Women's Hoops to #Play4Kay Against UMass on Wednesday Night
Colonials host Minutewomen to conclude quick two-game homestand
TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will conclude a quick two-game homestand and look to get back in the win column on Wednesday night when it hosts Massachusetts at the Charles E. Smith Center in its annual Pink Game. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
#PLAY4KAY: The Colonials are participating in the 2018 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge throughout the month of February to help raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans can donate a certain amount to the fund for every free throw the Colonials make in the month of February. For more information and to donate, click here.
GW will also be wearing pink socks and headbands to help raise awareness for the ongoing initiative.
LAST TIME OUT: GW saw a furious fourth quarter rally fall short in a tough 57-53 loss to first-place Dayton on Sunday at the Smith Center. The Colonials faced a 14-point deficit with under two minutes to go in the third quarter before mounting a wild comeback that saw the game knotted up at 53-53 on a three-pointer by Mei-Lyn Bautista with 1:26 to go in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, that was the end of the scoring for the Colonials as the Flyers put the game away with a 4-0 run over the final 86 seconds.
MILESTONE WATCH: Senior Kelli Prange enters Wednesday's game just eight points shy of 1,000 for her career and is on pace to become the 34th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.
Prange missed seven games earlier this season but is averaging 13.2 points per game since her return to the lineup on January 13. For the season, she is averaging a career-best 12.9 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field.
BRI'S BEST FOR LAST: Senior Brianna Cummings is also enjoying a career year in her final season in the Buff and Blue. She leads GW in scoring at a career-best 14.7 points per game and is scoring at a rate of 16.5 points per game against A-10 opponents. She has hit double digits in all but three games this season, including five 20+ point games, and has been GW's leading scorer in 13 games this season.
BALL PROTECTION: GW committed just nine turnovers against Dayton on Sunday. It marks the sixth time this season, and third straight game, that GW has committed less than 10 giveaways. The Colonials continue to lead the Atlantic 10 and hold top-10 national rankings in both fewest turnovers (6th, 277) and turnovers per game (8th, 11.5).
DEFEND: The Colonials rank second overall in the A-10 in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 59.6 points per game, and boast an 11-2 record when holding the opposition to 59 points or less.
SERIES HISTORY: GW leads the all-time series, 40-10, and is a perfect 22-0 at home against the Minutewomen.
The Colonials extended the current win streak against UMass to five games last season with a thrilling double-overtime victory in Amherst. Facing a 15-point deficit with just over a minute to play in the third quarter, GW did not allow a single point over the entire fourth quarter to force overtime. The Colonials then outscored the home team, 11-5, in the second extra session to escape with the win.
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