Women's Basketball Bows Out of WNIT
Cranshaw, Schaible and Washington conclude careers as fourth-winningest class in program history with 98 wins
WASHINGTON - In the first meeting between nearby foes George Washington and Navy since 1987, the Colonials and Mids met in first round WNIT action at the Charles E. Smith Center on Friday night. The teams took turns controlling the game as both sides held double-digit leads in the overtime contest. After each side owned two quarters - with GW taking the second and third while Navy held serve in the first and fourth - it took an extra session to decide it. Ultimately Navy prevailed, 61-51.
For the GW senior class of Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible and Caira Washington their careers as GW student-athletes close as the fourth-winningest class in the history of the program with 98 wins over four seasons, including four straight postseason appearances. The Atlantic 10 regular season champions conclude 2016-17 with a 20-10 mark in Jen Rizzotti's first season at the helm at GW.
The Colonials were unable to find the range in defeat, but used a dominating rebound effort to make up for it. GW amassed 28 offensive rebounds and parlayed that into a commanding 30-2 edge in second chance points. With a chance to win the game in regulation on the final possession, a shot from Washington was blocked away as the closing buzzer sounded. Washington double-doubled with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while junior Brianna Cummings chipped in 10.
Navy was led by Sarita Condie's 17 points and a 16-point, 10-rebound effort from Taylor Dunham. The Mids earned an automatic bid into the WNIT out of the Patriot League after finishing with a 23-9 overall record and a 14-3 mark in the conference before falling to Bucknell in overtime in the Patriot League Championship Game. The squad now advances to play the winner of Rider at Virginia Tech.
Washington concludes her decorated career as only the second player in program history with 1,000 points (1,526) and 1,000 rebounds (1,063), sitting ninth overall in history in points and second in rebounding.
Schaible is the 32nd member of GW's 1,000-point club and concludes her career with 1,137 points, 722 rebounds (14th all-time) and 245 steals (8th all-time).
Cranshaw rounds out her four-year stint with 134 three-pointers, 518 points and 179 assists.
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