GW Women's Hoops Visits Xavier in Road Finale on Wednesday
Feb. 26, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (12-14, 6-6 A-10)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team concludes its road schedule on Wednesday when it visits Xavier with seeding for the Atlantic 10 Championship on the line. Tip-off from Cintas Center is set for 7 p.m.
GW (12-14, 6-6 A-10) currently sits in seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings, one game behind Butler (7-5) and one game ahead of Richmond, Temple, Xavier and Saint Louis (5-7). With two games left in the regular season, the Colonials can finish anywhere from sixth to 11th place.
GW clinched a spot in the 12-team Atlantic 10 Championship with Sunday's 57-52 win over St. Bonaventure. GW is one of three teams to qualify for every postseason since the Atlantic 10 tournament began in 1983.
Senior Megan Nipe posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a game- and career-high 13 rebounds against the Bonnies. Seniors Danni Jackson and Shi-Heria Shipp each tallied 12 points, and graduate student Tara Booker was the fourth Colonials' player in double figures with 11 points to go with seven rebounds.
GW boasts a balanced offensive attack in which no player is averaging in double figures, but four average at least 9.5 points per game, led by Booker and Jackson with 9.6 ppg apiece. Booker also leads the Colonials with 10.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game against Atlantic 10 opponents.
Xavier (11-15, 5-7 A-10) has won four-in-a-row following Saturday's 65-54 win over VCU to move into a tie with three other teams for eighth place in the Atlantic 10 standings, one game behind GW. Shatyra Hawks led the Musketeers with 15 points and eight rebounds against the Rams, while Amber Gray and Jessica Pachko each scored 14.
Gray paces Xavier with 11.3 points per game, one of four players averaging better than 9.0 ppg. Pachko is second on the team with 9.9 ppg, and leads the Musketeers with 6.6 rebounds per contest, while her .545 field goal percentage ranks second in the A-10.
As a team, Xavier ranks near the bottom of the league in defense, allowing 61.1 points per game and a .389 opponent field goal percentage. However, the Musketeers rank third in the A-10 in three-point percentage (.321) and rebounding margin (+3.6 rpg), as they allow just 34.4 rebounds per game, the third-best mark in the conference. In addition, Xavier shoots nearly 40 percent from the field and averages 60.3 points per game.
GW is 18-15 all-time against Xavier, but just 6-13 away from the Charles E. Smith Center, including 5-9 on the Musketeers' home court. Neither team has won more than four straight games in the series.
Last season, GW ended a four-game skid against Xavier with a 54-44 win at the Smith Center. The Colonials limited the Musketeers to just 25.8 percent shooting. Jackson scored 22 points and drained a career-high five three-pointers to lead GW. Chakecia Miller added 15 points and Brooke Wilson pulled down 18 rebounds. Tyesha Moss led Xavier with 15 points, while Hawks added nine points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Colonials conclude the regular season on Sunday when they host Saint Louis on Senior Day. Graduate students Booker, Wilson and Sara Mostafa will be honored prior to the final home game of their careers.