Women's Hoops Tips Off A-10 Play With Dayton Saturday
GW (3-9, 0-0 A-10) vs. arv/arv Dayton (12-3, 0-0 A-10)
Jan. 8, 2010
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team opens Atlantic 10 Conference play and closes a four-game homestand at Charles E. Smith Center Saturday against Dayton. The Colonials have claimed all 24 meetings with the Flyers since the teams first met in 1996. GW fell to 20-6 all-time in A-10 openers after having a 10-game league opener win streak end at the buzzer at Richmond, 66-65, last season.
GW (3-9, 0-0 A-10) snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 45-43 victory over Rutgers Dec. 30, but responded with a 65-57 loss to Rice last Saturday in its first game of the new decade. The Colonials held a halftime lead, 35-32, for the first time in 10 games, but the Owls broke a 53-53 deadlock at the 4:51 mark with 11 unanswered points en route to their third straight victory in the four-game series. Sophomore Kay-Kay Allums set career-highs with 18 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Sara Mostafa recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards.
GW made a season-high eight three pointers on a season-high 26 attempts against Rice. The Colonials also enjoyed their largest rebound margin of the season at +8 (41-33) despite losing to the Owls.
Allums has led GW in scoring in each of the last two games, averaging 15.5 points on 60 percent (12-20) shooting from the floor and 54.5 percent (6-11) from three-point range. Allums has climbed to third in the A-10 rankings in three-point percentage at 44.4 percent (12-27). Redshirt freshman Brooke Wilson has jumped to seventh in the A-10 in both rebounding (7.2 rpg) and steals (1.9 spg) after averaging 9.8 boards and 3.0 thefts over the last four games.
GW has dominated the series with Dayton, which joined the Atlantic 10 for the 1995-96 season, caputuring all 24 meetings, including 11 victories at Smith Center, by an average of 17.3 points. The Colonials converted a season-high 11 three pointers in defeating the Flyers, 64-52, in Ohio last January. GW led by 14, 34-20, at the break and by as much as 19 early in the second half while limiting UD to 29.6 percent shooting, marking the most recent time GW held an opponent below 30 percent.
Dayton (12-3, 0-0 A-10) is receiving votes in both the Associate Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls and enjoyed a two-week run in the Top 25 earlier this season, peaking at No. 20 in both polls the week of Dec. 6. Early season victories over then No. 10 Michigan State and No. 23 Purdue helped propel UD into the national spotlight.
The Flyers wrapped their non-conference schedule with an 84-54 victory over Navy at UD Arena Tuesday night. De'Sarae Chambers scored a season-high 16 points to pace UD, which shot a season-best 51.5 percent from the field, including 8-of-16 from three-point range, and outscored Navy 44-24 in the paint and 50-23 off the bench.
Justine Raterman, last year's A-10 Rookie of the Year, leads the Flyers in scoring at 12.3 points per game on 53.5 percent shooting. Kendel Ross also adds double-figures at 10.5 points per game, followed by sisters Kristin and Kari Daugherty at 9.5 and 6.7 points per game, respectively. Ross and Casey Nance, daughter of three-time NBA All Star and Slam Dunk champion Larry Nance, pace UD in rebounding at 6.5 per game.