Women's Hoops Faces La Salle in A-10 Championship Opener on Tuesday

Feb. 26, 2018

TIPPING OFF: The No. 5 seed George Washington women's basketball team will open play in the Atlantic 10 Championship on Tuesday night when it hosts No. 13 seed La Salle in the first round at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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February 1, 2018
GW Women's Hoops Sends Explorers Away
WASHINGTON - At the midway point of the Atlantic 10 schedule, the George Washington women's basketball team welcomed the La Salle Explorers to DC and sought a winning end to a three-game home stand that previously saw a split of games with Rhode Island and Saint Louis. The Colonials delivered on the back of point guard Mei-Lyn Bautista to move a game better than .500 in conference play at 5-4 on the season in a 60-45 win.

A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: GW is making its 36th appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship while searching for its seventh tournament title after wins in 2016, 2015, 2003, 1996, 1995 and 1992.

THE ROAD AHEAD: The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals against the winner of No. 4 George Mason and No. 12 St. Bonaventure (Tues., 7 p.m.) on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Possible semifinal opponents (Sat., 11 a.m.) include No. 1 Dayton, No. 8 Richmond or No. 9 Davidson.

LAST TIME OUT: GW was held to its lowest point total of the season in a 49-36 loss to Richmond on Saturday at the Smith Center. Senior Brianna Cummings became the 35th member of GW's 1,000-point club and finished with a team-high 11 points to lead the Colonials.

GET DEFENSIVE: Despite the loss on Saturday, GW still played to its season averages in terms of defensive effort. The Colonials held the opposition to 50 points or less for the 10th time this season and also limited Richmond to 39 percent shooting, the 14th time this season an opponent has shot 40 percent or worse from the field.

BALL SECURITY: GW continues to lead the conference in ball protection, ranking amongst the top 20 in the NCAA in fewest turnovers (5th, 319) and turnovers per game (4th, 11.4) while ranking second in the A-10 and 32nd nationally in turnover margin (+4.75).

LAST TIME VS. LA SALLE: GW cruised to a 60-45 win over La Salle back on February 1 behind a career-high 22 points from junior Mei-Lyn Bautista. She stuffed the stat sheet with a four three-pointers, two rebounds and six assists.

SERIES HISTORY: GW's win over La Salle earlier this month improved the Colonials' record in the all-time series to 35-5, including 16-2 at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The teams have met three times in the Atlantic 10 Championship, with the Colonials winning all three games (2004, 1999, 1996).



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