Entering winter break, the Colonials were ranked No. 19/18 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, respectively. Since then, GW has climbed eight spots in the AP poll, and four spots in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The AP poll released on Jan. 15 for the previous week’s games had the Colonials at 11; the ESPN/USAToday poll is not released until Tuesday afternoon.
Bench sees time
In a 77-51 win over Fordham on Friday, head coach Joe McKeown took advantage of a weak opponent to find every player floor time. While the Colonials’ five starters average more than 30 minutes a game combined, the player with the most minutes averaged off the bench, sophomore Jazmine Adair, averages just 14.2 minutes per game.
Against the Rams, five players saw the floor for double-digit time. Sophomore Faith Peters spent the most time off the bench, seeing 18 minutes, but freshman Robin Murphy shined in her 14 minutes on the floor. She scored 8 points, grabbed four boards and had two steals.
McKeown back on sidelines
Coach Joe McKeown did not travel with his squad to California for the San Diego Surf ‘N Slam Dec. 28 after breaking his patella two weeks earlier while practicing with his squad. He underwent surgery on Dec. 18, but returned to the sidelines against Richmond Jan. 9 and traveled with his team to New York for the game against Fordham. McKeown jokingly said that his hardest challenge is staying still during games – he can usually be seen jumping up and down on the sidelines.
During McKeown’s leave, assistant coach Mike Bozeman acted as head coach. McKeown said that he had confidence in his assistants and his team in his absence. After the Colonials’ 66-54 upset of then-No. 11/10 Georgia, Bozeman said, “This is Coach McKeown’s Cadillac; I’m just borrowing the car.”