GW Women's Hoops Set to Host Charlotte on Saturday Afternoon
Jan. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - The GW women's basketball team hosts Atlantic 10 rival Charlotte on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center, looking to bounce back from Wednesday's loss at Richmond. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Despite the 74-57 setback to the Spiders, the Colonials (8-8) have won three of their last five games and are 1-1 in A-10 play for the second time under fourth-year head coach Mike Bozeman. GW defeated Fordham, 54-43, last Saturday in its A-10 opener, Bozeman's first league-opening victory. The Colonials posted a 7-7 record against non-conference opponents, their best out-of-league performance since the 2008-09 season.
Senior Tara Booker was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in last week's wins over American and Fordham. She ranks second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg), but she is averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg while shooting a blistering 61.9 percent in her last four outings.
GW's defense continues to rank among the top in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials rank second in field goal percentage defense (.366) and steals (10.8 per game). GW also ranks in the top five for scoring defense (3rd, 57.3 ppg) and turnover margin (3rd, +3.19 per game).
Charlotte (10-6, 2-0 A-10) comes to the Smith Center following a 61-52 victory over Saint Louis on Wednesday, its fourth straight win. Center Jennifer Hailey leads the Atlantic 10 with 9.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game, and she ranks eighth in the league with a team-best 13.6 points per contest.
The 49ers rank third in the A-10 in scoring, averaging nearly 70 points per game, but rank near the bottom of the league in scoring defense, allowing 63.1 points per outing. Charlotte shoots 42.1 percent from the floor, the second-best mark in the conference, and leads the league in 3-point percentage defense (.344), rebounding (44.9 rpg), rebounding margin (+8.9 rpg) and blocked shots (5.8 bpg).
The all-time series between GW and Charlotte is tied, 3-3, but the 49ers have won the last three meetings.