Atlantic 10 Semifinals: GW vs. Fordham
#1 George Washington Colonials (27-3, 15-1 A10) vs. #4 Fordham Rams (20-10, 11-5 A10)
11 AM, Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
Media: WRGW, CBS Sports Network
Announcers: Mike Martenak, Jeff Pawling
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The top-seeded Colonials took care of business on Friday morning in Richmond, getting some much awaited payback on the only A10 team to beat them in the regular season, Saint Louis. GW held off a late charge from the Billikens to win 77-63, behind 24 points from Caira Washington and Jonquel Jones‘ 18th double-double of the season (14 points, 15 rebounds), to advance to the Atlantic 10 semifinals.
In the semis, the Colonials will face the fourth-seeded Fordham Rams, who emerged from a dogfight with fifth-seeded Richmond 46-45. In GW’s lone meeting with Fordham this season back on February 21st at the Smith Center, the Rams stayed with GW for a half before Jonquel Jones transformed into Michael Jordan in the second half and turned in a record-setting performance. Jones set a new school record for most consecutive field goals made in a single game as she finished a perfect 10-10 from the field (2-2 from beyond the arc) for 22 points in just 18 minutes of action in an 83-65 win. Washington had paced the Colonials in the first half en route to an 18-point performance and Kelli Prange also chipped in 12 points in the win.
The Colonials heavily utilized their trio of top-notch bigs in the first meeting with Fordham. That will most likely be the formula for victory in the rematch. Fordham is a well-coached, fundamentally sound squad, but at least in the first game, the Rams did not have the height or physicality to stick with the Colonials for a full 40 minutes. Both teams will enter with the same amount of rest so the fatigue element should be relatively moot. If GW can replicate the game plan they used to wear down the Rams in the first game, there is no reason why the Colonials cannot take care of business against Fordham a second time and advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship Game.
WRGW’s coverage with Mike Martenak and Jeff Pawling begins at 10:50 with tip off scheduled for 11 am on gwradio.com.
Posted on March 6, 2015, in Campus, GW Basketball, Women's Basketball and tagged Caira Washington, Fordham women's basketball, GW women's basketball, Jeff Pawling, Jonquel Jones, Kelli Prange, Mike Martenak. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.