GW Women's Hoops Heads to La Salle on Sunday
Feb. 2, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (8-12, 2-4 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team visits Atlantic 10 rival La Salle on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. tipoff at the Explorers' Tom Gola Arena.
GW (8-12, 2-4 A-10) is coming off a heartbreaking 63-59 double-overtime loss to league-leading Duquesne on Wednesday afternoon. Graduate student Sara Mostafa and senior Danni Jackson each scored a team-best 17 points. The game was tied at halftime, and GW led by as many as 11 in the second period, but the Dukes forced overtime and eventually won with an 8-1 run in the second extra session.
The game marked the first double-overtime contest for GW since Dec. 2, 2010, a 64-61 loss at Marshall. The Colonials had not played more than 40 minutes in a game since Nov. 30, 2011, when they defeated Old Dominion, 58-52, at the Smith Center.
GW boasts a balanced offensive attack in which no player is averaging in double figures, but four score better than 9.0 points per game, led by senior Megan Nipe (9.9 ppg).
La Salle (7-13, 3-2 A-10) is coming off its second straight win - a 68-57 victory at Massachusetts on Wednesday. Brittany Wilson scored 30 points and was a perfect 14-for-14 at the foul line. Shanel Henderson added a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Ebonee Jones added 12 points and eight boards.
Wilson is the top scorer in the Atlantic 10 with 18.7 points per game, leading three Explorers averaging in double figures. Wilson also paces La Salle in rebounding (6.5 rpg), assists (2.8 apg) and steals (1.8 spg).
As a team, La Salle ranks near the bottom of the A-10 in offense (55.7 ppg, .331) and defense (61.9 ppg, .389) and has been outscored by 6.2 points per game on the season.
La Salle was picked to finish ninth out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll after tying for seventh place with a 7-7 league record last season. In addition, Wilson was selected to the preseason all-conference first team and all-defensive team. She is the Explorers' lone returning starter from a year ago.
GW is 30-4 all-time against La Salle, including 11-3 on the road, but the Explorers have won the last two meetings. The series began in 1981 with a 59-55 win for the visiting Explorers, but the Colonials won the next 24 meetings before La Salle earned its next victory in 2005. Mostafa is averaging a near double-double in her career against the Explorers, posting 11.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg in two career contests.
Last season, La Salle defeated GW, 69-47, at the Smith Center. Tiana Myers led the Colonials with 15 points, while Tara Booker posted 12 points and seven rebounds. Wilson led the Explorers with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Following Sunday's game, the Colonials return to the Smith Center for a pair of home games against Richmond (Feb. 6) and A-10 newcomer Butler (Feb. 10).