GW Women Prepare for Big Season with an Exhibition vs. Christopher Newport
Keith Woods, Co-Sports Director
12 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: @wrgwsports and @ GW_WBB for Game Coverage
The GW Women’s basketball squad will prepare for their highly anticipated season at noon today in an exhibition against the Christopher Newport Captains. This will mark the first game of the 2015-2016 year for either team. Christopher Newport is a Division III program hailing from Newport News, VA. They have advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament elite-eight and sweet sixteen previously in 2013 and 2014 respectively. While under the helm of their Head Coach Bill Broderick (entering his 4th season) the Captains have gone 70-18, winning nearly 80% of their games.
Three Things to Watch
1. Déjà vu– The Colonials return nearly all of their players from last season (13 of 14) and will be looking to replicate the success the team saw just a year ago. Four out of five starters return in Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible, Caira Washington, and Jonquel Jones with the addition of graduate student guard Lauren Chase taking over for Chakecia Miller as the conductor of the offense. As a result of such a multitude of familiar faces expect the Colonials to continue the momentum they built last season as they went 29-4 overall and 15-1 in A10 play.
2. New Rules/Format– As with the men’s side of things, the women will have to contend with some new rule and format alterations implemented by the NCAA this season. The most obvious of these changes is the new four quarter format as opposed to the traditional halves. Thats right, the NCAA is moving to a new quarter format (10 minutes/quarter) and doing away with the two 20-minute halves. The NCAA believes that this format change will enhance the flow of the on-court product. In addition teams will enter the double-bonus on the 5th team foul in the quarter and not on the 7th team foul of the half like in years past. Taking a page out of the NBA playbook the NCAA is implementing a new ball advancement rule in the last 59.9 seconds of play. If a timeout is taken within the aforementioned 59.9 second time period the ball will be advanced to the frontcourt. This should allow for a higher chance at buzzer-beaters and important game tying or even winning plays in crunch time.
For a full overview of all the new rules and format changes, check out this helpful article by the NCAA.
3. The Department of the Interior– Ahhh yes… the Department of the Interior as they’ve been dubbed by some will be exciting to watch in not only this game but for the rest of the 2015-2016 season. For the uninitiated the DoI is composed of three key GW frontcourt players: Jonquel Jones, Caira Washington, and Kelli Prange. It’ll be interesting to see how Christopher Newport intends to stop the trio that measures 6’4″, 6’2″, and 6’5″ respectively. The tallest player on Christopher Newport is 6’2″ Jessica Daguilh, but the playing time she’ll receive may be minimal as she’s only a Freshman. Look for GW to exploit the mismatches down low for most of the game.
Game Prediction: GW 89 – Christopher Newport 60
The Captains will need to focus on beating the Colonials backcourt for a chance to win this one. Expect to see the Colonials get out in front early and from that point on sustain a comfortable cushion throughout the matchup. Lauren Chase will pick-up right from where she left off last season and lead the team with around 4-5 assists. The frontcourt shouldn’t have too much trouble scoring over the undersized Captains, as the team snags a win in this exhibition.
Reminder- Our first live women’s broadcast will be next Saturday vs Grambling State at 2 PM.