GW Women Begin Highly Anticipated Season with Home-Opener vs. Grambling State
Game 1: George Washington Colonials vs Grambling State Tigers 2:00 PM
Keith Woods, Co-Sports Director
2 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
The GW Women will kick-off the season this afternoon in a matchup against the Grambling State Tigers from Grambling, Louisiana. The Tigers are coming off somewhat of a mediocre a 10-20 season (7-11 in the SWAC). The Colonials in 2014-2015 finished 1st in the Atlantic 10 with a tremendous record of 29-4 (15-1). This should be an easy match-up for the Colonials, but as we know it’s important to never overlook the opponent. Keep reading below to find out the three things to watch for during GW Women’s basketball non-conference play.
Three Things to Watch for in Non-Conference Play
- Lauren Chase: It goes without saying that Chase has some big shoes to fill following the departure of guard Chakecia Miller due to graduation. I think Chase will end up successfully taking over as the conductor of this offense but it may take a few games to really get into the swing of things for the graduate student guard. In her last game out versus Christopher Newport Chase looked fantastic tallying 7 points on 3 of 8 shooting, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. Look for her to exploit the relative inexperience of Grambling State’s backcourt in this upcoming matchup.
- Kelli Prange – No doubt about it, Kelli Prange was an absolute stand-out as a Freshman last year for the Colonials. Having made the All-Rookie Team and dropping 21pts on an efficient 9-12 shooting in her last game against Christopher Newport, Prange comes into non-conference play with sky-high expectations. Not only does Prange have great legth she also has a superb shooting touch. I would to see her 3pt shooting percentage jump this season to around the 35% mark. If Prange can get the 3pointer to go on a slightly more consistent basis it’ll be extremely tough tough for opponents to guard defensively, essentially forcing them to choose leaving Washington and Jones open down low or guarding Prange who’ll be stretching the floor.
- Height Advantage- As was evident in the win over Christopher Newport, GW’s length is going to pose a problem for many opponents this upcoming season. Caira Washington scored 15 points, Prange added 21, and Jones another 14. Expect the inside presence to be key for the Colonials early on as this unit not only has great height but also much past-playing time and experience. Relying on the experienced front-court to dominant game in and game out is something I think we’ll see a lot of during this non-conference schedule.
Game Prediction – Jonquel Jones and the rest of the bigs are too much for Grambling State to handle. GW gets out to a decent lead early on and cruises to the finish. Lauren Chase finishes the game with double-digit scoring and at least 5 assists as she fills the hole left by Chakecia Miller.
Final Score: Colonials 78 – Tigers 54
Posted on November 14, 2015, in GW Basketball, Women's Basketball and tagged colonials, Grambling State women's basketball, GW women's basketball, Keith Woods, Women's Basketball. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.