GW Women's Hoops Faces First Road Test at Rutgers on Wednesday
Colonials and Scarlet Knights Renew 31-Year Rivalry
Nov. 13, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball takes on a familiar foe on Wednesday evening when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., to take on Rutgers for the 40th time. The Colonials and Scarlet Knights tip off from the Rutgers Athletic Center at 7:30 p.m.
GW (1-0) is coming off a convincing 80-47 win over UT Arlington in Friday's season opener, the first career victory for head coach Jonathan Tsipis. The Colonials outscored the Mavericks 53-23 in the second half. Senior Danni Jackson led four Colonials in double figures with 13 points and seven assists. Senior Megan Nipe and sophomore Chakecia Miller scored 12 points apiece, and senior Shi-Heria Shipp tallied 11 points and eight rebounds.
Graduate student Tara Booker picked up her 600th career rebound against the Mavericks, and with nine points she is just 89 shy of 1,000 for her career. She will become just the 10th Colonial ever with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.
Rutgers (0-1), which is receiving votes in both national polls, is coming off a 57-51 loss at No. 10 Georgia on Sunday. Erica Wheeler led the Scarlet Knights with 12 points, while Chelsey Lee added 11 on 5-of-6 shooting and Christa Evans finished with nine points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Rutgers was picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST preseason poll, and senior Monique Oliver earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team after earning All-BIG EAST honorable mention a year ago. Oliver is the Scarlet Knights' top returning scorer, as she averaged 11.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg last season. Rutgers went 22-10 in 2011-12, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th year in a row, but lost its top two scorers, who were both taken in the WNBA draft.
Wednesday's game marks the 40th all-time meeting between former Atlantic 10 rivals GW and Rutgers, with the Scarlet Knights holding a 30-9 series advantage. The teams have met six times in the last five seasons, as Rutgers won five of those contests.
Last season, the No. 11 Scarlet Knights knocked off GW, 75-54, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Booker led the Colonials with 18 points, while Jackson tallied 14 and dished out eight assists. Four Scarlet knights scored in double figures, led by Oliver, who had 23 points and eight rebounds.
Booker has averaged 9.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg in three games against Rutgers, while Jackson has posted 9.5 ppg and 6.0 apg in two contests. In addition, graduate student Sara Mostafa, who scored a career-high 23 points against the Scarlet Knights two seasons ago, has averaged 10.3 ppg in three outings.