Hard works pay off
After GW’s 55-53 loss to Massachusetts Jan. 22, the Colonials recommitted themselves in the gym last week knowing that their opponents saw them as vulnerable. The increased effort was evident in the 31 turnovers that GW forced Sunday while allowing Fordham the lowest point total of any Atlantic 10 opponent since 1992, a performance head coach Joe McKeown called “one of our best defensive efforts.”
“Everyone now thinks they can beat us now so the whole theme of this week was to send a message to everybody that (that game) was not us at all,” sophomore point guard Kim Beck. “To come out strong and get this win was very important to our season.”
Team healthier, minutes scarcer
Because the team was riddled with injuries in the beginning of the season, McKeown had to worry about finding enough healthy, fresh players to play. Now with the team mostly recovered from their various ailments, the opposite problem has presented itself. Finding the time for everyone to work off their rust has proven difficult.
In Friday’s game, nine players played double-digit minutes, partly because the outcome was never in doubt.
“It’s a big problem for us because they’re all working really hard in practice,” McKeown said. “Trying to get them game-time minutes has been a big challenge.”
Freshman center Jazmine Adair started the game for GW, but twin sister Jessica, who has battled a lingering ankle injury, got a large portion of the playing time down low.
In her 19 minutes, Jessica showed off her full repertoire, scoring 10 and grabbing nine rebounds while exhibiting a solid midrange jumper. Jessica Adair said she is still not completely healthy, but is slowly improving. McKeown said the sisters “are just scratching the surface” and “have a chance to be great.”