Women's Hoops Visits Rhode Island to Begin A-10 Road Slate
Jan. 11, 2010
KINGSTON, RI - The George Washington women's basketball team plays its first Atlantic 10 Conference road game of the season Tuesday evening at Rhode Island.
GW (3-10, 0-1 A-10) lost its A-10 opener for the second straight year and just the seventh time in 27 years with a 59-55 loss to Dayton at Smith Center Saturday. The Colonials trailed by 14, 44-30, with 11:27 left, but managed to close within a possession at 57-55 with 13 seconds left. Patrice Lalor's two free throws and Tiana Myers' missed three pointer gave the Flyers their first victory in the series in 25 all-time meetings. Myers paced GW in scoring for the sixth time this season with 12 points, while Sara Mostafa narrowly missed her second straight double-double and fourth of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Colonials will look to avenge an A-10 Championship first round loss to the Rams last March, their first loss against URI in 15 games over 12 seasons. The loss also marked GW's earliest exit from the league postseason since 1985. GW still enjoys a 34-5 edge in the all-time series and has won six straight in Kingston, including all three meetings at Ryan Center, which opened in 2002.
In GW's last visit to Ryan Center, Kimberly Beck scored 23 of her career-high 25 points in the second half as the #13 Colonials edged the Rams, 48-45. URI used a 16-0 run in the first half to lead at the break and led 39-33 with 6:41 left. Beck scored nine points as GW rallied with a 15-6 run.
Rhode Island (8-8, 1-0 A-10) opened A-10 play with a 58-57 victory at Massachusetts Saturday, snapping the Rams streak of three straight losses in league openers. Rhode Island is now 5-0 in games decided by five points or less and is 7-0 when leading at halftime.
Lindsay Harris narrowly missed her sixth straight double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds against the Minutewomen. She also recorded six assists, including the pass on Anisha Wilson's game-winning basket to give URI a 58-56 lead with 33 seconds remaining. Harris averages 10.2 points and league-leading 10.1 rebounds in nearly 37 minutes per game. Freshman Ashley Rivera, a three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week selection, leads the Rams in scoring at 12.5 points per game. She leads the A-10 with 45 three pointers and is third in three-point percentage at 45.0 percent.
Cathy Inglese is in her first season as head coach at Rhode Island and 23rd season overall following stints at Boston College (1993-2008) and Vermont (1986-93). Inglese earned her 400th career victory with a 65-60 win at Albany Jan. 2. Inglese is no stranger to GW, having faced the Colonials four times as coach of the Eagles and Catamounts. GW defeated BC in 2-of-3 meetings between 1995-2004 and advanced to the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament with a 70-69 victory over previously unbeaten Vermont.