This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.
With a 59-49 victory at Rhode Island Thursday night, women’s basketball secured its 13th consecutive victory.
Sophomore forward Caira Washington led all players with 17 points and added nine rebounds, while junior forward Jonquel Jones posted her ninth double-double, and fourth in a row, with 10 points and 18 rebounds as well as a game-high five blocks. Senior guard Chakecia Miller also recorded a game leading six assists en route to the ten point GW win.
“I know when you go on the road it’s a war and not the prettiest picture,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “But I’m really proud of the way our kids responded.”
The Colonials (15-2, 4-0) used a familiar game plan to defeat the Rams on the road. GW dominated down low, outrebounding their opponent 52-46 while also outscoring the Rams 34-14 in the paint.
The Colonials came into the contest ranked first in the country with a +15.2 rebounding margin, however, URI finished with 17 second chance points to GW’s 16.
“It was a defensive game today but I believe on the offensive side my teammates worked really hard to try to cut to the basket and I was able to find them,” Miller said.
From the field, the Colonials shot 41.4 percent on the night, going 48.3 percent in the second half. On the other side of the court, they were able to hold the Rams, who have the worst scoring offense in the Atlantic 1o, to only a 23.2 percent field goal percentage on the night.
Since the start of conference play, Tsipis said GW’s offensive game plan has been helped by developing self awareness.
“We understand who we are,” Tsipis said. “We like to work from the inside out and our guards put themselves in positions knowing that Jonquel and Caira and even Kelli [Prange] are going to see a lot of bodies around themselves.”
GW also got significant help from its bench, as eight different players would put points on the board for the road team. The Colonials would score 18 points off the bench to URI’s 9.
Despite only pulling away during the second half, the Colonials consistently maintained a lead they secured just three minutes into the game, leading by as much as 18 with 12 minutes remaining.
The opening half was a defensive struggle, with the Colonials shooting 35 percent from the field and URI only 20 percent. GW had the biggest lead of the half, leading by eight with just under six minutes remaining, but would head into the locker room up 25-19.
Washington led all players at the half with 8 points and added 4 rebounds, while Jones led the game with 10 first half boards and put up four first half points. The Colonials also outrebounded the Rams 30-24 and had a 16-8 advantage in the paint in the first frame.
The Colonials return to action Sunday when they travel to Amherst to take on Massachusetts.