Women's Hoops Heads to St. Bonaventure on Sunday to Open Road Swing
Colonials look for consecutive wins to open final month of regular season
TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will aim for back-to-back wins when it visits St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at the Reilly Center is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in a game that will air on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind a career night from junior Mei-Lyn Bautista, the Colonials used a big third quarter run to down visiting La Salle, 60-45, on Thursday night at the Smith Center. The win moved GW to 5-4 in the Atlantic 10 heading into the final month of the regular season.
HAVE A DAY, MEI: Bautista turned in the finest performance of her career on Thursday night. She hit a career-high nine field goals on 14 attempts, including a quartet of three-pointers, on the way to a career-best 22 points. She also directed the offense with a game-high six assists and just one turnover.
LOCK DOWN DEFENSE: GW limited La Salle to just 39 field-goal attempts, the lowest amount of any opponent this season, while forcing 15 turnovers.
The 45 points scored by the Explorers also marks the seventh time this season GW has held an opponent to less than 50 points. The Colonials are undefeated when limiting opponents to below the half-century mark.
BIG BOARD NIGHT: GW won the rebounding battle over La Salle, 35-25, the largest rebounding differential of the season. The number was boasted by 17 offensive rebounds, which in turn led to a season-high total of 20 second-chance points.
CAMI CONNECTS: Senior Camila Tapias broke out of a brief shooting slump by connecting on a trio of three-pointers on Thursday night to finish with nine points, along with two steals. It marked the fourth time this season, and sixth time in her career, she has hit a trio of threes or more.
NOTABLE: GW continues to lead the Atlantic 10 and hold top-30 NCAA rankings in fewest turnovers (254, 11th in NCAA), fewest turnovers per game (12.1, 13th in NCAA), turnover margin (5.52, 23rd in NCAA) and fewest fouls (308, 28th in NCAA) ... with Thursday's win, GW improves to 8-0 in games played in February under second-year head coach Jennifer Rizzotti ... Cummings is averaging 16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds on 45 percent shooting in nine Atlantic 10 games ... senior Kelli Prange (12.7 ppg) and Bautista (10.8 ppg) are also averaging double figures in conference games ... Bautista's 2.73 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the conference and 17th in the NCAA.
SERIES HISTORY: GW is 35-7 in the all-times series against St. Bonaventure, including last season's 63-57 win at home. On the road, the Colonials hold a 14-6 record.
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