GW Aims To Avenge Lone A-10 Loss Wednesday Versus Richmond
GW (13-8, 5-1 A-10) vs. Richmond (16-6, 4-3 A-10)
Feb. 3, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - GW completes its annual Atlantic 10 regular-season home-and-home series with Richmond at Charles E. Smith Center Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. The Colonials have won six consecutive games since losing their league opener on the road against the Spiders Jan. 10. GW has won 33 of its last 36 A-10 regular-season games dating back to Feb. 2006.
GW (13-8, 5-1 A-10) escaped La Salle 72-70 Saturday for its sixth straight win behind senior Antelia Parrish's career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Parrish scored 18 points in the second half as the Colonials overcame an eight-point deficit with just over 15 minutes to play. It was GW's first victory of the season after trailing at the half.
In the teams' last meeting, GW had a streak of 10 consecutive victories in league openers broken with a 66-65 final seconds loss at Richmond Jan. 10. Senior Jazmine Adair put the Colonials ahead 65-64 with a putback with 10.8 seconds remaining, but Danielle Bell banked in a 15-footer from the wing with 1.5 ticks left to lift the Spiders to the one-point win. Seniors Jessica Adair and Antelia Parrish each scored 15 points to lead GW. It was the first loss in an A-10 opener for GW since a 63-58 home loss to Xavier in Jan. 1998.
While GW has struggled with a 3-6 mark on the road this season, it continues to enjoy the comforts of Smith Center, where it has won 38 of its last 41 games overall, 17 straight against A-10 opponents and is 77-3 versus league foes during the regular season the past decade.
Over the past three games, GW has connected on 27-of-59 three-point attempts (45.8 percent), highlighted by a season-best 11 triples at Dayton last Wednesday. In the six games prior to that hot streak, GW hit just 22-of-93 shots from deep (23.7 percent). Antelia Parrish (9-18), Tara Booker (8-14) and Tiana Myers (6-15) have hit all but two of the Colonials' 27 threes during the stretch.
The Colonials are 11-0 this season when leading at halftime, 1-7 when trailing and have split their two games when tied at the break. GW is also 7-0 when freshman Tara Booker is in the starting lineup.
GW has won a season-best six straight games since its longest losing skid - four games - in six seasons. First-year coach Mike Bozeman has plauded the increased "effort" during the streak and the stats help back-up the praise:
After winning four of its first five conference games, including a last-second victory over GW Jan. 10, Richmond (16-6, 4-3 A-10) has dropped its last two outings. The Spiders suffered their first A-10 home loss Jan. 27 against Charlotte 62-55 and lost just their second road game of the season Sunday with a 59-55 overtime defeat at Duquesne. Sophomore leading scorer Brittani Shells, who paces UR and is second in the league at 16.4 ppg, did not play against the Dukes and is listed as day-to-day heading into Wednesday night's rematch at GW. Freshman Samantha Bilney, who has started all 22 games for the Spiders, injured her knee in the second half of Sunday's game with Duquesne and is questionable.
Richmond leads the A-10 and ranks 22nd in the nation with better than 11 steals per game, including 15 thefts on Duquesne's 31 turnovers is Sunday's road loss. Shells is second in the league and 59th nationally with 2.52 steals per game.