Women's Hoops Welcomes La Salle on Thursday for Homecoming

Jan. 31, 2018

TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will officially tip off homecoming weekend on Thursday night by hosting La Salle at the Charles E. Smith Center in the final game of a three-game homestand. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: GW and Saint Louis threw punches worthy of a title fight in a back-and-forth affair, but it was Saint Louis which escaped with the victory thanks to a buzzer-beater in overtime, 72-69, last Saturday at the Smith Center.

SHE DOES IT ALL: Senior Brianna Cummings had another standout performance against Saint Louis in what was arguably her best all-around effort of the season. She finished with a game-high 20 points, her fourth 20-point game of the season, on 6-of-10 shooting. Cummings also dished out a career-high six assists with zero turnovers while pulling down five rebounds and tying her career-high with three blocks.

Cummings has scored at least 14 points in seven straight games and is averaging 18.3 points on 50 percent shooting from the field during the stretch.

MILESTONE WATCH: Cummings is just three rebounds away from joining the 500-rebound club. She would become the 27th player in program history to accomplish the feat. Senior Kelli Prange recently joined the club and sits at 565 career boards entering Thursday's game.

BACK TO FORM: Prange turned in a pair of monster performances last week and in turn was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career. She followed her mammoth 36-point scoring game against Rhode Island, the fifth-highest total in program history and the most points by any player in the A-10 this year, by scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting against Saint Louis on Saturday.

Prange has hit for double figures in the last four games (18.5/gm) while shooting 56 percent from the field.

TAKE IT AWAY: GW leads the conference in steals per game, averaging 9.0 thefts per contest. Mei-Lyn Bautista (2.4/game) and Cummings (1.4/game) both rank in the top five in the conference. Bautista is tops in the league for conference games, averaging 3.1 steals over eight A-10 games.

STANDINGS CHECK: As of Wednesday, the Colonials sit in seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 4-4 conference record. Most of the league is in action on Wednesday evening with GW-La Salle being the lone game on the schedule for Thursday.

In the middle of the pack, George Mason, Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis all sit one game ahead of GW at 5-3 while the Colonials are ahead of Davidson (4-5) and Richmond (3-6).

SERIES HISTORY: GW won last season's game in Philadelphia, 79-65, to improve its all-time record against the Explorers to 34-5. The Colonials own a 15-2 advantage in games played at the Charles E. Smith Center and are 7-3 against La Salle over the last 10 meetings.



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