November 18, 2007

Rutgers Spoils GWU's Shot at Historic Win

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The stage had been set and the stakes had been laid out. A win for No. 14 George Washington against No. 6 Rutgers would arguably be the biggest regular season win in program history. Well over 3,000 fans, including several hundred boisterous students, came out to the Charles E. Smith Center to see if it would happen. It would not.

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Fans Starting to Depart

WASHINGTON -- With 4:41 to go and a 29 point Rutgers lead, fans are slowly starting to head for the exits.

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Score One for the Kids from G-Dub

WASHINGTON -- I've got to give them credit. With their team essentially out of it, the GW student section has stayed just as loud they were when this was actually a game.

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Born to Run

WASHINGTON -- That 11-0 run I mentioned? It's up to 20-0 after an Epiphany Prince basket in the paint. She missed a chance for a three-point play, but I think her team will be OK without it. With the Scarlet Knights in possession of a 34 point lead and just 11:49 remaining, I think we can declare this one all but over.

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This Knight Might Be Done With

WASHINGTON -- Just 19 seconds into the second half, it looked as though the Colonials had improved their woeful outside shooting. After a Sarah-Jo Lawrence three, maybe they had a chance at a comeback after all. Just 20 seconds later, when Matee Ajavon connected on her fourth long ball of the game, Rutgers answered with a resounding "not so fast."

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Mixed Reviews for the Student Section

WASHINGTON -- As go the Colonials, so go there fans.

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Down 17, Only an Outside Shot at Victory for GW

WASHINGTON -- Any way you slice it, a win tonight for George Washington would be an historic one. It would extend its home win streak to 16. It would run GW's record to 4-0. And it would be the first time the Colonials have defeated a team ranked this high (sixth). Now you can add to that list that it would involve a 17 point second-half comeback.

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Adair Struggling

WASHINGTON -- Just four days after scoring a career-high 29 points against Kentucky, the Colonials' Jessica Adair is struggling to find her rhythm.

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RU Pulling Away Early

WASHINGTON -- In the early going, its all Rutgers at the Smith Center.

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Four Points, the Old Fashioned Way

WASHINGTON -- Less than three minutes into the game, with the Colonials leading 5-2, Rutgers senior guard Matee Ajavon fired up a three from the right side of the court. As she released the shot she was bumped by GW's Whitney Allen. The shot dropped, Ajavon went to the line, and converted the four point play.

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Beck Honored

WASHINGTON -- Before starting lineups were announced, GW Head Coach Joe McKeown presented guard Kim Beck with a basketball commemorating her 1000th career point, which she scored in the season opener against UMBC on Nov. 9.

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Students 'There To Witness History'

WASHINGTON -- A columnist in George Washington's student newspaper The Hatchet wrote in Thursday's issue: "For the last decade, the women's team has been doing its part, so now it is time to do yours. ... Sunday night has the potential [to] be the greatest game ever played at GW -- it would be too bad if you missed it."
With roughly 10 minutes until the opening tip, several hundred students seem to have answered the call.

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Colonials, Knights Set to Battle in the District

WASHINGTON -- The biggest win in George Washington women's basketball regular season history came on Dec. 4, 1999 on their home court at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials, en route to a 26-6 season and a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament, defeated the No. 7 team in the country, 63-58.
Their victim that evening? The Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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