GW Women's Hoops Looks to Stay Hot at Fordham on Wednesday Afternoon
Feb. 12, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (11-12, 5-4 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team looks to stay hot when it visits upstart Fordham on Wednesday afternoon. Tipoff from the Rams' Rose Hill Gym is set for 12 p.m.
GW (11-12, 5-4 A-10) has won three in a row and five of its last seven following a 77-60 rout of Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler on Sunday. The Colonials shot 65 percent in the second half and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 45-23, in the game - their largest margin of the season. GW also dished out a season-high 23 assists on 30 field goals.
Sophomore Chakecia Miller led four Colonials in double figures with 18 points, with all but four coming in the second half. Graduate student Tara Booker posted her first double-double of the season and 11th of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and she was 4-of-7 from three-point range.
GW boasts a balanced offensive attack in which no player is averaging in double figures, but four average better than 9.0 points per game, led by Booker and senior Megan Nipe with 9.9 ppg apiece.
Booker recently 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 (1,129 points) and eighth in both rebounds (756) and blocks (100).
Fordham (16-7, 6-2 A-10) is coming off a 68-57 loss to No. 18 Dayton on Sunday. Marah Strickland led the Rams with 21 points, while Erin Rooney added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Rooney and Strickland are each averaging 13.9 points per game, ranking seventh and eighth in the Atlantic 10, respectively. In addition, they are the top two free throw shooters in the league. Arielle Collins ranks third in the A-10 in steals with 2.6 per game.
As a team, Fordham is the A-10's second-leading scoring defense, allowing just 52.4 points per game, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. The Rams also lead the league and rank 16th in the nation in free throw percentage, shooting at a 76.0 percent clip.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Stephanie Gaitley, Fordham was picked to finish 11th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. The Rams finished 12-18 last season and won just three games in A-10 play. However, Fordham returns four starters, and with the addition of transfers Strickland and Rooney, finds itself in fifth place in the league standings.
GW is 17-1 all-time against Fordham, with its lone loss coming in Rose Hill Gym in 2011. The Colonials have outscored the Rams by 21.4 points per game in the series. Seniro Danni Jackson has averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 assists in two career games against Fordham. Last season, GW defeated Fordham, 54-43, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Jackson led the Colonials with 23 points, while Booker poured in 20 and added eight rebounds. Collins led the Rams with 15 points.
The Colonials visit Charlotte on Sunday, then return home to host defending regular-season A-10 champion St. Bonaventure on Feb. 24 in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network.