GW Women's Hoops Back in Action on Saturday at Richmond
Colonials, Spiders Face Off at Noon
Feb. 21, 2014
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (18-8, 9-4 A-10)
WASHINGTON - After a week off, the George Washington women's basketball team goes for its third straight win and sixth in its last seven games when it visits Atlantic 10 rival Richmond on Saturday. Tipoff from Robins Center is set for 12 p.m.
GW (18-8, 9-4 A-10) is currently tied with Fordham, St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's for second place in the A-10 standings with three games to play. The teams sit three games behind Dayton in first place and a game ahead of Duquesne in sixth. The top four teams at the end of the regular season will earn a bye to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship, which takes place from March 5-9 at the Richmond Coliseum.
The Colonials' 18 wins are their most since 2007-08, and there are ensured of a winning conference record for the first time since 2008-09, when they went 9-5 in A-10 play.
GW defeated Massachusetts, 78-54, last Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center behind a career day from freshman Caira Washington, who recorded 25 points and 16 rebounds en route to an Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week nod. She leads the A-10 in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game.
Graduate student Danni Jackson dished out her 500th career assist against the Minutewomen to become just the second player in program history with 1,000 points and 500 helpers in her career, joining Kimberly Beck ('08). She ranks third in the A-10 with 5.8 assists per game.
GW boasts the third-ranked offense in the league, averaging 76.7 points per game nearly 18 points higher than last season's average of 58.9. The Colonials feature four double-figure scorers, led by graduate student Megan Nipe (14.6 ppg) and sophomore Jonquel Jones, who is the only player in the A-10 averaging a double-double on the season with 13.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.
GW is 19-10 all-time against Richmond, including 7-5 at the Robins Center. The Colonials defeated the Spiders twice last season, including 59-53 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Jackson led the Colonials with 13 points and five assists in that game, while Nipe had 12 points and six rebounds. Earlier last season, GW rallied for a 57-54 victory at the Smith Center as Chakecia Miller scored four points in the final 11 seconds. Nipe scored 12 points in that game, as well.
Richmond (12-14, 6-7 A-10) is coming off an 89-76 win at Massachusetts on Wednesday evening. Lauren Tolson led five Spiders in double figures with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Kristina King had 16 points and nine boards and Janelle Hubbard finished with 14 points and nine assists.
While leading scorer Olivia Healy suffered a season-ending injury last month, three other Spiders are averaging more than 11 points per game, led by King and Genvieve Okoro with 11.7 apiece. Okoro is also Richmond's top rebounder, averaging 8.0 boards per contest, ranking fourth in the A-10. King also leads the league in steals (2.1 spg).