GW Women's Hoops Looks to White Out No. 10/11 California on Friday
Colonials Host Golden Bears at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Nov. 14, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team faces its first of back-to-back nationally ranked opponents when it hosts No. 10/11 California on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center. The game will be televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (CSN+), with Byron Kerr and Christy Winters Scott on the call.
Fans are encouraged to wear white attire to the game for Friday's WHITE OUT promotion. Free White Out T-shirts will be given away, and there will be drawings for tickets to the premier of Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
GW (1-0) opened its 39th season of women's basketball with a 101-73 rout of Jackson State on Saturday. The Colonials have not been 2-0 to start a season since 2009-10.
The Colonials used a balanced scoring attack to top 100 points for the first time since 2000 as five players reached double figures - graduate student Megan Nipe (20), freshman Hannah Schaible (16), freshman Shannon Cranshaw (13), freshman Caira Washington (13) and grad student Danni Jackson (12) - and two others - junior Chakecia Miller (8) and grad student Brooke Wilson (8) - finished just a field goal shy.
GW's three rookies had quite the collegiate debut, combining for 42 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Schaible led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds and three helpers, while Cranshaw and Washington tallied 13 points apiece. Cranshaw added a game-high five assists and drained three three-pointers and Washington pulled down eight boards.
In her first official game back since tearing her ACL at Virginia Tech on Nov. 25, 2012, Wilson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points and two steals in 22 minutes. She now has 596 career rebounds, four shy of becoming the 14th Colonial ever with 600 for her career.
After scoring 12 points against Jackson State on Saturday, Jackson is now just 22 points away from becoming the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club. It would mark the third straight season a Colonial has reached the 1,000-point plateau after Tiana Myers in 2011-12 and Tara Booker in 2012-13.
California (1-1) is ranked 10th in the nation by the Associated Press and 11th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. Following a season-opening 70-51 win over Long Beach State, the Golden Bears lost to No. 2 Duke, 70-58, on Sunday. Afure Jemerigbe led Cal with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jemerigbe paces the Golden Bears with 14.5 points per game through two outings, while Reshanda Gray is averaging a near double-double with 10.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
Cal, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four last season, was picked to finish second behind Stanford in the Pac-12 preseason poll. Gennifer Brandon and Brittany Boyd were both named to the Wooden Award Top 30 List and the Wade Trophy Watch List. Boyd is Cal's top returning scorer with 12.5 points per game, while Brandon earned All-America honorable mention last season after averaging 12.3 ppg and 11.1 rpg. Cal's leading scorer in 2012-13, Layshia Clarendon, was selected ninth overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Clarendon averaged 16.4 ppg for the Golden Bears last season.
Friday's game is the third all-time meeting between GW and Cal. The Golden Bears defeated the Colonials, 70-43, last season at Haas Pavilion. The teams' only other previous matchup occurred in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in a game which featured all-time GW greats such as Jessica Adair, Whitney Allen, Kimberly Beck and Sarah-Jo Lawrence. In that contest, the sixth-seeded Colonials upset third-seeded Cal, 55-53, on Lawrence's game-winning putback with 5.7 seconds left to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season and fourth overall.
GW faces its second straight top-10 opponent when it visits No. 8 Maryland for its first road game of the season on Tuesday at 7 p.m.