GW Women's Basketball Hosts UDC for Tuesday Exhibition
Colonials Face Firebirds in Exhibition Before Opening Season at UT Arlington, Nov. 13
Nov. 7, 2011
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team will host an exhibition against the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) at Charles E. Smith Center, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Colonials return four starters while welcoming three newcomers to the roster in addition to two new assistant coaches surrounding fourth-year head coach Mike Bozeman. GW, which has battled a multitude of injuries the past two seasons, finally appears to have a healthy roster as it begins the 2011-12 campaign. The Colonials were predicted to finish in ninth place in the Atlantic 10 in 2011-12 following an 8-21 season with a 3-11 mark in the conference in 2010-11.
Junior Danni Jackson returns as the Colonials' leading scorer after averaging 10.4 points last year. Jackson is expected to open the season as the Colonials shooting guard after directing the offensive from the point in her sophomore season.
Jackson is joined by the senior trio of Tiana Myers (9.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg in 2010-11), Tara Booker (9.3 ppg, 34% 3FG) and Sara Mostafa. Booker enters her final season in eighth place on GW's career three-point field goals list, making 115 so far in her three seasons. Myers, who has scored 838 points in 86 career games, is closing in on becoming the 26th Colonial player to reach 1,000 career points.
Mostafa will anchor the Colonials in the post after averaging 8.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in 29 games last year. She scored a career-high 23 points against Rutgers on 11-of-17 shooting on Jan. 3 and could potentially evolve into one of the top centers in the conference in her final season.
Providing defensive pressure and rebounding prowess off the bench is redshirt junior Brooke Wilson, who led all reserves with 4.8 rebounds per game in 2010-11. The Greenbelt, Md., native added 5.8 points per contest in 29 appearances and can cause matchup problems for the opposition at both ends of the floor.
UDC, which competes in NCAA Division II, returns 10 players from last year's team that went 19-9. The Firebirds will begin their inaugural season in the East Coast Conference (ECC) this season and are led by seniors Jamilia Bonner and Jasmine Rich. Bonner returns as the top returning scorer from last season after averaging 12.7 points per game. Rich is one of the top point guards in Division II after ranking 13th in the nation with 5.3 assists per game.
The Colonials open the 2011-12 regular season on the road this Sunday against UT Arlington. First tip from Texas Hall is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.
GW returns to the Charles E. Smith Center for its home opener against Morgan State, on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.