Jan. 4, 2004
Game at a Glance
Date: Monday, January 5, 2004
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Arena (Capacity): University of Dayton Arena (13,266)
Place: Dayton, OH
George Washington (Streak): 7-4, 1-0 (Won 1)
Road Record: 2-1
Last Game: Won 65-49 at Xavier, 1/3/03
Xavier (Streak): 2-10, 0-1 (Lost 5)
Home Record: 1-5
Last Game: Lost 66-51 vs. Richmond, 1/3/03
Series: GW leads 15-0
Last Meeting: GW won 89-52 in Washington, DC, 2/20/03
Coming Up: GW travels back to Washington, DC to take on Saint Joseph's on Saturday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m.
The George Washington Colonials will try and continue their unbeaten streak against the University of Dayton when the two schools meet this evening. Dayton is one of two teams in the Atlantic 10 who have never defeated GW, the other being Fordham.
The Colonials took both games during the 2002-03 season by an average score of 32 points, which means Dayton could be looking for revenge under new head coach Jim Jabir. The last time GW traveled to Dayton, Ugo Oha had 20 points and 6 rebounds while Cathy Joens put up 17.
GW is coming off a 65-49 victory against Xavier to start their tour of Ohio. Ugo Oha played her second-straight strong game in the middle with 24 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Liz Dancause had her best game of the season with five points, three rebounds and five assists.
Meanwhile, Dayton lost to Richmond on Saturday by a score of 66-51. Stefanie Miller was the high scorer for the Flyers with 13 followed by Katie Butler, who had 12.
So far this season, Dayton has had trouble putting points on the board, scoring only 56.8 points per game. This doesn't bode well for the Flyers considering GW's improving defense is only allowing 60.2 points per game. Dayton will have to find a way to put more points on the board if they expect to tally their first victory versus the Colonials.
Cathy Joens, G, 17.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.2 apg
Marsheik Witherspoon, G, 3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg
Ugo Oha, C, 13.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.4 blocks
Anna Montaņana, F, 12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.5 apg
Liz Dancause, F, 3.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg
Leslie Burns, F, 2.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.5 apg
Jennifer Strong, F, 7.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.8 apg
Angela Cape, C, 5.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.8 apg
Emily Williams, G, 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg
Stefanie Miller, G, 11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.6 apg
The George Washington Colonials have faced the Dayton Flyers 15 times in the history of the two programs and won all 15. The closest Dayton has ever come to beating GW was a three point decision on February 2, 2001 at the University of Dayton Arena. The Colonials will try to make it 16 for 16 as they welcome new Dayton head coach Jim Jabir into the series.
If You Can't Score, You Can't Win
Most games are simple, score more than your opponent and you will be successful. Part of that is keeping your opponent from scoring, which GWhas done a solid job of so far this season. In seven of the last nine games, the Colonials have held the team in the other jersey to 55 points or lower, including two teams scoring only 45 and 43. In their last outing, Xavier could only muster 9 points over the first 17 minutes of the game. Maybe even more important has been GW's ability to hold teams to a low field-goal percentage. Out of their 11 games, GW has held six teams under 35% shooting, which included two teams shooting under 30%.
Shut 'Em Down
The Colonials have done a fantastic job of shutting down the oppositions leading scorer so far this season. Against Tennessee, GW's defense held the Lady Vols leading scorer, Shyra Ely, who had been averaging 16 points per game, to just one point. Versus the Bobcats of Quinnipiac, GW held leading scorer Ashlee Kelly seven points below her average. The same thing happened to Vanessa Hayden of Florida. The Colonials then held Xavier leading scorer, Tara Boothe, to 3-14 from the field. If GW can keep this up, they are going to be tough to beat in the Atlantic 10.
Movin' On Up
It isn't often that you can find two players on a single team creeping up the all-time scoring list, but GW is experiencing just that. Seniors Cathy Joens and Ugo Oha each moved up one slot after taking the court against Xavier. Joens moved into ninth-place all-time with 1,408 points, passing Karin Vadelund (1987-90), while Oha passed GW assistant coach Lisa Cermignano (1994-97) to move into 12th place with 1,297 points.