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George Washington Colonials 1-0 vs. #6 Virginia 1-0
7:30 PM,Charles E Smith Center, Washington DC
Cameron Rohde, Co-Sports Director
- What does a potential win mean? A win against # 6 Virginia would be a defining moment for Coach Mike Lonergan and Seniors Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald but what occurs after a potential win will be even bigger. Last year fans forgot the big win in Hawaii against Wichita State, this game is much bigger and is at home but if GW goes on to lose at South Florida or has any other slip ups in non-conference play, the win against UVA wouldn’t mean much moving forward.
- How many UVA fans make the trip from Charlottesville? Tonight’s game will be sold out and will be a majority pro GW crowd. However, when VCU a similar program with major success makes the trip up, there is always a lot of Ram fans. Hoping tonight is different but don’t be surprised to hear a lot of UVA fans in the background of the broadcast.
- Who steps up? Anytime you are faced with the daunting challenge of a top ten team it will often take a memorable performance to pull off the upset. Tonight will not be any different and after a quiet performance against Lafayette, I expect Joe McDonald to be the one that steps up and helps GW pull out the win.
Game Prediction- GW grinds out a nail biter and wins on a pair of clutch free throws from McDonald. Final Score- GW- 71- UVA 69
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
Game 1: George Washington Colonials vs Lafayette Leopards 7:00 PM
Cameron Rohde, Co-Sports Director
7 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
The Colonials face a stern test in their season opener as last year’s Patriot League Tournament champions make the trip down from Easton, Pennsylvania. The Leopards won 20 games last year and were rewarded with a tough matchup against interstate foe Villanova. The Leopards lost that game 93-52 but look to be a highly competitive team once again this year.
Three Things to Watch for Non-Conference Play
- JOE MAC: I’m expecting big things out of McDonald this year…. like Atlantic 10 player of the year. Yeah I said it, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to most GW fans. McDonald’s body looks NBA ready and combine that with last year’s newly acquired perimeter touch should equate to big things on campus this year. Bigger things are on the horizon for McDonald and it all starts tonight.
- Watanabe Time –Yuta dominated in the exhibition, scoring 15 points on 4-7 shooting while also snatching six rebounds. Yuta looked like a much improved player; looking stronger handling the basketball, exhibited a new hustle for rebounding, and was far more in tune with defensive rotations then anytime last year. If Yuta breaks out in his sophomore campaign, expect the team to re-enter the national picture come the start of A-10 play.
- Rotation- It was pretty clear last Saturday evening that guard play will not be a problem this year. Jorgensen will be the “Prince Harry of Harlem” he was billed up to be, Mitola gives the Colonials much needed outside shooting and Roland brings more athleticism and scoring off the bench then we’ve had in years past. The bigger question is front court depth. Who is going to provide defense and rebounding for the second unit? Who spells Larsen or Cavanaugh when either big is fatigued or in foul trouble? Saturday’s exhibition didn’t give us clarity and the answer may be to put Pato or Yuta at the stretch 4. The rotation should be much clearer come conference play and if small ball isn’t the answer than I’m not sure what is .
Game Prediction – McDonald outmatches Patriot League Tournament MVP Nick Linder, Larsen starts the year out with a double-double and Yuta scores double digits once again.
Final Score Colonials- 79 Leopards 63
Keith Woods, Co-Sports Director
12 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: @wrgwsports and @ GW_WBB for Game Coverage
The GW Women’s basketball squad will prepare for their highly anticipated season at noon today in an exhibition against the Christopher Newport Captains. This will mark the first game of the 2015-2016 year for either team. Christopher Newport is a Division III program hailing from Newport News, VA. They have advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament elite-eight and sweet sixteen previously in 2013 and 2014 respectively. While under the helm of their Head Coach Bill Broderick (entering his 4th season) the Captains have gone 70-18, winning nearly 80% of their games.
Three Things to Watch
1. Déjà vu– The Colonials return nearly all of their players from last season (13 of 14) and will be looking to replicate the success the team saw just a year ago. Four out of five starters return in Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible, Caira Washington, and Jonquel Jones with the addition of graduate student guard Lauren Chase taking over for Chakecia Miller as the conductor of the offense. As a result of such a multitude of familiar faces expect the Colonials to continue the momentum they built last season as they went 29-4 overall and 15-1 in A10 play.
2. New Rules/Format– As with the men’s side of things, the women will have to contend with some new rule and format alterations implemented by the NCAA this season. The most obvious of these changes is the new four quarter format as opposed to the traditional halves. Thats right, the NCAA is moving to a new quarter format (10 minutes/quarter) and doing away with the two 20-minute halves. The NCAA believes that this format change will enhance the flow of the on-court product. In addition teams will enter the double-bonus on the 5th team foul in the quarter and not on the 7th team foul of the half like in years past. Taking a page out of the NBA playbook the NCAA is implementing a new ball advancement rule in the last 59.9 seconds of play. If a timeout is taken within the aforementioned 59.9 second time period the ball will be advanced to the frontcourt. This should allow for a higher chance at buzzer-beaters and important game tying or even winning plays in crunch time.
For a full overview of all the new rules and format changes, check out this helpful article by the NCAA.
3. The Department of the Interior– Ahhh yes… the Department of the Interior as they’ve been dubbed by some will be exciting to watch in not only this game but for the rest of the 2015-2016 season. For the uninitiated the DoI is composed of three key GW frontcourt players: Jonquel Jones, Caira Washington, and Kelli Prange. It’ll be interesting to see how Christopher Newport intends to stop the trio that measures 6’4″, 6’2″, and 6’5″ respectively. The tallest player on Christopher Newport is 6’2″ Jessica Daguilh, but the playing time she’ll receive may be minimal as she’s only a Freshman. Look for GW to exploit the mismatches down low for most of the game.
Game Prediction: GW 89 – Christopher Newport 60
The Captains will need to focus on beating the Colonials backcourt for a chance to win this one. Expect to see the Colonials get out in front early and from that point on sustain a comfortable cushion throughout the matchup. Lauren Chase will pick-up right from where she left off last season and lead the team with around 4-5 assists. The frontcourt shouldn’t have too much trouble scoring over the undersized Captains, as the team snags a win in this exhibition.
Reminder- Our first live women’s broadcast will be next Saturday vs Grambling State at 2 PM.