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12/04/2023 12:06 pm  #1

GW Versus Towson University Game Thread

Next up:                            Towson University Tigers
Conference:                     Coastal Athletic Association (CAA)
Time:                                 December 6, 2023; 11 AM (ET)
Venue:                               SECU Arena - Towson, MD
2022-23 Record:              21-11 (13-5 in CAA – 2nd Place)
2024 Projection:              1st
Current Record:              4-1
Common Opponents:    UMES, American, George Mason, Hampton
Last Time Out:                76-63 loss to GW in 2018-19 (at GW)
Broadcast:                      FloHoops 

Opponent Summary: The Revolutionaries travel to Towson, MD for a mid-week early afternoon tilt with the Towson University Tigers. The Tigers, who were projected to finish 1st in the CAA, come into this contest with a 4-1 OOC record before tonight’s contest against Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Among their wins this year is a home victory over a Quinnipiac squad that defeated projected A-10 champion URI last week. Their lone loss was a road defeat at Columbia. Towson is led by CAA-POY candidate Kylie Kornegay-Lucas, who comes into the game averaging 16 ppg, 8 rpg, and 4.2 apg. She is supported by the trio of Patricia Anumgba, Quinzia Fulmore, and Alexia Nelson, who all come into this game also averaging double digits in scoring. As a team, Towson is scores 70.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field and 31% from distance.
About the Game: The Revs have not played Towson since the 2018-2019 season, when they won a 76-63 contest at the Smith Center. This game presents a big challenge, as the Tigers feature balanced scoring and have not lost on their home court this year. After a disappointing showing in Puerto Rico, GW bounced back to defeat Cheyney University. Although the Wolves offered up only DII-level competition, the game afforded some down time for several injured players and provided others much needed game experience minutes. GW needs a healthy squad to be competitive, but regardless of who plays, the Revs have to demonstrate that they can sustain a consistent offensive/defensive balance for all 4 quarters. Discounting the Cheyney game, GW has managed to score only 55.8 ppg on 36.6% accuracy, and just 25% from 3-point range. On the positive side, the defense has been solid, holding opponents to 55.9 ppg.
With almost a week since last game, the Revs have had a chance to rest and fine tune their offense. Hopefully the coaches have risen to the challenge, but win or lose, this game could provide an opportunity for certain players to step up and earn more playing time down the road.


12/04/2023 6:24 pm  #2

Re: GW Versus Towson University Game Thread

Reminder that Towson's head coach is a former GWU women's basketball assistant coach - Laura Harper - under Jen Rizzotti.  Her dad was a former GW men's basketball player - Havriland Harper.


12/04/2023 10:56 pm  #3

Re: GW Versus Towson University Game Thread

Towson went to OT and took down a solid Liberty team in Lynchburg 73-70. I wonder if the extra few minutes on the legs have any impact, especially considering it's such a short turnaround


12/05/2023 8:11 am  #4

Re: GW Versus Towson University Game Thread

Update: Last night Towson beat Liberty in overtime 73-70 to improve to 5-1 on the season. Kornegay-Lucas was held to 8 points on just 3-16 shooting, but Anumgba came up big with 21 points. Fulmore chipped in 12 points and Nelson added 10.

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12/06/2023 1:08 pm  #5

Re: GW Versus Towson University Game Thread

Final Result: GW’s comeback falls short, and the Revs lose to Towson 68-60.

Towson looked good coming out of the gate, hitting on some 3’s and taking an early 13-7 lead, forcing an early GW timeout. The fast pace was causing the Revs to rush things and they missed some early makeable shots. Only Robertson was scoring for GW until Webster finally broke a 9-0 scoring string from Nya, while Towson was getting balanced scoring. GW was lucky to only be trailing 18-13 at the end of the period. The 2nd quarter started with Robertson on the bench and the lack a of a scoring threat let the Tigers increase the lead. After Robertson reentered the game, the offense picked up, only to get sloppy at the end. GW’s anemic offense allowed Towson’s margin to mushroom to 40-23, as GW failed to score in the last 4:30 of the quarter. GW’s offense finally started to roll to start the 3rd period, but Towson answered back to maintain their lead. After a timeout, the Revs’ defense stiffened and GW cut into the lead to trail by only 6 points at the end of the quarter, 53-47. Both teams kicked up the intensity to start the 4th quarter and after some back and forth, GW managed to cut the lead to 4 points, only to miss on several key offensive opportunities and allow Towson to secure a 68-60 win. Robertson had a stellar game with 30 points on 12-23 shooting. Lok followed with 15 points.

Credit GW for fighting back after a miserable 1st half performance, but until they can put together 4 good quarters in a game, it’s an uphill climb for the rest of the season. It’s obvious why the Tigers are picked to win the CAA. They are very talented offensively, with multiple players who can score in multiple ways. With Brown still out, our bench is really short, and several of our rotations didn’t work out, especially on defense. Today Robertson played mostly under control and took on a leadership role on the court—that was good to see. Hopefully. more performances like today are coming.

Last edited by xAC (12/07/2023 8:06 am)

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12/06/2023 1:54 pm  #6

Re: GW Versus Towson University Game Thread

First time catching the team after a few games. A much better second half on both sides of the ball after a rough first. In the first half the floor spacing was a bit cramped offensively and on top of that the team wasn't rotating as well on defense resulting in a number of open looks for Towson. The defense really tightened up after halftime (apart from the occasional possessions where GW gave Towson a lane to either finish at the basket or get through the FT line). Ball movement was better as well.

The three plays that are run too often that are ineffective:

1) Dribble handoffs until one player takes it to the basket. Too predictable and the opposition knows what's coming. Sometimes there's an opening (nice) but otherwise it's a hoisted shot over a number of set defenders. It results in too much isolation and not enough passing after the initial action.

2) Mayowa getting the ball along the perimeter. This has mentioned a few times earlier in the year as a result of Maren controlling the paint. Because Taiwo is not a threat to shoot, every team knows what's happening next. She will drive the ball and attempt a hook shot against multiple defenders. Here it would be nice to have some secondary action with a player cutting to the basket. Taiwo is an underrated passer, but those skills aren't being used. The team in general tends to stand in one place.

3) Team post ups. Various players take turns posting up their defender and many times taking shots from tough angles. This again de-emphasizes ball movement. There again could be some secondary action off this play to get players moving off the ball. So far, there hasn't been too much of that.

On top of that, the Nya corner three off an inbounds play is too predictable. There are times where I think we can use Robertson as a decoy and find a player underneath for a score.

Some of the plays could be better, but again the bottom line from what I've seen this season is that the talent is just not at the level it needs to be to have success. Robertson has been great, but inefficient due to a shortage of scoring around her. Good to see Lok back, although I can't imagine the cast around her wrist has been easy to deal with. We give Maren occasional post touches, but that's like 2.5 players who are threats at any given point. GW needs to get to the point where every player is a threat to score in some fashion (and also have more guards on the team). That was the difference between the two teams more than anything.

One final point about internal development. It feels like there hasn't been any player to really break out in their second year under McCombs. It's still early, but I'm looking to see who can take that next step that's been on the team for a year already. Injuries haven't helped of course, but I think someone needs to emerge there at some point. Hopefully Essence is able to make it back soon.


12/06/2023 8:18 pm  #7


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