Tonight's games was all about a smothering GW defense, from start to finish. I have no idea whether, or how much, Joe landed on the women for their listless and tired affort at UMass, but whatever he may have said certainly showed, and early.
Fordham failed to score in the first 6:28 of the game, by which time the Colonials led, 9-0, as GW was patient against the Rams' zone. The first seven points were by Kenan Cole. After Fordham scored the net five, GW went on a 17-2 tear to take a 26-7 lead, biggest of the first half, and led by 31-15 at halftime. The Colonials forced (by my unofficial count) 16 turnovers in the half, three of them by forcing Fordham to run out the time clock without a shot.
If the Rams had any dream of closing the margin, it evaporated after they scored the first basket of the second half. GW went on a 20-5 run to lead, 51-22, and held their biggest lead of 35 points at 63-28.
Four GW players were in double figures: Cole with 13, Kim Beck with 11, and Jessica Adair and Sarah-Jo Lawrence each with 10. Jessica Simmonds added eight points.
Weird at this may sound, there were two similarities between tonight's women and the GW men: total, in-your-face defense and balanced scoring throughout the game. Even given tonight's weak opponent, when the women play with this intensity there's nobody else in the A-10 who can stay with them.