GW Women's Hoops Visits Charlotte for Final Time on Sunday
Colonials Look to Rebound from Wednesday's Loss
Feb. 16, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (11-13, 5-5 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team makes its final Atlantic 10 Conference trip to Charlotte on Sunday afternoon to take on the 49ers at 2 p.m. at Halton Arena.
Charlotte is playing in its final season as a member of the A-10; the 49ers will join Conference USA for the 2013-14 campaign. GW is 3-4 against Charlotte since 2006, when the 49ers joined the Atlantic 10. The Colonials took the first three meetings in the series, but the 49ers have won the last four.
GW (11-13, 5-5 A-10) sits in eight place in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Colonials saw their season-best three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday when it lost to Fordham, 66-56, but they have still won five of their last eight contests. Senior Shi-Heria Shipp led GW with 14 points and added six rebounds, while classmate Danni Jackson tallied 13 points and graduate student Sara Mostafa finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.
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 grad student Tara Booker with 9.8 ppg. 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 20th all-time at GW in scoring (1,136 points) and eighth in rebounds (762) and blocks (101) to go with 159 career steals.
Charlotte (19-4, 8-1 A-10) is currently tied for second in the Atlantic 10 standings and has won eight in a row following Wednesday's 59-49 victory over Butler. Jennifer Hailey posted her ninth straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Amanda Dowe also had a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards, including 12 on the offensive glass. Ny Hammonds added 15 points and seven assists. Charlotte has not lost since falling to Fordham, 59-56, in the A-10 opener on Jan. 13.
Hailey has earned three straight Atlantic 10 Player of the Week awards and four overall this season. She is one of three players in the A-10 averaging a double-double on the year, leading the league and ranking eighth in the NCAA with 12.0 rebounds per game, while ranking fourth in scoring with 15.5 points per contest. Hailey also ranks third in the league with a .507 field goal percentage and second with 2.8 blocks per game. Her 18 double-doubles this season are the fifth-most in the nation.
Dowe is also averaging a double-double on the year with 10.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, ranking second in the A-10 in rebounding, while her .475 shooting percentage is fourth. Hammonds is the third 49er averaging in double figures with 10.4 points per game, and she leads the league and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 6.9 assists per contest. Hillary Sigmon is Charlotte's top three-point threat, ranking fourth in the A-10 with 2.1 triples per game while shooting 36.8 percent from long distance.
As a team, Charlotte owns the second-best offense in the A-10, scoring 65.9 points per game and shooting 42.8 percent from the floor, and the third-best defense, allowing just 55.5 points per contest. The 49ers have outscored their opponents by 10.4 ppg on the season. Charlotte also ranks ninth in the nation in three-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 29.6 percent from long distance. In addition, the 49ers rank second in the A-10 in both rebounding offense (42.5 rpg) and defense (33.8 rpg), outrebounding their opponents by 8.7 rpg, the 13th-best mark in the NCAA. Charlotte is also the top offensive rebounding team in the league, averaging 17.2 offensive boards per game, led by Dowe (4.9) and Hailey (4.6), the top two offensive rebounders in the A-10.
Last season, GW rallied from an eight-point deficit to take the lead with under a minute to go, but Charlotte guard Ayanna Holmes hit the game-winner with 11.5 seconds left, as the 49ers edged the Colonials, 61-60. Booker posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead GW, and Jackson added 14 points. She has averaged 11.5 points and 3.0 assists in two games against Charlotte in her career. The 49ers were led by Hailey with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while guard Jai Forney tallied 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Following Sunday's game, the Colonials will have a week off before returning home to host 2012 Atlantic 10 regular-season champion St. Bonaventure on Feb. 24 in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network.