GW Women's Hoops Tips Off 2013-14 Campaign on Saturday Against Jackson State
Colonials Host Tigers in First-Ever Meeting
Nov. 8, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - George Washington begins its 39th season of women's basketball and its second under Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis on Saturday afternoon when Jackson State visits the Charles E. Smith Center at 7 p.m.
GW is 22-16 all-time in season openers, including 15-2 when beginning the season at the Smith Center, and the Colonials are 6-1 in their last seven openers. GW routed UT Arlington, 80-47, at home in last year's opener behind double-figure scoring from four players, including 13 from Danni Jackson.
Graduate student Megan Nipe scored 29 points and freshman Hannah Schaible added 18 in GW's 86-54 exhibition win over Division II Young Harris on Sunday. Jackson, a graduate student, tallied 11 points and eight assists, and freshman Caira Washington pulled down 16 rebounds in the contest.
Jackson was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Third Team after leading the Colonials in scoring with 10.1 points per game a year ago. In addition, junior Chakecia Miller, who ranked third in the conference in steals (2.9 spg) last season, was tabbed to the league's Preseason All-Defensive Team.
Jackson and Miller are among a group of nine returning players from last season's squad, which finished 14-16 and won a game in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2008. In addition, the Colonials welcome three freshmen to Foggy Bottom in Florida natives Schaible and Shannon Cranshaw and local product Washington.
Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between GW and Jackson State and is also the first contest for the Colonials against any of the current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Jackson State is coming off a 12-16 campaign in 2012-13 in which it finished fifth in the SWAC with a 9-9 conference record. The Tigers were picked eighth in the 2013 SWAC preseason poll, and forward Ayanna Hardy-Fuller was selected to the Preseason All-SWAC second team. She averaged 9.1 points per game last season and led the league in field goal percentage (.541). The Tigers return seven letterwinners from last season and add three junior college transfers and four freshmen to their lineup.