GW Women's Hoops Hosts Duquesne on Wednesday Morning for Second Annual Field Trip Day
Colonials, Dukes to Tip Off at 11 a.m. in Front of 1,500 Area Students
Jan. 29, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (8-11, 2-3 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team will welcome Duquesne and approximately 1,500 students from local schools to the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday morning for its second annual Field Trip Day. Admission is free for all fans to this special 11 a.m. tipoff.
GW (8-11, 2-3 A-10) is coming off a 57-43 win over Rhode Island on Sunday. Sophomore Chakecia Miller finished just shy of the third triple-double in program history with nine points, eight rebounds and 10 steals. Graduate student Tara Booker and senior Shi-Heria Shipp each scored a team-high 12 points, while grad student Sara Mostafa was one point away from her second double-double in three games with nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds to go with three blocks.
Miller's 10 steals matched the second-highest single-game total ever by a Colonial; Laurie Cann had 12 against Towson State in 1978, while Miller also had 10 at George Mason in December 2011. She is the 10th player in Division I to record double-digit steals in a game this season and the first in the Atlantic 10. Miller ranks second in the A-10 and 41st in the NCAA with 2.9 steals per game this season.
Senior Megan Nipe (9.8 ppg) paces a balanced Colonials' offense in which four players are averaging at least 8.9 points per game. Booker is the Colonials' top rebounder with 6.2 rpg, while senior Danni Jackson is averaging 5.0 assists, ranking third in the A-10.
Duquesne (16-3, 5-0 A-10) has won five in a row after dropping its final two non-conference games to Delaware and Miami (OH). At 5-0 in the conference, including a a 68-50 win over Fordham on Sunday, the Dukes are off to their best-ever start to A-10 play. Wumi Agunbiade led the Dukes with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the last outing, while Orsi Szecsi posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Agunbiade leads Duquesne with 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, the eighth- and 10th-best marks in the Atlantic 10, respectively, and she is averaging 16.8 points per game on 55.2 percent shooting against A-10 opponents. In addition, Jocelyn Floyd leads the nation in steals, averaging 5.2 per game.
One of the top defensive teams in the nation, Duquesne ranks second in steals (13.8 spg), third in three-point defense (.237), fifth in turnover margin (+7.58) and ninth in scoring defense (50.1 ppg). In addition, the Dukes are top-25 in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.344) and blocked shots (5.1 bpg).
Duquesne was picked to finish fourth out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 1- preseason poll following its fourth consecutive 20-win season and WNIT appearance. Agunbiade and Szecsi were both selected to the preseason all-conference first team, and Floyd was tabbed to the all-defensive squad.
GW is 47-10 all-time against Duquesne, including 23-1 at the Smith Center, but the Dukes have won the last five meetings. The series began in 1983, and the teams split the first six meetings before GW won the next 15 in a row and 44-of-46. The Dukes' recent success began in 2010. The 47 wins are GW's most against any opponent.
Nipe has averaged 13.3 points per game in four career contests against Duquesne, while Booker has averaged close to a double-double with 9.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in four games against the Dukes.
The Colonials and Dukes met twice last season, with Duquesne winning the regular-season contest, 76-50, in Pittsburgh, then defeating GW, 69-55, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. In the tournament matchup, Miller led the Colonials with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Booker added 12 points, six rebounds and five steals. Szecsi led the Dukes with 20 points and seven boards, and Agunbiade had 16 points and eight rebounds. Earlier in the season, the duo combined for 41 points and 18 rebounds against GW.
The Colonials next visit A-10 rival La Salle on Sunday at 1 p.m. before returning to the Smith Center for two more home games against league foes Richmond (Feb. 6) and Butler (Feb. 10).