The team went on to knock off all 16 conference foes in the regular season to earn itself a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Rowers said the transition to a new head was “seamless” because Gerhke kept the training consistent with Davis.
She ranked 14th in the conference in overall rebounds and bumped to No. 7 in offensive rebounds per game, ripping 69 boards on the year.
A hot streak from Richmond in the final frame combined with a low-scoring spurt from GW sealed the Colonials’ fate.
Head coach Jennifer Rizzotti said the team has focused on finding ways to incrementally improve rather than chasing wins with every game.
The scoring difference came at the charity stripe. The Colonials netted 3-of-4 all in the first half, while Dayton sunk 7-of-16.
Golfers said the break between competitions allowed them to focus on the technical aspects of their game – tweaking swings, shots and putting strategies.
The Explorers worked the lead to 14 points until the Colonials built up an 11-point run of their own in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
The duo joined GW as transfers, sitting on the bench during the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules.
In the first three quarters, the Colonials shot 43.2 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three-point range. But GW fell cold in the fourth frame and gave up its lead.