The Colonial women could not overcome sloppy offense or their high turnover percentage in a 74-63 exhibition loss to Moscow’s Dynamo, a talented Russian team whose members have Olympic experience. Rusty shooting hindered GW’s chances at cutting a deficit that ran as high as 15 points in the second half.
The Colonials went 0-for-13 from behind the arc and shot 38 percent (23-of-61) from the field. Two guards head coach Joe McKeown is counting on to produce this year, the 5-foot-9 guard from Brea, Ca. Lindsey Davidson and the 5-foot-11 guard from Irvine, Ca. Cathy Joens, did not impress.
Joens, who made just one basket in the first half, went 3-for-13 from the field and 0-for-4 from three-point range. Eight of her 14 points were scored at the free-throw line. This is Joens’s first game back after she red-shirted last year because of an ACL injury. Joens played 27 minutes and did not seem hindered by her knee.
Davidson failed to take the ball to the hoop and finished the day with only three points. She was 0-for-2 from the field and missed on her only three-point attempt in the first half. Davidson’s shooting did not improve much in the second half. She went 1-for-4, missing two three-pointers.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, and in our own gym that’s something we have to address since that was our Achilles heel last year,” McKeown said. “But CJ and Lindsey are good shooters, so I’m not as concerned as other people might be.”
Junior Erica Lawrence finished sophomore Ugo Oha provided some consistency for the Colonials. Lawrence was perfecn five shots from the field in the first half and ended the day with 18 points on 8-for-9 from the field.
GW’s 29 turnovers on the day prevented Lawrence and sophomore Ugo Oha from getting the ball as much as McKeown would have liked.
“The fact that Erica got nine shots, I’m concerned about that, because she made eight of them, so she needs to take 17 shots, because she’ll make a lot of them,” McKeown said.
Oha was consistent at the low post, posting 12 points on the day. McKeown said she played a very poised game, taking charges and blocking two shots.
GW’s shooting improved in the second half, but the women still played catch-up to a well-organized Dynamo team. The Colonials came within three points with less than two minutes remaining, their closest margin of the day at 66-63.
Although some coaches pay attention the outcome of exhibition games, McKeown said uses them as an opportunity to look at all his players.
“In an exhibition game you play a lot of people,” McKeown said. “We played 13 people, so you don’t have that five on the floor that you play together all the time,” he said.
The exhibition game gave the five freshmen their first taste of collegiate
ball, and all of them saw playing time. Anna Montanana, the 6-foot-1 freshman from Valencia, Spain, saw the most time (18 minutes) and scored three points on free throws. She also grabbed four rebounds and two assists.
Greeba Outen Barlow, the 5-foot-9 freshman guard from Columbia, Md., also picked up three rebounds in her eight minutes. Liz Dancause, a 6-foot freshman guard from Nashua, N.H., and Kelly Wright, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard from Highlands Ranch, Co., also saw some playing time.
The Smith Center has been kind to the Colonials who over the past two seasons have lost just one regular season game. Twenty seven turnovers plagued GW in its 70-48 loss to North CarolinaState University Dec. 28, 2000.