GW Women's Hoops Hosts USC Upstate on Monday
Colonials Look to Stay Perfect at Home
Nov. 24, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (2-1)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team returns to the Charles E. Smith Center on Monday for a non-conference matchup against USC Upstate. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
GW is 2-1 for the second year in a row following Tuesday's loss to No. 8 Maryland. Last season, the Colonials defeated USC Upstate, 48-37, in the fourth game of the season to improve to 3-1 for the first time since 2007-08, a season in which they started 4-0 en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Coming off her career 31-point night against No. 10/11 California, graduate student Megan Nipe reached double figures for the third straight game to start the season with 13 points at Maryland. Junior Chakecia Miller also scored in double digits against the Terps, tallying a season-high 12 points.
Nipe is averaging a league-high 21.3 points per game through the first three games this season. Graduate student Danni Jackson (10.3 ppg) and Miller (10.0 ppg) are also averaging in double figures, while freshman Caira Washington has scored 9.0 ppg.
Jackson is now just three points shy of becoming the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club. It would mark the third straight season a Colonial has reached 1,000 points after Tiana Myers in 2011-12 and Tara Booker in 2012-13.
GW received votes in last week's Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since the second week of the 2008-09 campaign.
USC Upstate is 3-3 on the season following a 58-57 win over South Carolina State on Tuesday, which snapped a three-game skid. Center Brittany Starling posted a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Spartans.
Sharmayn Edwards is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game to lead Upstate this season, while Starling follows closely with 12.3 ppg on 55.8 percent shooting to go with a team-best 7.0 rebounds per contest. She ranks fourth in the Atlantic Sun in field goal percentage. Upstate has averaged 66.7 points per game on the year, fourth-most in the A-Sun, but has been outscored by 8.2 ppg. The Spartans also lead the league in steals with 10.0 per contest.
USC Upstate was picked to finish eighth out of 10 teams in the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches' poll after posting a 12-18 overall record in 2012-13. Starling was tabbed to the A-Sun preseason all-conference team after earning a spot on the All-Freshman Team last season when she led the league with a .531 shooting percentage while averaging 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Monday's game marks just the second-ever meeting between GW and USC Upstate. The teams met for the first time last season in Spartanburg, S.C., a 48-37 victory for the Colonials the night before Thanksgiving. The Spartans' 37 points were the fewest GW allowed all season. Jackson led GW with 11 points, six assists and six steals.
The Colonials next head to Atlanta for the Georgia State Invitational, where they will face No. 21/23 Georgia on Friday. Depending on the first day's results, GW will also take on the host Panthers or Jacksonville State on Sunday.