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GW Women's Hoops Looks to End Skid vs. La Salle on Senior Night on Wednesday

Senior Kristin Aldridge
 
Senior Kristin Aldridge
 

Feb. 21, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team plays its final home game of the 2012 campaign on Wednesday evening when it welcomes Atlantic 10 Conference rival La Salle to the Charles E. Smith Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Prior to the game, the Colonials will honor seniors Kristin Aldridge and Tiana Myers, as well as senior manager Dominique Bozeman, in a Senior Night ceremony.

GW (11-15, 4-8 A-10) is coming off its third straight loss, 56-53, at A-10 rival Massachusetts on Sunday. Senior Tara Booker posted her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Myers added 13 points and eight boards.

The Colonials are currently tied with Xavier for ninth place in the A-10 standings, two games behind La Salle (6-6) with two to play. The Colonials will clinch a spot in the 12-team A-10 Championship with a win over the Explorers on Wednesday.

Three Colonials rank among the A-10's top 20 scoring leaders in conference games, as Booker (13.4 ppg) is 10th, junior Danni Jackson (12.8 ppg) is 14th and Myers (12.7 ppg) is 16th. GW is the only school in the league with three players in the top 20.

GW's defense continues to rank among the top of the Atlantic 10. The Colonials rank second in the league in steals (10.4 per game), fourth in turnover margin (+3.77) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.387) and scoring defense (59.5 ppg).

La Salle (12-15, 6-6 A-10) is coming off an 82-52 loss at A-10 rival Duquesne on Saturday, its third loss in four games. Guard Jordan Mosley was the only Explorer in double figures with 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench.

Guard Brittany Wilson leads La Salle in scoring with 13.7 points per game. She also paces the Explorers in three-point percentage (.398), assists (65) and steals (52).

 

 

La Salle's offense is also led by guard Alexis Scott, who is averaging 12.6 ppg, while guard Nadia Duncan ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (.550) and forward Ruvanna Campbell is fourth in rebounding (8.0 rpg).

La Salle, which was picked to finish 11th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, allow an average of 62.0 points per game while scoring 59.2 ppg.

GW is 30-3 all-time against La Salle, including 14-0 at the Smith Center. The series began on Dec. 28, 1981, a 59-55 win for the visiting Explorers, but the Colonials won the next 24 meetings before La Salle earned its next victory on Feb. 4, 2005. Myers has averaged 14.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in three career games against the Explorers.

In last season's matchup, Myers posted her first career double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but the Explorers outscored the Colonials, 16-3, over the final 3:51 to earn the 73-64 home victory, snapping a six-game GW win streak in the series. La Salle guard Ashley Gale led all scorers with 26 points.

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