GW WBB heads to Philly to face La Salle
By: Zuri Lawrence
After a much needed win at home against Fordham, the Colonials head on the road to face conference opponent La Salle (15-9, 6-4 A10). Caira Washington returned in the game against Fordham after sitting out due to an injury to her right wrist. Washington led the Colonials with 21 points 8 rebounds and 6 assists with the team shooting 44 percent from the field, their highest field goal percentage in the last three games.
La Salle hosts GW after a 58-49 win against Rhode Island on Wednesday, giving them a five game win streak. The key players for the Explorers are senior Jasmine Alston and junior Amy Griffin; Alston leads the team in rebounds (6.2 DReb, 3.2 OReb) and assists (7.1) while Griffin leads the team in points (19.5) and steals (1.8). The Explorers have had trouble keeping possession of the ball with close to twenty turnovers in each of their last three games, with the Colonials tough defense La Salle will most likely be vulnerable on the offensive side of the ball.
With Caira Washington back in the lineup and the Colonials noticeably improved field goal percentage, the three ball will likely open up for a team who is not shy about shooting beyond the arch. Washington’s presence down low will also strengthen the Colonials already intense defense against La Salle who struggles to secure the ball, GW should look to capitalize on several fast break opportunities.
A point to watch would be the minutes for Colonials coming off the bench, Coach Rizzotti made it a focus point to rotate her bench during the absence of Washington, giving freshman Kendall Bresee her first start of the season. It will be interesting to see if off the bench players such as Kelsi Mahoney and Camila Tapias will see as many minutes as they have in past games without Washington. Regardless, GW should be able to hold the Explorers to under 40 percent from the field while continuing their improved shooting on the offensive end.
Prediction: GW – 64 La Salle – 55