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
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.
George Washington Colonials (14-2, 3-0 A10) at Rhode Island Rams (10-5, 2-1 A10)
7 PM, Thomas M. Ryan Center, Kingston, RI
Media Coverage: WRGW, A10 Digital Network
Announcers: Jeff Pawling, Mike Martenak
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The streaking Colonials hit the road for a two-game trip to New England, starting tonight against Rhode Island. GW is in the midst of a 12-game winning streak dating back to November 24th, the sixth-longest in Division I basketball.
The Colonials are coming off a 77-67 home win over rival Richmond this past Saturday, a game in which Chakecia Miller scored a season-high 16 points and Jonquel Jones secured her sixth double-double in seven games and eighth overall. At 3-0, GW is tied with Fordham atop the Atlantic 10 standings early in this conference season.
GW will need to do all it can to stop Rams newcomer Charise Wilson from going off tonight. Rhode Island is coming off a 71-62 win at Davidson, their first conference road win since 2010 and a game in which Wilson led all scorers with 22 points. She is the fourth-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 16.6 points per game.
As a team, the Rams defense is stout, allowing only 58.5 points a game and holding opponents to 35.6 percent shooting, meaning the Colonials will need to be on top of their game to get the win and keep the streak alive.
WRGW’s coverage with Jeff Pawling and Mike Martenak begins at 6:50 with tip off scheduled for 7 pm on gwradio.com.
George Washington Colonials (12-4, 2-1 A10) vs. Richmond Spiders (9-7, 2-1 A10)
7 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: WRGW Extended Play, 1500 AM, ESPNU/WatchESPN
Announcers: Keith Woods, Ethan Arsht
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Back in Foggy Bottom, the GW Men are looking to rebound from a deflating 63-50 loss at La Salle last Saturday, a game in which none of the “core four” Colonials scored in double-digits. Kevin Larsen, in particular, had a tough day, being held scoreless. GW’s winning streak was snapped at six games with the loss and now, the Colonials must attempt to put it behind them on “Buff Out Night” in front of a large crowd and another national television audience.
Yuta Watanabe was the lone bright spot for GW last weekend, scoring 12 points to secure his sixth-straight double-digit scoring output. Yuta was also in the spotlight off the court this week, as he was featured in a Washington Post story written by John Feinstein that highlighted his aspirations to play in the NBA.
Luckily for the Colonials, there has been no place like home this season, as GW is undefeated through six home contests. In order to secure their seventh home win, they will need to contain Richmond’s Kendall Anthony, who comes in 10th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Terry Allen could also create some problems for the Colonials’ bigs down low.
The game will air on WRGW Extended Play with coverage beginning at 6:50 and tip off scheduled for 7 pm on ep.gwradio.com.
GW tips off its Atlantic 10 Conference schedule today with a daunting, nationally televised road contest against preseason conference favorite Dayton. The game is a matchup of the A10’s two hottest teams, with the Colonials riding a nine-game winning streak and the Flyers having won eight straight games.
The game will likely be decided down low with a battle of formidable trios. Jonquel Jones and Caira Washington combined for 39 points and 15 rebounds in the Colonials’ win at Towson and Washington has especially come alive of late, averaging 18 points on 72 percent shooting over the past three games. Jones and Washington, along with Kelli Prange off the bench, will need to set the tone early and shut down the Flyers’ frontcourt composed of Ally Malott and Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova, with Saicha Grant-Allen off the bench. Malott could especially create issues for GW, as she enters as the fifth leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 with 15.8 points per game. Cornelie-Sigmundova is more of a defensive specialist, averaging a little under three blocks a contest.
The backcourt is the area where Dayton could separate themselves from GW, especially at home. The Flyers’ guards are led by Andrea Hoover, the A10’s second leading scorer with 20.3 points per game. Hoover is coming off a 29 point, eight assist performance at Central Michigan, a come-from-behind 98-89 win for the Flyers and I would not be surprised if Hannah Schaible picks up the defensive assignment on Hoover for the majority of this game. Shutting her down is imperative if GW wants to have any chance of picking up the road win.
It should be a fun one in Dayton today and we’ll have you covered from start to finish, with WRGW’s coverage beginning at 3:15 and tip off scheduled for 3:30 pm on gwradio.com.