Coach Joe McKeown and his squad avoided the cold and headed south to Freeport, Bahamas, to participate in the Junkanoo Jam Classic. The Colonials chalked up one victory in the tournament, over No. 19 Purdue, but lost to No. 18 Texas.
No. 18 Texas 59, GW 54
The GW women’s basketball team was close but could not overtake No. 18 Texas in the finals of the Junkanoo Jam tournament. The Longhorns topped GW (1-2) 59-54 on Nov. 26. Sophomore Kim Beck had 13 points while sophomore Whitney Allen had nine points. The Colonials only connected on 4-of-14 from beyond the arc and 8-of-17 from the line.
GW 49, No. 19 Purdue 47
Senior Jessica Simmonds nailed a free throw with only 9.4 seconds remaining to give GW the two-point victory on Nov. 25. Sarah-Jo Lawrence and Jazmine Adair had 12 points each for GW while Simmonds and Chantelle John added 10 points apiece. Those four players combined for 44 of the teams’ 49 points. Aya Traore led Purdue with 15 points and seven rebounds. The Boilermakers shot 30 percent from the floor in the contest.
No. 19/22 GW 80, Norfolk State 69
Senior Mike Hall scored 18 points and junior Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock had 19 to help lead GW over Norfolk State on Nov. 26. Freshman Montrell McDonald had 12 points in 20 minutes. Sophomore Maureece Rice added 10 in a game where Norfolk State was down eight points with three minutes left. Senior Pops Mensah-Bonsu sat out the games against Norfolk State and Kennesaw State because he was serving a three-game suspension for violating NCAA rules.
No. 19/22 GW 87, Kennesaw State 42
A little more than a week after the No. 19/22 Colonials (AP/USA Today) survived a scare from Division II team Augusta State, GW shot 55 percent from the floor to obliterate Kennesaw State, 87-42, in front of 2,217 fans at the Smith Center Nov. 23.
Senior Mike Hall registered a double-double with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Carl Elliott scored 14 points and dished out five assists. Classmate Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock had 10 points, all in the second half. Pinnock also had a game-high six steals.
Sophomore Maureece Rice registered a career-high 13 points and tied his career-high steals tally with four. Freshman Montrell McDonald had nine points in his first collegiate game while classmate Rob Diggs had four. McDonald struggled from the line, connecting on 1-of-6. Freshman Noel Wilmore got in the game but did not score.