George Washington Colonials (12-3, 2-0 A10) at La Salle Explorers (8-7, 0-2 A10)
12:30 PM, Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Media Coverage: 1500 AM, NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra
A busy Saturday for GW Basketball tips off at 12:30 with the men in action on the road in Philly for the second time in as many weekends. This time, the Colonials trek to Tom Gola Arena to face off with reeling La Salle, a squad that has lost seven of their past 11 contests.
GW is off to a 2-0 start in the Atlantic 10 after surviving a late comeback attempt at Saint Joseph’s last Saturday and holding off Saint Louis 75-72 in their A10 home opener this past Tuesday. The Colonials had five scorers in double-figures in their win over the Billikens, led by Patricio Garino‘s 18 points and Kevin Larsen‘s 16. Yuta Watanabe also finished in double-digits for the fifth straight game, with 10 points in 21 minutes off the bench. GW needed all the help they could get on Tuesday as they were blindsided by a rebuilding Saint Louis team that had cracked the 70-point threshold just once coming in to the contest.
La Salle has dropped their first two A10 matchups, losing to George Mason down in Fairfax last Saturday and dropping a six-point decision at home to UMass on Wednesday. The Explorers have leaned on Jordan Price, a transfer guard from Auburn, who currently ranks third in the conference in scoring with just over 17 points per game. In addition, frontcourt mainstays Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack could create problems down low for the Colonials if Larsen, Watanabe, and John Kopriva fail to bring their A-games.
Due to logistical difficulties, WRGW will not be carrying the game in Philadelphia today. However, you can still listen to Byron Kerr’s call on federalnewsradio.com and 1500 AM, with tip off scheduled for 12:30.
George Washington Colonials (13-2, 2-0 A10) vs. Richmond Spiders (9-5, 1-1 A10)
2 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: WRGW, RaiseHigh Live, A10 Mobile App
Announcers: Cameron Rohde, Tyrique Wilson
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Approximately 90 minutes after the GW Men tip off in Philly, the GW Women will get underway in Foggy Bottom, looking to defend their Smith Center floor and extend their win streak to 12 against rival Richmond.
The Colonials defeated St. Joe’s 83-69 on Wednesday night in their A10 home opener to match the sixth-longest winning streak in program history. Caira Washington led the team and tied her season-high with 23 points on 9-15 shooting while Jonquel Jones collected her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hannah Schaible also had a great all-around performance, filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
In addition to their season win streak, GW will also be looking to extend a team winning streak against Richmond. The Colonials have won the last three matchups between the two programs, the most recent of which was a 72-58 win down in Virginia’s state capital last season.
The Spiders come into Saturday’s contest red hot themselves, having won six of their past seven and most recently knocking off St. Bonaventure 67-61 this past Wednesday. GW will need to contain Janelle Hubbard, who is coming off a 24-point performance on 4-7 from beyond the arc against the Bonnies. The Colonials will also need to contain Preseason All-A10 Second Team selection Genevieve Okoro on the glass. Okoro is third in the conference in overall rebounding with 8.1 boards a game.
The women’s game will air on WRGW, with pregame coverage beginning at 1:45 and tip off scheduled for 2 pm on gwradio.com.
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George Washington Colonials (12-2, 1-0 A10) vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks (5-8, 1-0 A10)
7 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Media Coverage: WRGW, RaiseHigh Live, A10 Mobile App
Announcers: Raynell Cooper, Mike Martenak
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The Colonials return to Foggy Bottom for their Atlantic 10 home opener fresh off a nail-biting 69-66 win over preseason conference favorite Dayton on Sunday afternoon.
Behind Jonquel Jones‘ fourth double-double in five games (24 points, 17 rebounds), GW ended the Flyers’ 31-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation, and announced their presence as the conference’s early season front-runner with authority. Caira Washington also added 23 points in the win, marking her second straight game with 20 points or more. The Colonials have now won 10 games in a row and, at 12-2, have matched the best start in school history.
St. Joe’s will not be content to sit back and let GW run through them on Wednesday night, especially after the way their season ended last year at the hands of the Colonials in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. The front court will, once again, be the main battleground as the Hawks are led by forward Sarah Fairbanks, a Preseason All-A10 Third Team selection who scored 15 points in St. Joe’s last game, a 63-46 home win over VCU. Natasha Cloud is also poised to wreak havoc in the back court. The reigning A10 Defensive Player of the Year finished with 10 points and 10 assists against the Rams last Saturday.
WRGW’s coverage with Raynell Cooper (broadcasting his final game as a GW student) and Mike Martenak begins at 6:45 with tip off scheduled for 7 pm on gwradio.com.
5:05 At 5 p.m., Karl Hobbs opened up the doors to his practice to the public. It appears to be business as usual for the Colonials. Hobbs started practice with a fast break drill starting with a free throw and the defense running the break off the rebound. Interesting to see how the offense seems to run with equal efficiency with both Travis King and Tony Taylor running the offense. The emphasis in this drill appears to be communication. Switching defenders and calling out screens is an improvement that this GW team has made clear in this pre-season.
5:27 The team is now running some set plays both from half court and baseline in-bounds plays. Working with screens off the ball and creating for teammates seems to be a key theme. As Hobbs asked everyone to bring the ball in, there seemed to be a high level of enthusiasm and hustle. There seems to be a good rapport buliding between the players and as Hobbs addresses the crowd, “good chemistry” this season will be the key to a successful season this year. The second reason for Hobbs’ enthusiasm going into this season is that the team is “returning to their GW style of play.” He is now fielding questions from the crowd of 50 or so on hand for today’s practice.
5:46 When asked about how the leadership will emerge this season, Hobbs talked about changing around the locker room arrangement. He has put every freshman next to a senior and expects both Wynton Witherspoon and Noel Wilmore to help Rob Diggs as far as the senior leadership position goes. Having starting point guard, Travis King, returning to the line-up will obviously put the offense back on the right track and won’t have to rely on a point guard-by-committee approach that was employed last year until finding Johnny Lee midway through the conference season. He anticipates freshman, Tony Taylor from Steppanack, NY, to have an immediate impact relieving King off the bench while he is on the mend from last year’s season-ending ankle injury and wearing an ankle brace for the season.
5:52 When asked about the lack of quality opponents on this year’s non-conference schedule, Hobbs stressed how difficult it is to get big-name schools to play in the Smith Center due to its reputation as being an extremely tough place to play. He also discussed how the lacking facilities at the Smith Center in comparison to GW’s competition have made it difficult for GW to secure top recruits.
That concludes our coverage of the GW men’s open practice. The team will open up their season on the road against Boston University on November 14 after playing West Georgia on November 8 in their lone exhibition game. Check back for news and notes.
PHILADELPHIA – Coach Jonathan Tsipis’ debut season at the helm of the Colonials saw many high notes, and though the final game, a 74-49 loss to a nationally-ranked Dayton Flyers team, was not one of them, this team was able to get their most wins since 2009, give outgoing graduate students Sara Mostafa and Tara Booker their first postseason win, and set themselves up for a busy spring.
Booker pulled down eight boards and led the way for GW with 12 points. Senior guard Shi-Heria Shipp also scored in double figures with 11, and her boards helped GW win that battle 39-34. Mostafa, though not particularly successful shooting, was able to get seven rebounds of her own.
The Dayton Flyers (27-1, 14-0 Atlantic 10) proved a bit too much for the Colonials (14-16, 8-8 Atlantic 10) to handle in a rematch of an 80-51 Dayton win in Ohio earlier this season. GW kept things close until Dayton was able to go on a 15-2 tear to end the half, which included a transition three from guard Andrea Hoover. Transition scoring was key, especially early on for Dayton. The Flyers’ phenomenal ability to hit stop-and-pop jumpers in transition fueled the Flyers and set them up to have a 43-21 lead at the half.
Coach Tsipis was keenly aware of Dayton’s quickness, noting that “Dayton’s way too good of a team…to be half a step slow.” They got beaten down the court by just enough on several occasions to allow easy baskets. Dayton would lob the ball down the court as opposed to bringing it down traditionally, especially in the first half, which would give their shooters a few extra steps.
The blistering speed of Dayton slowed down a bit in the second half, allowing the Colonials to keep the Flyers from really flying away. The 22-point deficit did not shrink by much, but GW kept the deficit under 25 in the first fifteen minutes of the half.
“That was a tough mountain to come back from,” said Tsipis about the deficit. He was impressed in his team’s ability to play this talented Dayton team close. Offensively, GW was often forced to pass several times to get clean looks at the basket. “They were the aggressor,” said Tsipis. “We took a lot of shots at the end of the shot clock, I think that just revs up their transition game.” Dayton recorded 11 blocks, led by forward Jodie Cornelie Sigmundova with five. Guards and forwards alike were being stopped by the bigs inside by Dayton.
The Colonials finish the season with a loss, but they have a lot to be proud of. Check back to this site later in the week for a full recap of GW’s season.
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