GW Women's Hoops Back on the Road on Sunday to Take on A-10 Newcomer VCU
Jan. 18, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (6-10, 0-2 A-10)
WASHINGTON - After a quick stop at home for Thursday's game against Saint Joseph's, the George Washington women's basketball team is back on the road this weekend for the fifth time in the last six games, as the Colonials visit Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The matchup, which pits a charter member of the A-10 against one of its two newest, will be the first between the Colonials and Rams since 2004, a 69-47 GW victory. The Colonials are 3-0 all-time against VCU, with two of their wins coming in Richmond.
GW (6-10, 0-2 A-10) will look to snap a five-game losing streak in Sunday's contest after an 80-67 loss to Saint Joseph's on Thursday. Sophomore Chakecia Miller matched her career-high with 20 points and added five steals for the second straight game, while senior Megan Nipe recorded a season-high 17 points and eight rebounds.
Nipe (10.6 ppg) paces a balanced Colonials' offense in which four players are averaging more than 8.5 points per game. Graduate student Tara Booker is the Colonials' top rebounder with 5.9 rebounds per contest, while senior Danni Jackson is averaging 5.3 assists, ranking fourth in the A-10.
Miller has averaged team bests of 14.5 points, 5.0 steals and 4.5 assists in two Atlantic 10 Conference games. Nipe (13.0 ppg) and Booker (11.5 ppg) are also scoring in double figures against league foes.
VCU (8-9, 1-1 A-10) picked up its first-ever A-10 win on Wednesday, defeating Temple, 53-51. Robyn Parks led the Rams with 14 points, while Adaeze Alaeze posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Parks is the second-leading scorer in the A-10, averaging 17.5 points to go with a team-best 7.8 rebounds per contest. Freshman Jessica Pellechio is the top three-point threat in the league, draining 3.5 triples per outing. As a team, VCU is averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game, second-most in the A-10. In addition, the Rams' 10.6 steals per game ranks third in the conference.
VCU was picked to finish 13th in the A-10 preseason poll following a 19-15 final season in the Colonial Athletic Association and a trip to the third round of the WNIT. The Rams lost four starters from that team, including top scorers Courtney Hurt and Andrea Barbour, who combined for more than 39 points per game last season.
The Rams are under the direction of first-year head coach Marlene Stollings, the 2012 Big South Coach of the Year at Winthrop. Stollings replaces Beth Cunningham, who replaced first-year GW head coach Jonathan Tsipis as associate head coach at her alma mater, Notre Dame, following 11 seasons at VCU.
The Colonials visit No. 18/17 Dayton on Thursday before returning to the Charles E. Smith Center to take on Rhode Island (Jan. 27) and Duquesne (Jan. 30), their first back-to-back home games since a three-game homestand Dec. 12-22.