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Chelisa Painter

Sophomore forward Chelisa Painter cheers as the Colonials pull ahead of Old Dominion during a game in the Smith Center earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo.

Updated 1:01 p.m.

Chelisa Painter is departing the Colonials, leaving to join Old Dominion’s women’s basketball team in a move largely prompted by the firing of former GW head coach Mike Bozeman.

The New York Daily News reports that the 6-foot-1 forward, who was sidelined by a high ankle sprain for parts of last season, “decided to transfer after Bozeman’s contract was not renewed.” Last season, Painter averaged 4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game for the Colonials.

“Chelisa Painter will not be returning to the women’s basketball program next season,” newly hired women’s basketball coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “We thank Chelisa for her contributions to the program and wish Chelisa nothing but the best in her future both on the basketball court and off.”

The head coach of the Old Dominion women’s basketball team, Karen Barefoot, told the Daily News that she will look to Painter to provide a solid presence in the post for the Lady Monarchs. Painter will not be eligible to take the court with her new team until the 2014-15 season, but has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Going into this class, we were really looking for post players,” Barefoot told the Daily News. “She can handle the ball, but the post is her position. She has good moves on the low block and in the high post. Rebounding is her thing.”

Upon her arrival at GW, Painter was ranked the 12th best high school power forward in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Top 100 rankings for her recruiting class, and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior in high school after averaging 14.9 points and 12 rebounds that season.

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Junior forward Shi-Heria Shipp charges past her Musketeer opponent towards the basket. Zachary Krahmer | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Brennan Murray.

The return of fresh legs can have a resounding impact on a tired team.

After falling victim to undefeated conference rival St. Bonaventure Saturday, the Colonials (11-12) returned to the Smith Center Wednesday afternoon to face yet another A-10 foe in Xavier. But whereas only six players had dressed in the losing effort against the Bonnies, and in the two games prior, nine dressed for Wednesday’s game against the Musketeers.

The added depth was a welcome change for both the Colonials’ coaching staff and the rest of GW’s healthy players, pushing the team to a 55-44 win over Xavier.

“It was a total team win,” head coach Mike Bozeman said. “I knew this was an important game for us as we try to position ourselves to make a good run for the playoffs. Those returning guys are progressively getting to the point where they can give us more minutes.”

Returning to the Colonials’ bench after sustaining an ankle contusion and a sprained ankle respectively, were junior forward Shi-Heria Shipp and sophomore forward Chelisa Painter, who both saw minutes early on in the first half. Though readjusting to the system presented its difficulties, both players were able to contribute, garnering a combined six rebounds on the day. Freshman guard, Bria Bourgeois, though also dressed to play, did not see any minutes.

“In all honesty, and to credit them, they are still hobbled. But they wanted to come out and see if they could give a couple of minutes breather to the other guys,” Bozeman said. “They knew they weren’t a 100 percent but they wanted to come in and give the available six a break.”

As the first half got underway, the Colonials wasted no time setting the game’s tempo. They forced two quick Xavier turnovers and sunk their first two shots, one a long-range three-pointer from junior guard Danni Jackson, who ended the day with a game-high 22 points and a career-high five treys. Smothering defense on the other end allowed the Colonials to dominate possession from the start, and after only three and a half minutes of play, GW was up 8-2.

Though the Colonials remained strong defensively, they slumped on the offensive towards the end of the first. Despite playing fluid basketball, and finding many open looks,  missed shots gave the Muskateers a 20-19 lead with under a minute to play on the first. It was a lead backed up by Xavier’s defense, holding GW to a mere 27.3 field goal percentage in the first half.

It looked as if GW would enter the half down a point to their A-10 rival. But then, Jackson sank a long, arching three that sank through the net at the buzzer – and the Colonials had a two-point lead going into the break.

“I actually make buzzer beaters a lot in practice,” Jackson said. “I just shot it, followed it, and it went in the basket.”

Senior guard Tiana Myers finds an opening and shoots a jumper. Zachary Krahmer | Hatchet Photographer

The momentum from Jackson’s basket carried through the half, and, the Colonials exploded out of the break on a 7-0 run. GW shot an improved 35.7 percent from the field on the second, and backed up their offensive front with an impressive defensive display. The Colonials forced 17 Xavier turnovers on the day while holding the Musketeers field goal conversions at just 25.8 percent, the third time this season that the Colonials have held their opponents to a below 30 percent shooting effort.

Going up by as many as 13 points in the latter part of the second half, the Colonials found themselves in a comfortable spot as the game neared its final minutes. Freshman forward Chakecia Miller added 15 points, and redshirt junior forward Brooke Wilson helped GW maintain its footing with a record-setting rebounding performance, compiling a career-high 18 rebounds, which tied the A-10 single-game record so far this season.

“Honestly, I’ve always liked to jump. I haven’t really been consistently rebounding over the last few games, but to get a big rebounding game like that builds by confidence heading into the upcoming games,” Wilson said. “When I’m not rebounding, I’m not helping out my teammates.”

Bozeman, happy to see his team progressing and players returning little by little, already has his sights set on postseason play. The Colonials are back in action Saturday, hosting Richmond at 2 p.m., and Bozeman is confident his renewed roster will only further its play.

“I like we’re we are. I think we’re rounding into pretty good form heading down the home stretch, and I’m excited to see what we can do when we get to the playoffs,” said Bozeman.


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Junior forward Megan Nipe readies for a shot against UDC earlier this season. | File Photo

Just over seven minutes into a back-and-forth first half against District-rival American, senior forward Tara Booker knocked down back-to-back jumpers, giving the Colonials their first lead of the game.

Six minutes later, junior forward Megan Nipe followed suit, sinking back-to-back baskets of her own to extend a 21-10 advantage for GW. Booker and Nipe’s efforts helped to build a lead the team would not relinquish for the rest of the afternoon, and the Colonials (7-7) wrapped up non-conference play with a 60-49 victory over the Eagles. The win ended a streak of three consecutive losses in the series against American.

The women’s basketball team got off to a lackluster start Monday afternoon, turning the ball over four times in three and a half minutes as American jumped out to an early lead. After tightening up their ball handling, the Colonials used an 11-2 scoring run to take a commanding lead over the Eagles, who shot just 25 percent from the field in the first half.

When American hit a three-pointer to post their first points in three minutes, Nipe answered back on the next possession with a trey of her own. Using nine points off of 11 turnovers, the Colonials bested the Eagles by 11 points in the first half with a 37 percent shooting performance from the floor. Providing a spark off the bench, it was Nipe’s hot shooting en route to 10 first half points that guided the Colonials to a comfortable lead as they headed into the locker room.

American found momentum as the second half began, draining 10 of their first 14 attempts from the field while the Colonials’ lead dwindled.  While AU cut the deficit to 7 points in the first couple of minutes, Booker once again knocked down consecutive baskets to keep the Colonials in command. As the Eagles continued to push the pace offensively, junior guard Danni Jackson reasserted a nine-point lead for the Colonials with a bucket from behind the arc to stop a 7-2 scoring run.

American continued to score possession after possession, cutting the Colonials’ lead to just four points with over 12 minutes to play, prompting a timeout from head coach Mike Bozeman. Each side continued to trade baskets and American kept within four points with just under eight minutes left, but Booker once again used the three-ball to take the life out of the Eagles.

After the blistering scoring pace set by the Eagles in the first part of the half, American finished the rest of the second half just 5 of 16 from the field. GW took command for the remainder of the game, pushing their lead to as much as 17 points with the help of a 10-0 scoring run.

Booker and Nipe each finished with game-high 18 point performances, while Booker dominated the glass for eight rebounds and Nipe went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Jackson posted 11 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Chelisa Painter scored eight points and grabbed seven boards. While GW shot 42.6 percent from the field on the day, they went 14 of 19 from the free throw line, while American made just one of two.

The Colonials, who have played three games in six days, gear up for the start of A-10 play when they host Fordham Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Smith Center.

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Junior guard Danni Jackson fends off Greyhound defenders earlier this season. | File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Daniel Wright.

Coming off of a loss to George Mason in which the Colonials shot just 28.1 percent from the field, the women’s basketball team needed a drastic improvement offensively in order to win their first game since routing Houston Baptist 80-44 on Dec. 3.

GW (6-6) snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday evening, defeating William and Mary 74-66 on a night where the Colonials shot a respectable 43.8 percent from the floor. The Colonials, who have shot below 40 percent from the field in each of their six losses, posted their best offensive performance in three games.

The Tribe, who defeated common opponent Virginia Tech by 19 points this season while the Colonials lost by 7 to the Hokies, were stifled by GW’s defensive effort, turning the ball over 20 times compared to just 14 by the Colonials.

Using a 10-2 run over the first three minutes of the half, GW got out to a fast start in Williamsburg, Va., grabbing an early lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. The Colonials were paced by junior guard Danni Jackson, who dropped in 12 of her 22 points in the first half.  GW went 16-for-34 from the floor in the first, while shooting just 30 percent from the perimeter.

Despite the fast start over the first minutes of play, GW allowed the Tribe back into the game after senior guard Tiana Myers drained a three-pointer with just over 10 minutes to play to put the Colonials up by 11.

After a William and Mary timeout, the Tribe made a rally of their own, going on a 13-3 scoring run to cut the deficit to a single point. GW held onto the lead and entered halftime with a 39-35 lead, scoring just 13 points over the final 10 minutes of the half.

The cold streak continued early into the second, when GW couldn’t manage a basket for the first four minutes and eight seconds until freshman guard Chakecia Miller drained a three to extend the lead to 5. Miller finished with 10 points and a game-high six steals, while Meyers and sophomore forward Chelisa Painter added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Redshirt junior Brooke Wilson facilitated the offense with 7 assists and 12 rebounds.

The Colonials clamped down defensively in the second half, holding the Tribe to just 31.3 percent shooting from the floor. Leading by 11 with just over five and a half minutes to play in the second half, the Tribe narrowed the gap to five points over the ensuing minutes, but never managed to get within one possession of the lead. GW owned a 16-8 advantage in both second chance points and fast break points en route to the victory.

The Colonials next play host to No. 11 Rutgers (ESPN/ USA Today) Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Center.

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Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 8:07 p.m.

GW falls short in loss to Virginia Tech

Danni Jackson, women's basketball

Junior guard Danni Jackson charges down the court during Saturday afternoon's game against Virginia Tech. Francis Rivera | Assistant Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Brennan Murray.

It was the little things that made a big difference in play for the Colonials Saturday afternoon.

Squaring off against Virginia Tech, GW shot 42.3 percent from the stripe, converting just 11 of 26 free throws and missing four crucial shots from the charity stripe in the last 15 seconds of play alone.

But the Colonials’ shooting woes were not constrained to the free throw line. After putting up a solid 50 percent shooting percentage in the first half, GW (1-2) shot a mere 26 percent in the second half, missing many would-be game-changing shots down the stretch, falling 55-48.

“We shot the ball horrendously in the second half,” head coach Mike Bozeman said. “But like I told the team in the locker room after the game, the last four free throws that we missed were no more valuable than the nine or ten we missed in the first half.”

The Colonials attempted to overcome their offensive struggles with a strong defensive effort. Following the tip, GW only allowed the Hokies to score only two points in the first six minutes. Maintaining a 2-3 zone throughout play, the Colonials forced 15 Virginia Tech turnovers.

After Morgan State added 33 points from beyond the arc in Wednesday’s home opener, GW refused to allow the Hokies the same success from deep. Virginia Tech missed all of their seven three-point attempts.

“I’m always talking to them about learning from every situation, not just games, but practices,” Bozeman said. “I think the girls did a great job of adjusting. They could have dropped their heads after that [Morgan State game], but they didn’t. They’re hanging in and I think they did a tremendous job defensively tonight.”

But GW couldn’t supplement its defensive effort with equal offensive play. During the first, the Colonials hit 11 of 22 shots from the field, led at the point by either senior guard Kristen Aldridge, returning to the lineup after having concussion-like symptoms, or junior guard Danni Jackson. Senior guard Tiana Myers was sidelined again with a hamstring injury, on the bench with a day-to-day recovery status.

Bozeman gave the Hokies numerous looks to deal with early on, switching back and forth between an offense with size and an offense with speed, substituting the 5-foot-3 Jackson for 6-foot-1 senior forward Tara Booker. Six Colonials recorded at least one bucket in the first half and sophomore forward Chelisa Painter added six points of her own in the first, on her way to a career-high 10. Though the Colonials hit only one out of ten from the line, they led Virginia Tech 23-19 heading into the half.

Sara Mostafa, basketball

Senior center Sara Mostafa takes a shot at the basket. Mostafa's offensive power was not enough to carry the Colonials to victory, falling to Virginia Tech 55-48. Francis Rivera | Assitant Photo Editor

At the start of the second half, GW’s offense seemed to be finding its groove. Jackson, Painter, and senior center Sara Mostafa, finishing with 14, 10, and eight points respectively, led GW on a seven-point run to open play. But from there, the Colonials struggled from the field.

“We just couldn’t throw the rock in the ocean off a boat,” Bozeman said.

The Hokies came back to tie the game at 35 with just over ten minutes to play. After back and forth play and multiple lead changes, Virginia Tech took the lead 43-42 with five minutes to go.

GW couldn’t get its shots to fall, failing to connect on nine field goals in the last six minutes of play. Missing crucial free throws over the final minutes of play, the Colonials were never able to regain the lead, and Virginia Tech finished with a 55-48 victory.

“We learn something from every game we play. This was a learning experience and we played hard throughout the whole game. We learned that we can’t just play hard. We have to also execute and make shots,” Jackson said.

Bozeman agrees that his team has the ability to grow from its two straight losses. Next heading to Auburn Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., he’s looking for the Colonials to refocus and present what Bozeman believes to be their full potential on the court.

“Mentally the team is where it needs to be in terms of competing nationally, especially from a good bounce back from the Morgan State game. The record is not where I want it to be but it’s not out of hand. We can work with this. I can work with this group,” Bozeman said.

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Friday, July 2, 2010 9:06 p.m.

Bozeman brings in top 50 recruiting class

For the second straight season, GW women’s basketball coach Mike Bozeman has brought in an ESPNU HoopGurlz top-50 recruiting class, the GW Athletic Department announced Friday.

The 2010-11 recruiting class is headlined by Chelisa Painter, a six-foot-one forward from Chesapeake, Va. who was ranked the 12th best high school power forward in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Top 100 rankings and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee last season.

Joining Painter as the only other true freshman in the incoming class will be Erica Chandler, a six-foot-four center from Charlotte, N.C. who Bozeman said would allow GW to, “compete with the best front courts in our conference.” Erica Chandler’s brother, Tyson Chandler, is a center for the New Orleans Hornets in the NBA.

Rounding out the three-person class for the Colonials is five-foot-seven guard Kristin Aldridge, a transfer who averaged close to 17 points and six rebounds last season for Neosho County Community College in Missouri last season. Aldridge, a native of Mansfield, Tx., began her college career at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2008-09, where she averaged 2.4 points and 1.5 assists per game as a freshman.

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