GW Women's Hoops Faces Off with Red-Hot Temple in Wednesday Matinee
Colonials Look to Halt Owls' Nine-Game Win Streak
Feb. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team visits Atlantic 10 rival Temple, which is riding a nine-game winning streak, on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Owls' Liacouras Center.
The Colonials (11-13, 4-6 A-10) are coming off a 63-51 loss to A-10 foe Richmond on Saturday. Senior Tara Booker led GW with 14 points, while freshman Chakecia Miller and junior Megan Nipe tallied 10 apiece.
GW currently sits in ninth place in the A-10 standings, one game behind Duquesne (5-5) and two behind La Salle (6-4) and Saint Joseph's (6-4) with four games to play.
Three Colonials rank among the A-10's top 20 scoring leaders in conference games, as junior Danni Jackson (13.8 ppg) is tied for eighth, Booker (12.6 ppg) is 13th and senior Tiana Myers (12.4 ppg) is 18th. GW is the only school in the league with three players in the top 20.
GW's defense continues to rank among the top in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials rank second in the league in steals (10.3 per game), third in turnover margin (+4.0), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.379) and fifth in scoring defense (59.0 ppg allowed). GW also ranks 18th in the NCAA in turnovers per game, committing just 14.0 per contest.
Temple (16-8, 9-1 A-10) is coming off a 77-50 victory at home over A-10 rival Massachusetts on Saturday, its ninth straight win. Center Victoria Macaulay led five Owls in double figures with 18 points, while forward Brittany Lewis posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Guard Shey Peddy is the A-10's second-leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points per game, and she is second in the league with 2.8 steals per contest and third with 2.2 three-pointers made per game.
Temple's offense is also led by guard Kristen McCarthy, who is averaging 13.0 ppg, while guard BJ Williams leads the A-10 with 4.9 assists per outing. In addition, Macaulay is the Owls' top rebounder at 7.1 rpg, and she also ranks second in the league in blocks (1.8 bpg).
The Owls are averaging 63.7 ppg on the season while allowing just 56.3 ppg, the third-best mark in the conference. Temple was a preseason favorite to win the A-10 and is currently in second place in the conference standings.
GW is 28-21 all-time against Temple, including 9-10 on the road, but the Owls have won four straight meetings. The series began on Dec. 4, 1983, an 83-67 win for the visiting Owls, who won six straight and 13 of the first 15 matchups before GW's 18-game win streak began in 1991. The Colonials' last win in the series occurred on Feb. 25, 2007 (65-63 at Smith Center).
In last season's matchup, Temple opened the game with a 28-2 run and defeated GW, 89-36, at the Smith Center. Jackson led the Colonials with 10 points, while Qwedia Wallace paced six Owls in double figures with 18 points.
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