GW Women's Basketball Hosts Wingate in Sunday Exhibition
Colonials Host Bulldogs in Preseason Tune-Up Before Nov. 9 Opener Versus UT Arlington
Nov. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team will host an exhibition game against Wingate University on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center. Fans who attend the GW volleyball Senior Day match versus Rhode Island at 1:00 p.m. will receive free admission to the women's basketball contest.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis, GW returns four starters and eight letterwinners from its 2011-12 squad which posted an 11-18 overall record and a 4-10 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Colonials, who tied for 10th in the A-10 last season, were predicted to finish eighth in the league's preseason poll.
Among those eight returning players are three fifth-year seniors - graduate students Tara Booker, Sara Mostafa and Brooke Wilson - and three traditional seniors - Danni Jackson, Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp.
Booker and Jackson were both named to the Preseason All-Conference Third Team after tying for the team lead with 12.0 points per game a year ago. Booker also led the Colonials in most other categories, including rebounding (7.0 rpg), field goal percentage (.429) and three-point percentage (.353), and she enters her final campaign sixth all-time at GW with 162 three-pointers and is just 98 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Jackson dished out a team-high 3.0 assists last season, and her .857 free throw percentage was the fourth-best single-season mark in school history.
The 6-foot-5 Mostafa averaged 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg through the first eight games last season before suffering a season-ending injury, but she is healthy and ready to once again control the paint for the Colonials along with Wilson, who started all but one contest last season and averaged 6.8 rpg. Also returning for GW is 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.
Wingate, which competes in NCAA Division II, returns 13 players from its 2011-12 squad which went 24-8 overall, won the South Atlantic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. The preseason SAC favorites will be led by Janitsha Williams, who averaged 9.9 ppg last season and led the Bulldogs with 32 three-pointers.
The Colonials open the 2012-13 regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, when they welcome UT Arlington to the Smith Center for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The contest will mark the Colonials' season debut on GW All-Access, as the live video stream will not be availaable for Sunday's exhibition.