Women stumble against Xavier

The GW women’s basketball team’s most recent match-up against Atlantic 10 leaders Xavier had all the elements of a fairy tale.

It was a dark and stormy night, the meeting of old rivals was a familiar, storied tale and there was a magic number, 14, the number of three-point shots the Musketeers sank behind the arc.

But unlike most fairy tales, this Wednesday night game did not end happily ever after for GW. Instead, it culminated in a twenty-point loss, as the Colonials lost 82-62.

For GW, a team that has bested Xavier in six of the last nine games they faced off on, the loss was unfortunate, but not unexpected. But the point gap, as high as 24 toward the end of the second quarter, was altogether surprising. In the past ten years, neither team has been able to win more than two games in a row, and games tend to be decided by fewer than ten points.

But even as the Colonials fell permanently behind midway through the first half, freshman Tiana Myers managed to score a career-high 14 points. Senior Jessica Adair followed with 11 points, but even her presence, limited by fouls the last time GW faced Xavier, wasn’t enough to even the score. Sophomore Erica Rivera also scored double digits, tacking on another 11 points for head coach Mike Bozeman, who was unavailable for comment after the game.

GW got an unexpected 21-minute break when a storm outside the Cintas Center knocked out the power. When electricity came back on, the Colonials continued to trail the Musketeers for the remaining 19 minutes.

Xavier outperformed the Colonials in most aspects of the game, recording nearly twice as many rebounds and three-pointers.

The loss was GW’s second in a row after a season-high six-game winning streak. The team will face Saint Louis Saturday to conclude its five-day, two-game road trip.

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