Update, 4:25 p.m. — Final will be 53-42, Rutgers. Check www.gwhatchet.com for more in an hour.
Update, 4:24 p.m. — With 40 seconds left, Rutgers is up by 11. Looks like the ballgame.
Update, 4:20 pm. — With free throws from Essence Carson, the score is now 51-42 with 1:38 left.
Update, 4:17 p.m. — Rutgers ball, 49-42, 2 and a half minutes left. It’s now or never for GW.
Update, 4:12 — Jessica Adair goes to the line for the first time today and hits both. 44-40, with 4:30 remaining.
Update, 4:08 p.m. — Beck is back in. Lead is only four, 42-38. Seems like GW is getting fired up with all these tough calls.
Update, 4:01 p.m. — Kia Vaughn just sat on Kim Beck for about 5 seconds. Kim’s out of the game for a bit with trainer Chris Duncan.
Update, 3:58 p.m. — The lead is back to 10, 42-32. At least now GW knows they can make a run against Rutgers.
Update, 3:54 p.m — 5-0 Rutgers run and the Knights are back up 8 again. GW with a little more life though.
Update, 3:50 p.m. — An 8-0 for GW gets the Colonials within 3. HUGE momentum swing.
Update, 3:47 p.m. — Rutgers will go to the line still up 33-22. An official just called a blocking foul on GW a good second and a half after the Rutgers’ shot had hit the rim and fallen away. Again, McKeown was quite upset. He seems to be relatively cool now, though.
Update, 3:41 p.m. — 33-22 Rutgers three minutes in. GW has hit a few shots, but has been unable to stop Rutgers from making baskets. The Colonials could really use some momentum.
Update, 3:18 p.m. — 28-16 Rutgers at the half, as GW is unable to get a shot off on the last possession. GW will likely need a quick run to start the second half, or they might fall to far behind.
Hard to say what McKeown is saying in the locker room right now. Obviously, some gameplay adjustments must be made, but a mental turnaround is necessary too. And to quote Brent Musberger in ‘The Waterboy,’ this coud be the last game of the year–you can’t hold anything back.
Just saw GW went 0-for-6 from three in first half. That will surely have to change.
Update, 3:15 p.m. — 28-16 Rutgers. GW with a chance now to cut the lead to 10. McKeown is certainly going to have words for the Colonials at halftime.
Update, 3:08 p.m. — 26-12 Rutgers. While GW isn’t exactly helping themselves, they’re not getting any from the officials either. Jessica Adair was just called for a loose ball foul on a rebound that seemed pretty weak. Needless to say, coach McKeown was not at all pleased.
Update, 3:01 p.m. — It’s now 24-10, and while the Colonials are certainly not playing their best ball, it really seems like there is simply a talent discrepancy at times. Whether it’s Kia Vaughn’s rebounding and low post moves, or the speed with which Rutgers’ guards can move with the ball and quickly take a jumper, GW just can’t seem to match it. As good as Kim Beck and the rest of the Colonials are, Rutgers is doing some things that I just can’t see a GW player doing.
Update, 2:56 p.m. — GW down 17-8 now. The Colonials’ shooting has been quite off the mark the past few possessions, and had a rough defensive breakdown on Rutgers’ last basket. A big turnaround is need.
Update, 2:49 p.m. — Rutgers now leads 12-8. GW ran into a little trouble with back-to-back travels, but just drew a foul from Essence Carson. Jaz Adair is now in the game and guarding Kia Vaughn. She’ll need all the physicality she can muster to slow down Vaughn, who goes to the basket harder than any women’s player I’ve ever seen.
GW has a sizable crowd here to cheer them on. The fans, along with the band, will certainly need to be loud to keep the Colonials in the game momentum-wise.
Also, we’ve heard that head men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs is in the building. Word is that Hobbs will be on WRGW’s halftime show, which can be heard at gwradio.com
Update, 2:41 p.m. — Colonials up 6-2 after the first media timeout. Jessica Adair has four points and Antelia Parrish has two. So far the Colonials have looked fairly solid — defending and causing turnovers. Against Rutgers though, it’s gonna take 40 minutes of this kind of play to secure the victory.
Hello again from the Greensboro Coliseum, where the sixth-seeded GW women’s basketball team will be facing second-seeded Rutgers. I apologize for not getting something up on the blog sooner, but we were having some technical difficulties with the Internet in the arena.
The starting lineups are being announced right now. I was watching Rutgers warm up a few minutes ago and noticed how short its bench is. They’re missing two girls to injury but are a small roster to start. Only eight girls were in uniform shooting around.