GW Women's Hoops Visits #17/16 Dayton for Thursday Matinee
Colonials Face Road Test Against One of Nation's Top Offenses
Jan. 23, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (7-10, 1-2 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team makes a trip to Ohio on Thursday to take on one of the nation's top offenses when it visits No. 17/16 Dayton for an 11 a.m. tipoff at UD Arena.
GW (7-10, 1-2 A-10) snapped a five-game skid on Sunday at VCU, picking up its first Atlantic 10 win of the season, 79-68. Five Colonials scored in double figures, led by sophomore Chakecia Miller, who matched her career-high with 20 points for the second straight game. Graduate student Sara Mostafa posted her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Tara Booker added 19 points and eight boards. GW shot a season-high 52.7 percent from the floor and 95.2 percent from the foul line, and the 79 points were the Colonials' second-highest output of the season.
Senior Megan Nipe (10.2 ppg) paces a balanced Colonials' offense in which four players are averaging better than 9.0 points per game. Booker is the Colonials' top rebounder with 6.0 rpg, while senior Danni Jackson is averaging 5.2 assists, ranking fourth in the A-10.
The Colonials' offense has caught fire since Atlantic 10 play began, averaging 68.0 points per game, the third-best mark in the league. Miller ranks sixth in the conference with 16.3 points per game in three A-10 contests, and she is leading the league with 4.3 steals per game while ranking second with a .591 field goal percentage.
Dayton (15-1, 3-0 A-10) is ranked 17th nationally in the most recent Associated Press poll and 16th in the coaches poll. The Flyers have won three straight since a loss at Bowling Green in their non-conference finale. Dayton is coming off a 74-48 win at Rhode Island on Sunday. Senior Sam MacKay led the Flyers with 16 points, five assists and five steals. Dayton sank nine three-pointers and shot 48.3 percent from the field.
Four Flyers are averaging at least 10.0 points per game, led by Ally Mallott's 12.1 ppg. She is also the team's top rebounder with 7.3 rpg and ranks second in the A-10 in three-point percentage (.408). Amber Deane is the two-time reigning A-10 Rookie of the week. She is averaging team bests of 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in three league contests. She also leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.548) for the season.
As a team, Dayton leads the A-10 in 10 categories. The Flyers are the nation's sixth-best offense, averaging 80.1 points per game on the season, and they have outscored opponents by 22.6 points per game, which ranks ninth. In addition, Dayton's .456 field goal percentage and +10.8 rebound margin rank in the top 15 in the NCAA, while its .354 three-point percentage, 7.4 three-pointers per game and 46.4 rpg average also lead the A-10.
The defending Atlantic 10 champion, Dayton was the preseason favorite to repeat in 2013. The flyers graduated four starters but return 2012 A-10 Rookie of the Year Andrea Hoover and All-Rookie selection Mallott.
GW is 24-4 all-time against Dayton, including 12-1 on the road, but the Flyers have won the last four meetings overall. Last season, Dayton defeated GW, 74-56, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Booker led four Colonials in double figures with 13 points and nine rebounds. Hoover paced the Flyers with 22 points, while Justine Raterman posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
The Colonials, who will play on the road for the sixth time in the last seven games on Thursday, return to the Smith Center on Sunday to host Rhode Island before Duquesne comes to D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for Field Trip Day. The contests represent GW's first back-to-back home games since a three-game homestand Dec. 12-22.