Colonials Gear Up for Second Season Under Coach Tsipis
Annual GW Commencement on National Mall Punctuates Collegiate Experience
Student-Athletes Honored for Academic, Athletic and Community Excellence
Danni Jackson Named Most Valuable Player
Colonials Finish 14-16 with Most Wins since 2009
First player in GW history with 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 100 blocks and 150 steals ... Ranks fifth all-time at GW in three-pointers (207), sixth in rebounds (814) and blocks (110) and tied for 19th in points (1,180).
GRADUATE YEAR (2012-13)
2013 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team ... 2012 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Third Team ... Became the 27th member of GW's 1,000-point club and 10th Colonial with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds with her 11th point against Howard ... Led the Colonials in rebounding and ranked 12th in the A-10 with 7.2 rpg ... Also led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with a .366 three-point percentage and was 13th in the league in three-pointers made per game (1.5) after draining a team-best 45 triples on the year ... Shot 38.9 percent from three-point range and averaged 8.2 rpg against A-10 opponents, ranking fifth and eighth in the league, respectively ... Scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from long distance, and added seven rebounds against William & Mary (Nov. 18) ... Scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-10 from three-point range against Georgetown, matching her career high for three-pointers in a game (Dec. 1) ... Had the game-winning four-point play with six seconds left against Howard (Dec. 15) ... Drained the game-tying three-pointer and was fouled, then sank the free throw to win ... Finished with 18 points and nine rebounds ... Posted her first double-double of the season and the 11th of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Butler (Feb. 10) ... Made 4-of-7 three-point attempts and added three assists and three steals ... Led the team in scoring eight times on the year with 13 double-figure scoring games and was the team's top rebounder 15 times with five double-figure rebounding efforts ... Received the Academic Success Award at the team's end-of-the-year awards banquet ... Recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for both semesters ... Named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
SENIOR YEAR (2011-12)
One of two Colonials to start all 29 games, averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 blocks in 32.5 minutes per contest ... Led the team in rebounding, blocks (33), field goal percentage (.429), three-point field goals made (47) and three-point percentage (.353) and ranked second in scoring and steals (57) ... Became the 19th member of GW's 500-rebound club on Jan. 11 at Richmond ... Ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 in steals, ninth in blocked shots, 10th in rebounding, 11th in three-point percentage, 12th in three-pointers made per game (1.6) and 17th in scoring ... Averaged 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game against A-10 opponents, ranking among league leaders in each category ... Scored in double figures 19 times on the year, including the final six games of the season, when she averaged 14.7 points and on 44.3 percent shooting ... Tallied two of her four double-doubles during that stretch at Massachusetts (20 points, 10 rebounds) and at Saint Joseph's (15 points, 12 rebounds) ... Posted a 17-point, 17-rebound effort in GW's overtime victory against Old Dominion (Nov. 30) ... Scored a season-high 20 points against Fordham and at UMass ... Named A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 9 after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and shooting 59.1 percent from the floor in wins over American and Fordham ... Led the team in scoring 12 times and in rebounding 13 times ... Selected as the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and named to the organization's Scholar-Athlete Team ... Recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for both semesters ... Accepted as a group leader at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which was hosted on campus in March ... Served as team co-captain.
JUNIOR YEAR (2010-11)
Started final 25 of 29 games played, averaging 9.3 points in 29.3 minutes after returning from prior season's knee injury ... Led GW and 11th in Atlantic 10 in rebounding (6.8 rpg), paced Colonials and T-7th in A-10 in 3-point field goals made (2.0/game) ... Led team with 58 three-pointers, climbed to eighth all-time at GW with 115 career threes ... Third on team in steals (27), blocks (23), fourth on team in assists (25) ... Named to Miami Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team after career-high 22-point, six 3-pointer, 13-rebound effort in overtime loss to Morgan State (12/29) ... 12 double-figure scoring games, six double-digit rebound efforts ... Recorded four double-doubles - Morgan State, Duquesne (10p, 12r; 1/26), at Saint Louis (21p, 11r; 2/5), Massachusetts (16p, 10r; 2/12) ... Added season-high three blocks against Duquesne and versus Dayton in A-10 Championship (3/4) ... Season-best four steals at American (12/18) and five assists at La Salle (1/29) ... Named to A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall and spring semesters.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2009-10)
Sat out final 20 games of season due to chronic knee pain stemming from offseason meniscus surgery ... Averaged 5.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 25 minutes in opening eight games of season ... Career-high five steals, eight points, eight rebounds in win vs. Coppin St. (11/19/09) ... One of five double-digit scorers with 10 points in win at North Texas (11/17/09).
FRESHMAN YEAR (2008-09)
Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection ... Started 16 of 29 games played ... Led all GW rookies in scoring (8.2 ppg), rebounding (5.5 rpg), steals (1.0 spg), blocks (0.6 bpg) and minutes (23.9 mpg) ... Converted 47-of-126 three-point field goals (.373), tied 19th all-time at GW for most three-pointers made in single season ... Scored in double-figures 12 times, including season-high 18 points with nine rebounds against Troy (12/16) ... Recorded two double-doubles - 13 points, 10 rebounds against Massachusetts (2/18); 12 points, 10 rebounds in Postseason WNIT First Round at Florida Gulf Coast (3/19) ... Grabbed season-high 12 boards against Duquesne (1/24) ... Connected on season-best 5-of-7 three pointers for 15 points in victory at Dayton (1/28).
Totaled 1,862 points and better than 1,000 rebounds in four scholastic seasons at Absegami High School ... Guided Absegami to back-to-back New Jersey Group IV state championships in 2005 and 2006 and four consecutive South Jersey Group IV titles from 2005-08 ... Led the Braves to a four-year composite record of 107-17 ... Named Most Valuable Player of 2006 state tournament ... Three-time Press of Atlantic City Player of the Year (2006-08) ... Four-time Cape-Atlantic League All-Conference selection (2005-08) ... Posted 20.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game as a senior ... Averaged 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds during junior season in which Absegami finished 24-5 overall ... Flagship Award recipient as Cape-Atlantic League's top senior athlete ... 2008 first team All-State by Associated Press ... South Jersey Player of the Year by Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post, Philadelphia Daily News, South Jersey Courant and Al Carino Organization ... High school teammate of GW classmate Sara Mostafa.
Tara Elise Booker ... Born October 11, 1989, in Galloway, NJ ... Daughter of Angela and Michael Booker ... Has one sister, Lauren, and one brother, Justin ... Graduated from GW after just three-and-a-half years with a bachelor's degree in sociology ... Currently enrolled in grad school at GW pursuing a master's degree in organizational sciences.
|Points||22||vs. Morgan State (12/29/10)|
|Minutes||44||vs. Duquesne (1/30/13)|
|Field Goals Made||8||2x, Last at VCU (1/20/13)|
|Field Goals Attempted||17||vs. Duquesne (1/26/11)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Made||6||2x, Last vs. Georgetown (12/1/12)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Attempted||11||2x, Last vs. Duquesne (1/26/11)|
|Free Throws Made||7||at Saint Louis (2/5/11)|
|Free Throws Attempted||10||at Saint Louis (2/5/11)|
|Rebounds||17||vs. Old Dominion (11/30/11)|
|Assists||5||at La Salle (1/29/11)|
|Blocks||5||vs. Saint Louis (1/25/12)|
|Steals||5||2x, Last vs. Duquesne (A-10) (3/2/12)|
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