GW Women's Hoops Hosts Saint Louis for Senior Day on Sunday
March 2, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (12-15, 6-7 A-10)
WASHINGTON: The George Washington women's basketball team concludes the regular season with a key match-up against Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off from the Charles E. Smith Center is set for 2 p.m.
GW (12-15, 6-7 A-10) is tied with Richmond and Xavier for seventh place in the Atlantic 10 standings, one game ahead of Saint Louis and Temple (5-8). The Colonials can finish anywhere from seventh to 11th place and will look to get the upper hand on the Billikens for A-10 Championship seeding.
The Colonials will learn their seeding and opponent for Thursday's Atlantic 10 Championship first round following the conclusion of Sunday's games.
GW was edged at Xavier on Wednesday, 65-62. Senior Danni Jackson led the Colonials with 18 points on 4-of-6 from three-point range and five assists. Senior Megan Nipe tallied 15 points and classmate Shi-Heria Shipp added 10 points, six boards and three steals. Booker pulled down a game-high 11 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 Jackson with 9.9 ppg. In Atlantic 10 play, all five starters are averaging better than 9.0 points per game, with three in double figures, led by Jackson with 10.4 ppg.
Saint Louis (11-17, 5-8 A-10) has dropped five of its last six games following a 71-61 loss to No. 12 Dayton in its home finale on Thursday. Lorreal Jones posted her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and Courtney Webb scored a team-best 16 points.
Jones paces Saint Louis with 11.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, ranking sixth in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding and eighth in field goal percentage (.453). Jacy Bradley is averaging 10.5 points per game and ranks fourth in the A-10 with 4.8 assists per contest. Webb is the Billikens' top three-point threat, shooting 34.6 percent from long distance.
As a team, Saint Louis ranks near the bottom of the Atlantic 10 in scoring, averaging just 54.6 points per game. Though they allow just 57.9 points per contest, the Billikens rank 15th in field goal percentage defense as opponents are shooting 40.6 percent from the floor. SLU leads the league in rebounding defense, allowing just 32.9 boards per contest.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Lisa Stone, Saint Louis was picked to finish 14th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll but is tied with Temple for 10th place, one game ahead of La Salle (4-9).
GW is 6-1 all-time against Saint Louis, which joined the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06. Booker is averaging 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in three career contests against the Billikens, whose lone win in the series occurred at the Smith Center in 2010. In addition, Jackson has recorded 13.0 points and 3.5 assists per game in two career contests against Saint Louis.
Last season, GW defeated the SLU, 68-58, at the Smith Center. Tiana Myers tallied 24 points, including 20 in the first half alone, while Booker and Jackson scored 15 points apiece. Booker added nine rebounds and five blocks and Jackson dished out four assists. Courtney Webb led the Billikens with 14 points off the bench, while Mallory Eggert and Desirae Ball tallied 12 points each.