Women's Basketball Begins Homestand vs. Rhode Island on Wednesday
Colonials welcome Rams and area school children for annual Field Trip Day
TIPPING OFF:The George Washington women's basketball team begins a three-game homestand on Wednesday morning when it welcomes Rhode Island to the Charles E. Smith Center for the annual Field Trip Day game. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.
FIELD TRIP FRENZY: A highlight of the home schedule over the past few seasons, Field Trip Day is expected to draw over 1,000 area school children from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland for a special late morning tipoff. The Colonials have performed well at the annual game, winning three Field Trip Day games in a row entering Wednesday's matinee.
LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials battled Dayton in a nationally-televised game on Sunday at UD Arena, but a run that spanned the end of the third quarter into the fourth lifted the Flyers to a 66-55 win.
Three players finished in double figures, led by junior Brianna Cummings' 14 points, but the hot-shooting Flyers connected on 7-of-13 shots from beyond the arc to win the first installment of the home-and-home series. The rematch is slated for Feb. 11 at the Smith Center on ESPNU.
STANDINGS CHECK: GW sits at 3-3 in the Atlantic 10 entering Wednesday's game, sandwiched between a trio of 4-2 teams (Saint Louis, Saint Joseph's and George Mason) and 2-3 Davidson.
HELPING HAND: Junior Mei-Lyn Bautista turned in yet another fine performance facilitating the offense at Dayton on Sunday. She finished with seven assists against two turnovers to elevate her conference-leading assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.88, a number that ranks 15th overall in the nation. She has recorded at least five dimes in six games this season.
PRANGE PRODUCTION: Senior Kelli Prange continues to exhibit signs of returning to full strength after missing six games due to a concussion. She played in her third straight game at Dayton on Sunday and logged 21 minutes, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.
CONSISTENT BRI: Cummings has hit at least six field goals and recorded at least three steals in three consecutive games and has been GW's leading scorer in each of the last four games.
She is enjoying the best season of her career as a senior, leading the team in scoring (14.4) and steals (2.2) and ranking second in rebounding (6.1), all single-season career-high marks.
SERIES HISTORY: The Colonials have won seven in a row against Rhode Island, including last season's 72-44 rout in Kingston, R.I., to elevate their all-time record in the series to 41-6.
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