GW Women's Hoops to Play 4Kay Against Butler in Televised Homecoming Game
Colonials and Bulldogs to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness with Annual Pink Contest
Feb. 9, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (10-12, 4-4 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team hosts Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler for the first time ever on Sunday afternoon. The 2 p.m. tipoff at the Charles E. Smith Center will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, with Byron Kerr and Christy Winters-Scott on the call. As part of the annual Play 4Kay effort to increase breast cancer awareness, fans attending Sunday's game are encourage to wear pink, and the first 300 fans will receive pink T-shirts.
Formerly the WBCA Pink Zone, Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity.
Sunday's game is also part of Homecoming weekend at GW.
GW (10-12, 4-4 A-10) has won four of its last six games following a thrilling 57-54 come-from-behind victory over Atlantic 10 rival Richmond on Wednesday at the Smith Center. The Colonials trailed by one with 52 seconds left after Richmond's Rachael Bilney drained a three-pointer, but sophomore Chakecia Miller scored four points in the final 11 seconds of the game and came up with a key steal to give the Colonials their first victory over the Spiders since 2008.
Miller finished with 10 points and five assists in the game, while seniors Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp scored 12 apiece. Graduate student Tara Booker pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds, and Shipp added nine.
GW boasts a balanced offensive attack in which no player is averaging in double figures, but four are scoring better than 9.0 points per game, led by Nipe with 9.9 ppg.
With a season-high three blocks against Richmond on Wednesday, Booker became the first player in program history to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 100 blocks and 150 steals in her career. She currently ranks 21st all-time at GW in scoring (1,113 points), ninth in rebounds (746) and eighth in blocks (100) to go with 155 career steals.
Butler (14-8, 5-2 A-10) has won five of its last six games following a 60-45 win over Rhode Island on Thursday. Daress McClung led the Bulldogs with 19 points and four steals, while Liz Stratman tallied 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
McClung is the Atlantic 10's third-leading scorer with 17.0 points per game, pacing three Bulldogs who are averaging in double figures. McClung also leads the league and ranks 13th in the NCAA in blocked shots (2.7 bpg) and ranks fourth in the A-10 in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and third in steals (2.6 spg).
Taylor Schippers ranks eighth in the A-10 in scoring (13.7 ppg) and seventh in assists (4.0 apg). She is also Butler's top three-point threat, averaging 1.6 triples per game.
As a team, Butler is averaging 61.5 points per game on 38.6 percent shooting. However, the Bulldogs are shooting just 26.7 percent from three-point rage, the second-lowest mark in the conference. Butler has also been outrebounded by 4.4 boards per game, giving up an average of 41.3 rebounds per contest, ranking 15th in the A-10 in both categories. The Bulldogs also rank second in the NCAA with 6.5 blocks per game.
In its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Butler was picked to finish 12th in the preseason poll. The Bulldogs return just four players from a 2012 squad which finished 13-17.
The Colonials next hit the road for a pair of A-10 games at Fordham (Feb. 13) and Charlotte (Feb. 17). GW returns to the Smith Center to host 2012 regular-season A-10 champion St. Bonaventure on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. That game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.