GW WBB Preview vs Coppin State 11/16/16
By: Cam Ventola
The George Washington Colonials will face off tonight against the Coppin State Eagles Wednesday night at 7 PM at the Smith Center. The Colonials enter tonights game at 1-1 on the year following a win over Princeton on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles are 0-2 on the season after two blowout losses to Virginia and VCU.
The Colonials will be looking to get into a rhythm, given the addition of new players, such as Kendall Bresee and transfer Lexi Martins, as well as a new Head Coach, Jennifer Rizzotti. The team’s primary issue so far has been turnovers–the Colonials committed 17 in the loss to Georgetown and 19 in the win over Princeton. This shouldn’t be a red flag to any observers–with new players in a new system there will be some bumps along the road, and finding their tempo may take some time. The Colonials will be looking to contain the Eagles’ Freshman Center, Chance Graham, who dominated despite a loss to University of Virginia. The Colonials’ depth at forward–Caira Washington, Lexi Martins, Kelli Prange, Jada Matthews and Kelsi Mahoney–should be be strong enough to overmatch the Freshman Graham.
The Eagles are hunting for their first win of the season, after blowout losses to Virginia, 103-40, and VCU, 73-44. Freshman Chance Graham has been the shining light on the team, scoring 7 points with 11 boards in the loss to VCU, and leading the team with 13 points, 9 boards and 2 steals against UVA. Outside of Graham, Coppin State’s offense has been inefficient, shooting just 30.2% versus VCU and a mere 21.4% against UVA.
Given GW’s superior depth at the forward position, the Colonials should be poised to defeat the inconsistent and defensively struggling Eagles. The Eagles don’t appear to have any reliable rotation players outside of Chance Graham, and with their offense lacking any efficient scoring threats, it appears they won’t win their first of the season tomorrow night. The Colonials will win 73-45.