Colonials Claw Their Way Back, 66-60
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After digging a hole as big as 18 points, it was unclear if GW could turn this game around.
If there was an advantage George Washington held over the Bonnies, it had to be the Colonial's power in the paint. However, they did not capitalize on their size until late in the game.
St. Bonaventure did a good job of denying the ball while GW tried to push the ball down low. The Bonnie defense stymied the Colonials and made difficult attempts tempting. When they did get the ball to Jessica Adair, the Bonnies quickly double teamed her and forced turnovers.
Keeping her team afloat, Colonial Yolonda Lavender hit some early jumpers, yet it still didn't feel like the Colonials had anything flowing on offense. Lavender finished with a back to back season high game of 19 points.
The first half for the Colonials were littered by turnovers and fouls. And in a moment of frustration, GW coach Mike Bozeman was assessed a technical while disputing another call.
Not helping matters, GW's spacing on offense clogged pathways into the paint.
George Washington looked forward to regrouping during halftime. However, their woes continued into the second half.
Towards the end of the game, GW Seniors Antelia Parrish and Jessica Parrish started to penetrate the Bonnie defense that had been effective all game.
With 11:11 left, Jessica Adair pulled down a strong rebound and, while being fouled, she had an equally strong putback. After a couple of lay-ups from Parrish and Adair, the two orchestrated a beautiful give and go play that had St. Bonaventure wondering which one would be taking the ball to the basket. This was the turning point for George Washington. Finally, Antelia Parrish took the lead 51-50 with an effortless mini-hook.
By breaking down the defense, the Colonial seniors created more opportunity for the other players. The Bonnies did not have an answer for GW's run and never recovered. This Colonial comeback netted a 66-60 win over St. Bonaventure.
Antelia Parrish led GW scoring with 20 points while Jessica Adair had 15 point and pulled down 12 rebounds. Most of their points and rebounds tallied in the second half. Bonnie Katelyn Murray finished with the game high 23 points. Most of her points were scored in the first half.
An unsung hero of the game was GW guard Stefani Munro who calmed down her offense and kept the ball in Colonial hands. Coach Mike Bozeman said about his player, "[She] played a phenomenal game. She gave us stability, she finished with six assists and only one turnover. That was crucial."
George Washington travels to Charlotte on February 25 and comes back home for their final home game on March 1 in a televised match-up against Temple.