GW Women's Hoops Returns to Action on Saturday at League-Leading St. Bonaventure
Feb. 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - Following a week off, the George Washington women's basketball team hits the court again on Saturday afternoon, taking on league-leading St. Bonaventure at 1 p.m. at the Bonnies' Reilly Center.
The Colonials (10-11, 3-4 A-10) are coming off a 74-56 loss to Atlantic 10 foe Dayton last Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center. Senior Tara Booker led GW with 13 points and nine rebounds, while senior Tiana Myers (12), junior Megan Nipe (12) and freshman Chakecia Miller (10) gave GW four players in double figures for the first time since Dec. 28 at William & Mary.
With 999 career points, Myers is on the brink of reaching 1,000 for her career. She would become the 26th Colonial ever to reach the milestone and the first since Jessica Adair in 2008. Myers will be the 12th active player in the A-10 with at least 1,000 points and the seventh to reach the mark this season.
Junior Danni Jackson is averaging 14.3 points per game against A-10 opponents this season, the eighth-best mark in the conference. She has scored at least 10 points in all but four games this season. In addition, Jackson ranks second in the league and 19th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.873), and her .818 career mark is the second-best ever in GW history.
St. Bonaventure (21-2, 8-0 A-10) is coming off a 58-53 road win over Atlantic 10 rival Duquesne on Wednesday, its 10th straight victory. Guard Jessica Jenkins led the Bonnies with 15 points against the Dukes.
Jenkins is the A-10's third-leading scorer, averaging 14.9 points per game this season. The league's all-time record holder for career 3-pointers, she also leads the conference with 3.4 treys per game this season, connecting on 41.3 percent of her attempts from long distance.
Also leading the Bonnies' offense is forward Megan Van Tatenhove, who is averaging 12.1 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game. Her .492 field goal percentage ranks ninth in the A-10.
St. Bonaventure, who earned a berth in the 2011 WNIT and is currently receiving votes in both major polls, is outscoring its opponents by a league-best 10.8 points per game this season. The Bonnies lead the A-10 in field goal percentage defense, holding their opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting, and rank second in scoring defense, allowing just 53.7 points per game. St. Bonaventure is also the second-best three-point shooting team in the conference at 37.6 percent.
GW is 32-4 all-time against St. Bonaventure, including 14-3 on the road, but the Bonnies have won three of the last four meetings. Last season, St. Bonaventure defeated the Colonials, 72-48, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Jackson led GW with 10 points, while Jenkins scored a game-high 16 for the Bonnies.