GW Women's Basketball Begins Year Two of Coach Tsipis Era With First Practice
Colonials Begin Preparations for 2013-14 Season
Oct. 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team tipped off the 2013-14 campaign with its first official practice of the season on Tuesday at the Charles E. Smith Center.
"It was good. I thought we had a great intensity level," said second-year Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. "We want to be able to play at game speed in every drill that we do and be as competitive as possible and I think we were able to do that. I like the way that our underclassmen really rose up and really challenged the upperclassmen. Overall, I'm really pleased with the first day."
GW returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad, which posted its most overall (14) and conference (7) victories since 2009 and won a game at the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2008, defeating Richmond, 59-53, in the first round. The Colonials add five newcomers in 2013-14, including three freshmen and two transfers who will be eligible at the end of the first semester.
"We showed a lot of effort, worked really hard and got through a lot of things that we need to work on for upcoming practices," said graduate student Danni Jackson, who returns for her fifth season in the Buff and Blue after leading the Colonials in scoring with 10.1 points per game a year ago.
Following an exhibition game with Young Harris College on Sunday, Nov. 3, GW will host Jackson State on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the season opener at the Smith Center.