GW Women's Hoops Faces First Road Test at #8 Maryland
Colonials Visit Local Rival Terps for First Time Since 2006
Nov. 18, 2013
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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team hits the road for the first time on Tuesday when it visits No. 8 Maryland. Tip-off from Comcast Center is set for 7 p.m.
The Terps represent GW's second straight top-10 opponent following the Colonials' 75-72 victory over then-No. 10/11 California on Friday at the Charles E. Smith Center, their first win over a ranked team since defeating No. 10/8 Cal in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
The only undefeated team remaining in the Atlantic 10, GW (2-0) won its first two games of the year for the first time since 2009-10 and is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Colonials have not started a season with three straight wins since 2007-08 en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Graduate student Megan Nipe scored a career-high 31 points against the Golden Bears on Friday and was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and College Sports Madness High-Major Player of the Week on Monday. She is the first Colonial to top 30 points in a game since Cathy Joens in 2004. Nipe is averaging a league-high 25.5 points per game through the first two games this season.
Graduate student Danni Jackson scored 14 points against Cal, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 3:11 remaining. She is now just eight points shy of becoming the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club.
Freshman Caira Washington (12) and junior Chakecia Miller (10) also reached double figures in scoring against the Golden Bears, while grad student Brooke Wilson pulled down 10 rebounds to surpass 600 for her career. Wilson is averaging 10.5 rpg through two games this season, ranking second in the A-10.
Maryland (2-1) is ranked eighth in the nation in the Associated Press poll. The Terps are coming off a 72-55 loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Friday. Alyssa Thomas posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds and was named ACC Player of the Week. A Preseason All-American and the two-time ACC Player of the Year, Thomas leads Maryland with 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season.
Coming off its fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last five years, Maryland was picked to finish third in the ACC in its final season in the conference before moving to the Big Ten. The Terps return four of five starters from last season's squad.
Tuesday's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between GW and Maryland, and the teams have not faced off since 2006, when the top-ranked Terps, coming off a national title, defeated No. 25 GW, 73-48.
The Colonials return home to host USC Upstate on Monday. GW defeated the Spartans, 48-37, last season in Spartanburg, S.C.