Women's Basketball Begins 2017-18 Campaign on Friday at Princeton
Colonials set for year two under head coach Jennifer Rizzotti
TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will tip off its 43rd season of competition on Friday night with a visit to Princeton University. Tipoff from Jadwin Gymnasium is set for 6:30 p.m.
Less than 48 hours later the Colonials will welcome South Dakota State to the Charles E. Smith Center for their home opener. Tipoff on Sunday is set for 2:00 p.m.
MEET THE TEAM: Following Sunday's home opener the Colonials will host a Meet the Team event inside the Colonials Club at the Smith Center. If interested in attending, please RSVP ahead of time.
REWIND: GW is coming off the 21st 20-win season in program history last year in its first season under head coach Jennifer Rizzotti. The Colonials finished with a 20-10 record and a 13-3 mark in the Atlantic 10 to earn a share of the regular season championship. It marked the third consecutive season with at least a share of the regular season title and the 16th time in program history the Colonials have accomplished the feat.
GW also made its 22nd postseason of the last 27 seasons with an appearance in the WNIT.
OLD & NEW FACES: Six newcomers join six returning letterwinners on the roster for this season. Seniors Brianna Cummings, Kelli Prange and Camila Tapias are joined by juniors Mei-Lyn Bautista and Kelsi Mahoney and sophomore Kendall Bresee to provide a solid core of experienced players.
A pair of transfers in Olivia Gumbs (Lafayatte) and Sarah Overcash (Illinois) round out the roster. Overcash will sit out this season per NCAA requirements and have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2018-19.
HOME SWEET HOME: When GW makes its home debut on Sunday against South Dakota State it will be with one of the finest home-court advantages in the nation.
GW has won 36 of its last 41 games played at the Charles E. Smith Center since November 24, 2014. The Colonials are also 58-13 (.817) at home since the beginning of the 2012-13 season including 11-3 last season, 12-2 in 2015-16, 14-1 in 2014-15 and 15-3 in 2013-14.
PRESEASON PICKS: The Colonials were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches Poll while Cummings earned a spot on the Preseason All-Defensive Team.
THE ROAD AHEAD: GW will face 12 postseason teams from a year ago, including five games against teams that played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Syracuse (Nov. 25), USF (Dec. 2), Maryland (Dec. 8) and Dayton (Jan. 21/Feb. 11).
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