The Cougars cut it the deficit to one to open the third quarter, but senior guard Tanijia Spencer picked up her fourth foul early in the frame and the Patriots ran the lead back out on the strength of a 13-3 spurt.
"Capital is by far the most athletic team I've scouted or seen to this point," LaMaster said. "They gave us a lot of trouble because although we're bigger inside, they're quicker across the floor. If you try to make that diagonal pass or make the first pass and go to the second one, they jump the lane and take it and it's a layup right now.
"You hope your guards can handle what pressure they put on you and take good care of the ball and value possessions and then play half-court basketball both offensively and defensively because we can't play at that tempo for 32 minutes. I think when we did settle in and play, that's when we played our best basketball tonight and got the ball inside."
While GW seems poised to make another legitimate run toward the state tournament after a 3-0 start, the wild card in the Kanawha Valley may be the Cougars as Capital has displayed raw talent and potential. Those are two things Calabrese hopes he can harness as the season progresses.
"It's really tough for me to tell," Calabrese said when asked how much his squad had improved since last season. "I think we're greatly improved over last year.
"Everyone tells me we're greatly improved over last year. But we're just going to have to find out in the long run where we're at. We'll find out over the next two weeks with some teams we should be successful with. Time will tell."
Spencer led the Cougars with 12 points, and Key Key Dudley chipped in 11.
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