GW Women's Hoops Visits Richmond on Wednesday Night
Colonials & Spiders Begin Annual Home-and-Home Series
Jan. 10, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - The George Washington women's basketball plays its first road A-10 game of the season with a visit to Richmond in the first game of its annual home-and-home series with the Spiders at Robins Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Following Saturday's 54-43 victory over Fordham, GW (8-7, 1-0 A-10) is 1-0 in A-10 play for the first time under fourth-year head coach Mike Bozeman. The win over Fordham comes on the heels of a victory over American, which clinched GW's best non-conference performance (7-7) since the 2008-09 season.
Senior Tara Booker and junior Danni Jackson became the first Colonials' duo to post 20+ points apiece, combining for 43 of GW's 54 points, since Yolanda Lavender (27) and Jessica Adair (20) against Florida Gulf Coast in the 2009 WNIT Tournament.
Booker was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in last week's victories. She has scored at least 18 points in each of the last three games and ranks second on the team with an average of 11.7 points per outing.
Jackson was named GWsports.com's Colonial of the Week after setting a new career-high (23 points) against Fordham and averaging 17.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in last week's games. Jackson's 23-point performance eclipsed her previous career-high of 22, set on Dec. 28 at William & Mary.
GW's defense continues to rank among the top of the Atlantic 10. The Colonials rank second in field-goal percentage defense (.359) and second in steals (11.0 per game). GW also ranks in the top five for three-point field goal percentage defense and turnover margin.
GW leads the all-time series against Richmond, 17-8, but has lost six straight games. Richmond (12-3, 0-1 A-10) enters Wednesday's game following a 56-55 buzzer-beater loss to visiting Temple on Saturday. Prior to the loss, the Spiders had won six games in a row and eight of their last nine.
Three players average double-figures for Richmond, led by senior guard Abby Oliver, who ranks first in the Atlantic 10 at 16.6 points per game. Oliver also averages 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Also leading the offense is sophomore forward Genevieve Okoro, who averages 12.1 points and 8.0 rebounds, and redshirt junior guard Rachael Bilney who posts 12.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.
Richmond ranks third in the A-10 in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 9.9 points per game. The Spiders also rank first in field goal percentage, hitting 43% of their attempts, and third in field-goal percentage defense (.366).
GW and Richmond have played two common opponents in Old Dominion and William & Mary. Both teams are 2-0 in those contests.