GW Women's Hoops Visits Virginia Tech on Sunday
Colonials Face Their Former Atlantic 10 Rival for 21st Time
Nov. 24, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team goes for its third straight win when it visits Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off from Cassell Coliseum is set for 3 p.m.
In their first season under rookie head coach Jonathan Tsipis, the Colonials are 3-1 for the first time since the 2007-08 season when they went 27-7 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
GW is coming off a 48-37 win at USC Upstate on Wednesday. Seniors Danni Jackson and Shi-Heria Shipp led GW with 11 points apiece. USC Upstate's 37 points were the fewest by a GW opponent since Saint Louis scored 36 on Feb. 5, 2011. The Colonials used 22 steals to force 33 Spartan turnovers.
GW has emerged as one of the top defenses in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Colonials lead the league in scoring defense (47.8 ppg) and turnovers forced (28.5 tpg) and rank second in steals (14.5 spg) and field goal percentage defense (.315).
Jackson paces the Colonials with 10.3 points per game this season. GW has produced a balanced offensive attack in the first four games with five players averaging at least 7.0 points per outing.
Virginia Tech (1-2) has not played since a 57-29 loss at Michigan State last Sunday. Aerial Wilson scored eight points to lead the Hokies, who shot just 25.6 percent from the floor.
Virginia Tech was picked to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, and junior college transfer Uju Ugoka was named to the Preseason All-Newcomer Team after earning NJCAA First-Team All-America honors at Gulf Coast State.
Alyssa Fenyn leads the Hokies with 8.7 points per game this season, while Taijah Campbell is tops with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
Virginia Tech finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and returns its top four scorers from that squad.
Sunday's game is the 21st all-time meeting between former A-10 rivals GW and Virginia Tech, and the series is tied, 10-10. Last season, the Hokies defeated the Colonials, 55-48, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Jackson led the Colonials with 14 points, while Fenyn posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hokies. Prior to last season, the teams had not met since the 2002 WNIT.