GW Women's Basketball Picked Eighth in A-10 Preseason Poll
Booker, Jackson Tabbed to Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Oct. 24, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The George Washington women's basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic 10 in 2012-13 in a vote of the conference's 16 head coaches, the league announced on Wednesday prior to its annual media teleconference. In addition, graduate student Tara Booker and senior Danni Jackson were named to the Preseason All-Conference Third Team.
Defending A-10 champion Dayton is the preseason favorite to repeat as conference champion, receiving seven first-place votes and 239 points. Richmond was picked to finish second with 207 points and one first-place vote, closely followed by Charlotte (206 points, 1 first-place vote), Duquesne (204 points, 3 first-place votes) and Temple (201 points, 1 first-place vote) in rounding out the top five. Saint Joseph's (195) was picked sixth, while 2012 A-10 regular-season champion and NCAA Sweet 16 participant St. Bonaventure received the final three first-place votes and 172 overall points for seventh.
GW, which will be led by first-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis, received 139 total points for eighth place, followed by La Salle (9th, 114), Xavier (10th, 111) and Fordham (11th, 96). Conference newcomers Butler (80) and VCU (71) were picked 12th and 13th, respectively, while Saint Louis (14th, 64), Massachusetts (15th, 56) and Rhode Island (16th, 21) round out the 16-team poll.
"Despite it being my first year, we have high expectations for this season," said Tsipis. "We have a lot of experienced players back who will help us begin to restore this program to the top of the Atlantic 10."
The Colonials, who tied for 10th in the A-10 last season with a 4-10 league mark, return four starters from the 2011-12 campaign, including Booker and Jackson, who tied for the team lead with 12.0 points per game.
Booker also led GW in rebounding (7.0 rpg), blocks (1.1 bpg), field goal percentage (.429), three-point field goals made (47) and three-point percentage (.353) and ranked second in steals (2.0 spg). The native of Galloway, N.J., ranked among A-10 leaders in most of those categories as well. Booker enters the 2012-13 season sixth all-time at GW with 162 career three-pointers and 13th with 599 career rebounds.
Jackson dished out a team-high 3.0 assists per game a year ago and ranked second on the squad with 30 three-pointers made and third with 46 steals. Her .857 free throw percentage was the fourth-best single-season mark in school history, and she ranked second in the A-10 in that category. Jackson enters the season tied for third all-time at GW with an .815 career free throw percentage while ranking 19th with 219 career assists.
Also returning for GW is graduate student Sara Mostafa, who averaged 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg through the first eight games last year before suffering a season-ending injury, and sophomore Chakecia Miller, who started the final 12 games of the season and ranked third in the A-10 with 2.9 steals per game as a rookie in 2011-12.
GW hosts Wingate in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Charles E. Smith Center ahead of its season opener against UT Arlington at home on Friday, Nov. 9.