Over the course of the day, serious commitment and competition balanced the haphazard planning and goofy squad.
Playing basketball at GW isn’t the first time Shannon Cranshaw has found her place with a tight-knit group.
In a 56-48 loss at Richmond on Saturday, the Colonials' reserves outscored Richmond’s 20-17, behind 18 points from Kethan Savage, the first time in 11 games that GW’s bench outscored an opponent.
Smarter defense, less adept shooters and officiating changes have all contributed to a growing trend of low scoring in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
Juniors Joe McDonald, Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and senior John Kopriva have started all 25 of GW’s games this season, but that could change as early as Wednesday.
GW’s opening game against NJIT on Saturday marks the beginning of a season with less to instill and more to mold, teach and do. Here’s a look at the pieces and how they’re coming together.
The Colonials, which had trailed for a total of two seconds in their previous game, erased a Dayton lead with a three from Jonquel Jones that sparked an 11-point run on the way to a 67-56 win at the Smith Center, the team’s 19th straight.
Head coach Gregg Ritchie had a fairly strict clean-shave rule during his first two seasons with the Colonials. But after slow starts plagued the team both years, he decided to loosen things up.
Head coach Stacey Schramm hopes an infusion to pitching and continued explosiveness from infield bats will translate into more wins in the 2015 campaign.
While college hoops may be one of the toughest sports to play as a visitor – the formula for RPI counts a road win as 1.4 wins and a road loss as 0.6 of a loss – an experienced GW squad that’s starting five upperclassmen was expected to better maintain its composure in hostile territory.
Change certainly has come to define the world of college sports, but so has D.C. The site of the NCAA and A-10 meetings was no accident, and as the District becomes an increasingly important destination for NCAA administrators, GW is getting a front-row seat.
Prange has become the third piece of GW’s imposing frontcourt. She is the third-leading scorer and rebounder on the team, after junior Jonquel Jones and sophomore Caira Washington.
The game was a battle for first place in the Atlantic 10 between two teams known for outstanding defensive play. By the end of the night, the “havoc” was the clear winner.
But in their 73-59 victory over Duquesne on Saturday, the Colonials were able to sink 12 three-pointers and go 50 percent from beyond the arc on the day, despite hitting just six or fewer in 18 of 20 games so far this season.
It was May 2013, and a lesser-known high school junior with shaggy blond hair and devastating dribbling skills was taking it to a group of New York City’s finest high school ballers on a court at 145th Street and Lenox Avenue.
Women’s squash split Homecoming Weekend with a win over Columbia and a loss to Yale while the men lost 8-1 against both teams, but both men and women are positioned to finish the season ranked higher than last season.
In their first year as a team, the upstart group has found a home at the Georgetown community track, a couple miles north of Foggy Bottom.
Coming off four straight wins by a double-digit margin and riding a 14-game winning streak, this year’s team looks like a contender for a conference championship, which yields an automatic bid, or an at-large selection from the tournament committee come March.
The organization now boasts more than 3,500 students who attend both varsity and club sporting events, but are best known for flocking to the Smith Center, cardboard fatheads of players' faces in tow, for basketball games.
The expectations for this team were high, bolstered by the league’s best frontcourt. But the Colonials look ready to exceed them, and not just because of their one-two punch up front and noteworthy +15.2 rebounding margin.
Did the A-10 peak last year? Now that non-conference play has concluded, the league has laid the groundwork for how conference wins will be perceived nationally. The conference doesn’t look like it will match last season’s strength come March, but it should still hang in there with a handful of bids.
With a 6-foot-5 freshman averaging 11.4 points per game, a veteran guard returning to the floor from a costly injury and a 16.9 rebounding margin (second-best in the NCAA), GW has some new weapons in its arsenal to build on an 11-5 conference record last season. But with GW, and others, vying for the top spot, where will everyone fit?
For the Colonials and for the A-10 as a whole, there are still unanswered questions as the league begins its expanded 18-game schedule. Here’s what to expect from each team GW will face in conference play
When the wound of a championship loss heals, volleyball will be able to look back on an impressive year: the most wins since 2000 and the first trip to the Atlantic 10 title game since 2002.
Over Thanksgiving break, the women’s basketball team traveled over 958 miles to compete in the Junkanoo Jam, marking the first time that Freeport-native Jones has displayed her talent for her mother and grandmother in her GW uniform.
As the Colonials’ 58-54 loss to Seton Hall showed, just because GW doesn’t have to rebuild the house this year doesn’t mean it won’t require some remodeling for the team to get its offense humming as a unit.
Almost all of the Colonials' deficiencies Friday night stemmed from its inferiority in the paint. Virginia dominated down low, outscoring the Colonials 42-24 from the painted area and holding both GW starting forwards to a combined five points on the night.
The loss rendered the team runner up at the tournament, which now awaits its fate on the bubble for the NCAA tournament after a 22-8 season that was the best for the program in over a decade.
While the Colonials’ loss to No. 9 Maryland on Saturday may have spoiled the welcome-back party for forward Jonquel Jones, the team also got a taste of what it can accomplish.
After a highly successful year, the Colonials will still have to knock off top competition and look out for spoilers, who have hurt them in the past. Here’s a look at the team going into the tournament, as well as its potential path to a championship title.