Historical Mascots Never Lie

By Jeff Lippman - November 12, 2007

When No. 14 George Washington travels the short distance to Charlottesville to meet the ACC's Virginia, the young NCAA season could see its second big upset in as many Knights -- err, nights. You'll see where I got confused.

Sunday night saw No. 3 Rutgers - the Scarlet Knights - get beat at home by No. 7 Stanford, not exactly a major upset, but as the national runners-up playing in Piscataway, it is definitely a surprise.

And now on Monday, the Cavaliers - a fancy word for Knight - will do what the other Knights couldn't, namely win their first true test of the season.

Virginia has been called an excellent sleeper pick by CSTV.com women's basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli, and what better way for the Wahoos to prove they'll make noise this season than by beating a Top 15 opponent on their home floor, in front of their home crowd?

George Washington brings three excellent players with the Adair sisters inside and Kim Beck at the point, but Virginia has talent at both positions as well.

The guards were touted before the season, with sophomore Monica Wright being named the ACC Freshman of the Year last season and Sharneè Zoll earning honorable mention All-American.

But two players you might not know about are the ones getting rebounds for Virginia, and both of them dominated in their season opening win against Longwood.

Junior 6-foot-3 center Aisha Mohammed and 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Enongè Stovall - UVa loves having players with the accented "e" symbol apparently - both had excellent first games. Stovall, a guard, scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out three assists and stole two balls, while Mohammed was a beast inside, going for 16 points, 10 boards and two blocks.

Virginia isn't getting a lot of attention right now, but they are an excellent team playing in a very good conference. If they don't surprise the nation tonight against No. 14 GW, they will do it later this season. But tonight is as good a chance as any to see another upset in this young, and very exciting season.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:24 PM on November 12, 2007
Comments (1)


The GW mascot is perplexed about watching a sport that did not exist when he was in office.

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