Women's Hoops and George Mason Set for A-10 Quarterfinals
Colonials and Patriots will meet for third time this season
TIPPING OFF: The No. 5 seed George Washington women's basketball team will clash with No. 4 seed George Mason in the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum.
HOW WE GOT HERE: GW downed 12th-seeded La Salle, 69-49, on Tuesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center in the First Round while George Mason sent away No. 13 St. Bonaventure in an 89-79 win at EagleBank Arena.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Brianna Cummings paced three players in double figure with a game-high 18 points as the Colonials easily dispatched La Salle on Tuesday. Cummings, who was named to the A-10 All-Conference Third Team and All-Defensive Team on Thursday, hit 6-of-9 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws and added four rebounds, four steals and three assists in the win.
Senior Kelli Prange and junior Kelsi Mahoney also finished in double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively, while junior Mei-Lyn Bautista dished out nine assists to lead a total team effort that saw the Colonials register 19 dimes on 26 made field goals.
SIXTH WOMAN: Prange was named the A-10 Sixth Woman of the Year on Thursday and lived up to the billing in Tuesday's first round win over La Salle. Prange was efficient in the win, hitting 5-of-11 field goals over 23 minutes off the bench to net her 16 points.
WE MEET AGAIN: GW and George Mason will meet for the third time this season in Friday's quarterfinal matchup. The Colonials have won both meetings this season and the last 12 games in a row over the Patriots.
GW won, 62-52, at the Smith Center on January 7 in a nationally-televised matchup before edging the Patriots, 65-61, at Eagle Bank Arena on February 7.
THE BLUEPRINT: GW's calling card all season has been its relentless defensive pressure, coupled with one of the nation's best ball-protection units. The Colonials are 15-3 this season when holding opponents under 60 points, and 10-1 when the opposition scores less than 50. GW's scoring defense of 58.0 points per game allowed is second in the A-10, behind only Fordham (55.6).
In terms of ball protection, GW boasts top-five national rankings in both fewest overall turnovers (5th, 328) and fewest turnovers per game (4th, 11.3).
THE ROAD AHEAD: The winner of Friday's quarterfinal will meet either No. 1 Dayton or No. 8 Richmond in Saturday's semifinals in a nationally-televised meeting on CBS Sports Network. The tournament bracket and full schedule can be found at Atlantic 10 Championship Central (link).
SERIES HISTORY: GW leads the all-time series, 23-8. The teams have met once before in the A-10 Championship, with the Colonials grabbing a 78-48 win in the quarterfinals in 2016.
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