GW Women's Hoops Looks to Stay Hot on Wednesday Against Saint Louis
Colonials Host Billikens at 7 p.m. at Smith Center
Jan. 7, 2014
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (11-4, 2-0 A-10)
WASHIGNTON - The George Washington women's basketball goes for its eighth straight win on Wednesday night when it hosts Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW (11-4, 2-0 A-10) will play at home for the eighth time in its last nine contests. The Colonials have won nine of 10 games played at the Smith Center this season, including its last six dating to Dec. 9. GW is averaging 80.0 points per game at home this season and allowing just 60.8.
The Colonials are coming off a 74-67 road win over defending A-10 champion Saint Joseph's on Sunday, its seventh straight victory. At 11-4, GW is off to its best start since 2007-08, which was also the last time it started 2-0 in conference play. In addition, it is the Colonials' first seven-game win streak since taking nine straight from Dec. 1, 2007-Jan. 16, 2008.
On her 20th birthday, sophomore Jonquel Jones posted her third double-double in five games with a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds and added three assists and three blocks on Sunday against the Hawks. Freshman Caira Washington notched her third straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and grad student Danni Jackson tallied 12 points and nine assists.
Washington was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week on Monday for the second time this season. She posted double-doubles in all three GW wins last week, and averaged 14.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per contest, while shooting 63.3 percent from the floor. She has impressed in her rookie campaign, as she ranks third in the A-10 in rebounding (9.1 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.520) and second in blocked shots (1.4 bpg).
The Colonials boast the top three-point defense in the league and seventh-best in the nation, holding opponents to just 25.1 percent from beyond the arc. GW held Saint Joseph's Erin Shields, one of the top three-point shooters in the conference, to just 1-for-8 from long distance on Sunday.
GW averages 76.1 points per game on the season, the third-best scoring offense in the A-10, behind six players who are averaging 8.0 points per contest or better, including four in double figures. The Colonials are outscoring opponents by 20.3 points per game during their current seven-game win streak. Jackson has tallied 15.3 points and 6.4 assists in that span, and Jones (12.6 ppg/10.6 rpg) and Washington (12.0 ppg/10.9 rpg) are both averaging double-doubles.
With eight assists against Saint Joseph's, Jackson moved into GW's all-time top five with 432 in her career. She is the seventh Colonial ever with 400 assists and just the third with 1,000 points and 400 helpers. Ranking fourth in the A-10 with 5.1 assists per game, she also ranks 21st all-time at GW with 1,150 points, 30 shy of joining the top 20.
GW is 7-1 all-time against Saint Louis, which joined the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06. Jackson is averaging 14.3 points and 3.7 assists in three career contests against the Billikens, whose lone win in the series occurred in 2010 at the Smith Center. The Colonials have won the last three meetings between the two teams, including last season's 68-55 victory on Senior Day. Megan Nipe led four Colonials in double figures with 20 points, while Jackson added 17 in that game.
Saint Louis (5-9, 0-1 A-10) has not played since a 74-52 loss at Fordham on Thursday, its third in a row. The Billikens had their game against Dayton, which was scheduled for Sunday, postponed due to inclement weather. Desirae Ball led Saint Louis with 17 points against Fordham, while Erin Nelson added 15 and Denisha Womack posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Nelson paces the Billikens with 14.5 points per game in her rookie season, followed by Ball with 13.1 points per contest. Sadie Stipanovich, also a freshman, is SLU's top rebounder with 7.5 per game to go with 8.3 points per contest. In addition, Jamesia Price ranks among league leaders in assists (3.8 apg) and steals per game (1.8 spg).
Under the direction of second-year head coach Lisa Stone, the Billikens were picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. Saint Louis finished 11th in the A-10 standings in 2012-13 and upset Butler in the first round of the A-10 Championship but lost four of five starters from that squad.
After a week off, GW visits defending A-10 regular-season champion Dayton on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.