59
In the Bahamas, the GW Women held off a late-surging Purdue squad to claim the Freeport Division title of the Junkanoo Jam and the esteemed conch shell trophy that goes to the winner. It was about as perfect a homecoming for Jonquel Jones as she could have planned. A day after going for 22 points and nine rebounds in a semifinal win over N.C. State, Jones captured another double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, earning tournament MVP honors. Chakecia Miller added 14 points on 6-11 shooting to go along with five assists while Hannah Schaible poured in 12 points on a crisp 5-7 from the field. But it was Lauren Chase who stepped up big down the stretch in the second half to stave off a late Boilermakers rally. On the surface, her nine points and six assists don’t stand out too much, but her big shots and overall play down the stretch proved to be the straws that broke the camel’s back late, or in this case, the Boilermakers. Without Chase, the final outcome of the game would have been in more doubt.
Nonetheless, it was certainly a fun weekend for Jonathan Tsipis’ squad in Freeport and a big confidence and momentum-builder for the team and a sign that they can play with any team out there, no matter the conference. The Colonials move to 5-2 with the win and now have a week off before they host Fresno State next Saturday in Foggy Bottom.
Seton Hall 58, GW Men 54
The GW Men did not have the same fortune the women had in the Bahamas, not least of which because the weather in Newark was significantly cloudier and colder than in Freeport. GW held high-powered Seton Hall to 58 points and their leading scorer, Sterling Gibbs, to a mere 11 points on 2-6 shooting, but it still was not enough to get the Colonials the win as their own offense faltered, especially down the stretch. Kethan Savage led all GW scorers with 19 points, but two of the final three Colonials possessions ended with Savage turnovers, including a charging call with a second left that sealed the win for the Pirates. Patricio Garino was the only other Colonials player in double-figures with 10 points on 4-6 from the field.
For GW, it’s their second loss of the season and their first of the heartbreaking variety, as the game was eerily reminiscent of some of the tough GW losses from a year ago. Many fans on social media were quick to blame the officiating for the outcome, but 18 turnovers and five missed free throws, including some big ones down the stretch, determined the final score just as much. The Colonials will need to regroup, with five days off before they face UMBC at the Smith Center on Thursday.