Women's Hoops Defeated by #15/14 Maryland
Bresee (11 points) and Latimer (10 points) both post career-highs
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Playing its second ranked opponent in its last three games, and in the midst of one of the toughest stretches of competition in recent memory, the George Washington women's basketball team was beaten by No. 15/14 Maryland on Friday night in an 80-54 loss at the XFINITY Center.
The combined record of GW's last four opponents, which includes two nationally-ranked teams, is 32-5. The tough slate undoubtedly will play a role in strengthening the Colonials for what is bound to be a tough Atlantic 10 slate that begins on December 31 at Fordham. In the immediate future however is the final two non-conference games - home against American (Dec. 17) and at Monmouth (Dec. 22).
"I think this was a great opportunity for us to come and play Maryland, a short distance away from campus, and play one of the best teams in the country," said head coach Jennifer Rizzotti. "It is one of the reasons we put this on the schedule, because Maryland can test us in ways that other teams can't. Although it took us awhile to get going I'm happy with the fight that our kids showed."
GW had three players post double-figure scoring efforts on Friday night. The team was once again led by senior Brianna Cummings, who has shined in three games since leading scorer Kelli Prange was sidelined (concussion). Cummings finished with 14 points and five rebounds while going a perfect 6-for-6 in free-throw attempts.
Freshman and Bel Air native Chyna Latimer shined in her first career start, reaching double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting over 25 minutes of action. She added five rebounds and a steal in the breakout performance.
Urbana native Kendall Bresee also performed well in front of her hometown crowd by posting a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 3FG). She added one rebound, two assists and two steals.
Maryland sprinted out to a 22-10 lead after the first 10 minutes of action thanks to a quartet of three-pointers. The Terps extended the lead to 41-21 at the break and maintained the advantage throughout the second half.
The Colonials were outscored 21-15 in the third period before playing even with the Terps in the fourth quarter to the tune of an 18-18 score.
The Terps had five players in double figures while shooting 43 percent (29-of-67) for the game, including six three-pointers. Blair Watson led all players with 19 points, including five of the six triples. Kaila Charles was the next leading scorer with 14 points and nine rebounds.
"I thought that we made a few improvements today in certain areas of the game," said Rizzotti. "Right now, with the inexperience and being shorthanded without our leading scorer, I feel like this was a good opportunity to play 40 minutes against a great team and try to get better."
GW will be idle for the next nine days for final exams before hosting American on December 17. The Colonials will have revenge on the mind after falling in overtime on the road in last season's meeting.
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