GW Women's Hoops Begins Three-Game Road Swing on Wednesday at USC Upstate
Colonials and Spartans Face Off for First Time Ever
Nov. 20, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team embarks on a three-game road trip on Wednesday, Nov. 21, when it makes its first-ever visit to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on the USC Upstate Spartans. Tip-off from G.B. Hodge Center is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
In its first season under rookie head coach Jonathan Tsipis, GW is 2-1 for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. The Colonials have not been 3-1 since 2007-08, when they started the season 4-0 en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.
The Colonials are coming off a 58-51 win over William & Mary on Sunday. Graduate student Tara Booker scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and she added seven rebounds. GW held the Tribe to just 26.8 percent from the floor, the second time in three games this season the Colonials' opponent has shot less than 30 percent. GW ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage defense (.302).
Booker paces the Colonials with 11.7 points per game this season. GW has produced a balanced offensive attack in the first three games, as three players are averaging in double figures and five are averaging at least 7.0 ppg. Similarly, four players are averaging at least 6.0 rebounds per game, led by graduate student Sara Mostafa at 6.7 rpg.
USC Upstate (2-3), which opened the season with four straight road games, including a pair of nationally ranked opponents in No. 21 Purdue and No. 14 West Virginia, is coming off an 83-26 rout of NAIA opponent St. Andrews on Monday. Tee'Ara Copney led the Spartans with 19 points, and Tweety Hawkins added 13 off the bench. Copney leads the Spartans with 12.0 ppg this season, while Shelby Hicks is the top rebounder at 5.8 rpg.
USC Upstate was picked to finish seventh out of 10 teams in the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches and media polls, and Copney earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team. She averaged 15.7 ppg last season, ranking third in the league en route to first-team all-conference honors. The Spartans finished last season with a 9-21 overall record and return six letterwinners from that squad while welcoming seven newcomers, including four freshmen and a trio of junior college transfers.
Wednesday's game marks the first-ever meeting between GW and USC Upstate, and the Spartans are just the Colonials' second-ever opponent from the Atlantic Sun, as they faced Florida Gulf Coast in the 2009 WNIT.