GW Women's Hoops Hosts St. Bonaventure in Nationally Televised Tilt on Sunday
Feb. 23, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (11-14, 5-6 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team returns to the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday afternoon to host defending Atlantic 10 regular-season champion St. Bonaventure in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
GW (11-14, 5-6 A-10) currently sits in a tie with Temple for seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Colonials have had a week off following a 68-56 loss at Charlotte last Sunday. Senior Danni Jackson led three Colonials in double figures with 12 points, while classmate Megan Nipe and freshman Alexis Chandler each scored 10.
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 graduate student Tara Booker with 9.6 ppg. Booker leads the Colonials with 10.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game against Atlantic 10 opponents. She is shooting 46.1 percent from the floor in conference games, including 45.2 percent from three point range.
St. Bonaventure (9-17, 2-9 A-10) has dropped seven straight following Thursday's 67-63 loss to No. 14 Dayton in a rematch of last season's A-10 Championship game. Alaina Walker led four Bonnies in double figures with 17 points, while Doris Ortega tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Ortega paces St. Bonaventure with 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Katie Healy has stepped up in league play, averaging 10.7 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor.
As a team, St. Bonaventure ranks near the bottom of the A-10 in offense, averaging just 54.4 points per game while shooting 35.8 percent from the field. The Bonnies also rank last in the league in rebounding (34.4 rpg).
St. Bonaventure won the 2011-12 Atlantic 10 regular-season title with a perfect 14-0 conference mark and finished 31-4 overall, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. However, the Bonnies graduated a pair of First-Team All-Conference selections in Jessica Jenkins and Morgan van Tatenhove and were selected to finish seventh in the 2012-13 preseason poll. The Bonnies currently sit in 14th place in the league standings.
GW is 32-5 against St. Bonaventure since 1987, including 16-1 at the Smith Center, but the Bonnies have won three straight and four of the last five meetings. GW won 26 in a row from 1990-2007. Graduate student Sara Mostafa has averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two career games against St. Bonaventure, while Jackson has recorded 10.0 points and 3.5 assists in two contests.
Last season, St. Bonaventure defeated GW, 80-69, at the Reilly Center. Tiana Myers scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Colonials, while Booker tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Jackson added 10 points and five helpers. Jenkins led all scorers with 32 points for the Bonnies, including eight three-pointers, while Walker contributed 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Next up for the Colonials is a trip to Cincinnati to take on Xavier on Wednesday in their final road contest of the year. GW then concludes the regular season at home against Saint Louis on March 3.