Monday, November 17
“Team effort” is an easy term to throw around.
More than three players scored in double digits? Team effort. Bench players logging more minutes? Team effort. No clear player of the game? Must have been a team effort.
But what do you call it when every healthy player logs considerable minutes? When twelve players have assists, 11 have rebounds and 10 have at least five points.
Just call it a slaughter.
Every GW women’s basketball player contributed in the Colonials’ 77-36 drubbing of Coppin State at the Smith Center Monday. GW’s domination came from all over the court and from every age, with freshman guard Kay-Kay Allums scoring a game-high 12 points and experienced forwards Ivy Abiona and Jazmine Adair leading GW on the boards with seven rebounds each.
“I came into tonight’s game thinking I was going to be able to shorten the rotation,” head coach Mike Bozeman said. “But the girls got on such a roll, I saw some opportunities to get some other girls into the game.”
A relatively unknown Coppin State squad came into the Smith Center holding the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title from a year ago and packing some big bodies in the paint. With new faces dotting the Colonials roster and the team’s identity not yet solidified, Monday’s game was a match-up that could have been close.
Right from the tip, though, it was clear that the Colonials were the superior team on the court. The Eagles hit only 20 percent of their shooting attempts and consistently had their shots swatted or the ball taken from them.
GW had no problem with Coppin State’s size in the paint, and the Colonials’ post players had plenty of success scoring off of crisp interior passes. GW’s perimeter players shot 8-of-14 from beyond the arc to cap off of an evening in which Bozeman seemed especially impressed with the Colonials’ play.
“I wanted us to work on our execution and I thought they did a great job on that, a lot better than obviously the first game or the exhibition game,” he said. “Every timeout we’re looking for improvement, and I’d have to say we saw that tonight.”
Every Colonial seemed to want to take the “player of the game” title from the girl sitting next to her. Senior Antelia Parrish had a trio of three-pointers in the early going. Freshman Kayla Miller hit a number of shots from at least 20 feet out late in the second half. But it was Allums who dazzled throughout the game, converting on drives and hitting a trey while still grabbing three boards and dishing out three assists.
After the game, a visibly happy Allums sat before reporters in the first press conference of her short GW career. While there were hints that she wasn’t too comfortable in front of the microphone, it was clear she felt at home on the court.
“It’s cool, I like it,” the young Minnesota native said. “It’s faster than high school but it’s easier than practice.”
With youngsters Tiana Myers and Tara Booker impressing in GW’s victory over UMBC last Saturday and Allums and Miller shining against Coppin State, it’s clear that the Colonials’ freshmen class can contribute right away. Their abilities against stiffer competition may yet to be seen, but Parrish said that the simple fact that their talents lurk on the GW bench is one of the major advantages that this year’s team has over seasons past.
“I think that’s the biggest difference from last year,” she said. “Anybody can star. Anybody can play.”