GW returns home to face Duquesne
By: Zuri Lawrence
The GW Women’s basketball team looks to rebound after a tough 67-59 loss to St. Louis with a conference matchup against Duquesne (13-7, 6-2 A10) on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The Colonials (13-7, 6-2 A10) are coming off a tough game in which Lexi Martins led the team with 22 points and 8 rebounds while the other team members were unable to break 10 points. The Colonials dominated the defensive aspect of the game with 12 steals and 21 defensive rebounds on the game while holding the Billikens under 44 percent from the field, the weakness came from the lack of connection on the offensive side of the ball where GW only shot 35 percent from the field. Heading into this Sunday conference matchup, the Colonials need to regain their rhythm form the field.
The Dukes (11-11, 4-5 A10) visit with a rocky performance in conference play including a 94-65 win against St. Louis versus a 64-75 loss to Dayton. Chassidy Omogrosso is the team’s leading scorer shooting 14.4 points per game with 39 percent from the field as well averaging 3 assists per game. In their last matchup on Wednesday against the Richmond Spiders, the Dukes overcame a poor shooting first half (13 points) to keep the lead for the rest of the game behind Janelle Hubbard’s 20 points. The team shot 46 percent from the field and 83 percent from the foul line.
Both the Colonials and the Dukes have dominated their opponents on the glass in their last games and have shot free throws well, the key battle will be on the offensive end since both teams have statistically consistent defenses. The major weakness for Duquesne is the high number of turnovers (20 in the game against Richmond) on which the Colonials will have to capitalize, so hopefully the team will be able to bounce back from a less than standard shooting percentage against St. Louis. The major key for a GW win will be them winning the battle on the defensive end and shooting well offensively which is expected from the last matchup with Duquesne. Expected score: 74 – 52 GW.