GW Looks To Stay Perfect At Home Against UMass
GW (15-10, 7-3 A-10) vs. Massachusetts (10-15, 3-7 A-10)
Feb. 17, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington returns from a lengthy road trip to host Massachusetts at Charles E. Smith Center Wednesday at 7:30 pm. The Colonials lead the all-time series 32-8, including a perfect 18-0 mark against the Minutewomen at Smith Center dating back to Dec. 1984.
GW (15-10, 7-3 A-10) capped a five-day, two-game road swing with a 67-62 victory at Saint Louis Saturday behind senior Jessica Adair's 19-point, 15-rebound double-double and freshman Tiana Myers' career-high 17 points. The Colonials led by 11 points at halftime and extended their cushion to 16 with 14:45 to play, but the Billikens managed to pull with 63-60 with less than two minutes to play. Myers hit a clutch jumper and senior Yolanda Lavender made a pair of free throws to help GW hang on for its fourth road win of the year.
In the last meeting, Jessica (14) and Jazmine Adair (11) teamed to score 25 points to help overcome the absence of an ill Kimberly Beck and a combined 2-of-12 shooting from starters Antelia Parrish and Erica Rivera as #14/13 GW rolled to a 69-45 victory at Massachusetts last February. The Colonials used an 11-0 second-half run to grab a 53-33 lead and coast to their 15th win in 16 games.
With four conference games remaining, GW sits in a tie for fourth in the A-10 standings with Temple. The Colonials have won at least a share of seven consecutive regular-season league titles and haven't finished lower than a tie for second since the 1989-90 season.
The GW women's basketball team and athletic department will host their second annual PINK OUT Saturday, Feb. 21, as the Colonials host St. Bonaventure. The Pink Zone promotion, formerly known as Think Pink and co-sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and The V Foundation through fan support at women's basketball games. Fans are encouraged to join the GW and St. Bonaventure players, coaches and staff in wearing pink to this special game.
Massachusetts (10-15, 3-7 A-10) has lost seven of its last nine games, but knocked off Temple, 71-60, Feb. 11 at Mullins Center for one of its two victories since mid-January. The Minutewomen used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to pull away for the victory over the Owls, their first since 2003. In its last outing, Stefanie Gerardot led all players with 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting, but her teammates shot a combined 30.8 percent (12-of-39) in UMass' 75-61 loss to Duquesne in Amherst, MA, on Saturday. The Dukes scored 22 points off 18 Minutewomen turnovers and held a 17-2 edge in fast break points.
Gerardot has scored 20-or-more points six times this season and ranks fourth in the A-10 in scoring at 15.4 points per game. UM, which is second in the league with 482 total three-point attempts, boasts a trio of players with 40-or-more made three-pointers - Cerie Mosgrove (45), Kristina Danella (43) and Gerardot (40).