GW Women's Hoops Opens Home Stretch on Sunday Against Rhode Island
Colonials Back at Smith Center for Four of Next Five Games
Jan. 25, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (7-11, 1-3 A-10)
WASHINGTON - After playing six of its last seven games on the road, the George Washington women's basketball team returns to the Smith Center on Sunday to host Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island at 2 p.m.
The game is just the second at home for the Colonials since Dec. 22, but they now begin a stretch of four home games in five contests over the next two weeks.
GW (7-11, 1-3 A-10) is coming off an 80-52 loss at No. 17/16 Dayton on Thursday. The Colonials trailed by just three at the final media timeout of the first half, but the Flyers scored the final 15 points of the period to pull away. Graduate student Tara Booker scored 10 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-2 from long distance, and added nine rebounds. Senior Shi-Heria Shipp also scored a team-best 10 points.
Senior Megan Nipe (10.1 ppg) paces a balanced Colonials' offense in which four players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game. Booker is the Colonials' top rebounder with 6.2 rpg, while senior Danni Jackson is averaging 5.1 assists, ranking fourth in the A-10.
Rhode Island (5-14, 0-4 A-10) has lost eight straight following Wednesday's 48-28 loss at St. Bonaventure. No Rams' player scored more than six points, as URI shot just 27 percent in the game.
Tayra Melendez leads URI with 9.9 points per game, while Samantha Tabakman is averaging 9.1 points and a team-best 7.9 rebounds per contest. Megan Staumann is the Rams' top three-point threat, averaging 1.0 triples per outing and shooting 36.7 percent from long distance.
As a team, URI ranks last in the A-10 in offense, averaging just 50.1 points per game, and has been outscored by 8.2 points per contest.
Rhode Island was picked to finish 16th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll after winning just one game in 2011-12 and going 0-14 against A-10 foes. The Rams welcomed a talented group of six freshmen this season, including Melendez and Tabakman.
GW has dominated the all-time series against Rhode Island, with 36 wins in 42 meetings since 1984. Jackson has averaged 14.5 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting in two career contests against the Rams, while Booker is averaging 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in four games against URI.
Last season, GW cruised past Rhode Island, 63-42, at the Ryan Center. Jackson scored 16 points and Tiana Myers added 15 to lead the Colonials. GW shot 45.8 percent in the game wile limiting URI to just 29.4 percent from the floor. Ashley Rivera led the Rams with 17 points on 5-of-8 from long distance.
The Colonials will welcome approximately 1,500 area students to the Smith Center on Field Trip Day for Wednesday's 11 a.m. tipoff against Duquesne.