Women’s Basketball Mid-Season Review
By: Harry Falber
The George Washington University Women’s Basketball team was tasked with an almost impossible task. The team had to replace arguably the best player and the best coach in the history of the program. Jonathan Tsipis, went 92-38 in four seasons at GW. He lead the Colonials to two straight NCAA tournaments, before he was hired by Wisconsin after last year. Jonquel Jones was drafted sixth overall last year in the WNBA draft and GW may never find a player like her for a long time.
However, new coach Jennifer Rizzotti has led the Colonials to a 13-8 record (6-3 A-10). Here at the mid-point of the season, we will take a look at what has been going well for the team as we hit the mid point in the 2016-2017 season.
Lexi Martins: A graduate student, who graduated from Lehigh this past May has made an immediate impact off the bench for the Colonials. She is averaging 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. For a bench player, who is 5th on the team in minutes, being the second highest scorer and the second highest rebounder (both behind Caira Washington), Martins is doing all she can for the Colonials.
Hannah Schaible: During Women’s games, Schaible is all over the court. Schaible has 45 steals on the season, 25 more than the next highest player for the Colonials. Her scoring numbers have gone up in each of her three seasons. She is averaging 10.1 ppg and 6.2 rebounds per game, which is impressive given her position as a guard.
Caira Washington: Although she missed the past few games due to a wrist injury, Washington has been the most consistent player for the Colonials this season. She was expected to be the star of the team after Jonquel Jones was drafted and she hasn’t disappointed.
Jennifer Rizzotti: Coach Rizzotti has fit right in with the Colonials in her first season on Foggy Bottom. The Colonials have a winning record and are tied for third in the A-10 standings. Athletic Director Patrick Nero could not have found a better fit to lead this team.