Colonials Think Pink, Honor McKeown Against Spiders Sunday
No. 14/13 GW (18-4, 6-1 A-10) vs. Richmond (11-11, 4-3 A-10)
Feb. 9, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's basketball team, athletic and spirit departments host the program's first-ever PINK OUT Sunday, Feb. 10, as the Colonials host Richmond at 2:00 pm. GW also will honor head coach Joe McKeown, who won his 500th career game at Duquense on Feb. 2, with special pre-game and halftime ceremonies.
The promotion, co-sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, is designed to raise awareness for breast cancer research and the national THINK PINK initiative through fan support at women's basketball games. Fans are encouraged to join the GW and Richmond players, coaches and staff in wearing pink to this special game. Proceeds from the contest will go to support the GW Cancer Institute.
McKeown became the 34th coach all-time (22nd active) in Division I women's basketball history to reach 500 career victories when the Colonials beat the Dukes, 73-65, in Pittsburgh on Feb. 2. McKeown won 68 games in three seasons at New Mexico St. from 1986-89 and is 432-151 in his 19th year at GW.
The Colonials have won four straight games overall and 10 consecutive at Smith Center - tied as the 10th longest home-court streak in the nation. GW has won three straight against Richmond and holds a 15-2 edge in the series. However, the Spiders were the last conference team to defeat the Colonials at Smith Center - 67-63 on Feb. 19, 2006. GW has since won 12 straight league home contests.
Senior All-American Kimberly Beck is the only player in the 25-year history of the Atlantic 10 to post at least 1,200 points, 600 assists, 300 rebounds, 200 steals and 50 blocks during her four-year career. Beck's current career totals: 1,280 points, 649 assists (8th all-time in A-10), 334 rebounds, 272 steals (15th all-time in A-10) and 58 blocks. The current A-10 assists leader, Beck also is seeking to become just the 11th player in NCAA Division I history to lead her conference in assists for four seasons.
GW women's basketball is having a banner season in terms of attendance, averaging 1,834 fans through 12 home games this season, which would top the program's single-season home attendance average of 1,637 set during the 1995-96 season. The 22,009 fans to watch the Colonials this season marks the second highest single-season home total in program history - trailing only the 25,344 fans during the 1996-97 season - with three home games remaining.
Richmond will be looking for its season-best third consecutive victory Sunday after defeating Fordham and St. Bonaventure in its previous two outings. Freshman leading scorer Brittani Shells paced the Spiders with 18 points in Wednesday's 62-48 win at St. Bonaventure. Rookie Crystal Goring and redshirt junior Johanna McKnight added 12 points apiece and the Spiders held the Bonnies to 29.8 percent shooting to improve to 4-3 in the A-10.
Shells and McKnight are UR's double-digits scorers at 13.6 and 13.0 points per game, respectively. The trio of Shells, McKnight and sophomore Danielle Bell have combined to hit 98 three-pointers at a 43 percent rate this season to help Richmond to a league-leading 36.9 percent rate from behind the arc. However, the Spiders are 12th in the A-10 in defending the three-pointer (36.3 percent) and last in free throw shooting (61.6 percent).