No. 16/15 GW Looks To End James Madison's Home Streak
No. 16/15 GW (5-1) at James Madison (4-0)
Nov. 26, 2007
HARRISONBURG, VA - The No. 16/15 George Washington women's basketball team will look to put an end to James Madison's 28-game home streak - the longest in the nation - when it visits the JMU Convocation Center Tuesday night.
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No. 16/15 GW (5-1), which had its own 15-game home-court winning streak snapped by No. 6/7 Rutgers on Nov. 18, posted a come-from-behind 68-56 victory over the Dukes at Smith Center on Nov. 25 last year. Five players reached double-figures, highlighted by Jessica Adair's 16-point, 14-rebound double-double, as GW erased a 16-point first-half deficit. Later last year, No. 8 GW snapped Charlotte's school-record 22-game home winning streak with a 64-59 victory at Hatton Arena on Feb. 15.
The Colonials celebrated the holiday in the District by hosting the GW Thanksgiving Classic, a reincarnation of the former GW Invitational hosted from 1981-86 and 1993-95. Led by tournament MVP Kimberly Beck, All-Tourney selection Jessica Adair and senior Sarah-Jo Lawrence, GW was the only team to win both its games, defeating South Dakota State (65-60) and Western Kentucky (80-63). Beck earned A-10 Player of the Week honors in averaging 17 points, 11 assists and five steals at the event, followed by Adair's 20.5 points and 9.5 boards. Lawrence went over 1,000 career points in scoring 16 against the Lady Toppers on Nov. 24.
Senior Whitney Allen and junior Antelia Parrish - GW's starting forwards - are questionable for Tuesday's game versus JMU after both sat out games at the GW Thanksgiving Classic last weekend. Parrish suffered a sprained left ankle against South Dakota State on Friday and missed Saturday's game versus WKU. Allen has missed the last two games to rehab a broken left ring finger suffered in practice prior to the season.
GW got a season-high 14 points from its bench in Saturday's win over Western Kentucky. Sophomore Stefani Munro hit a three-pointer in her first career start, while junior Jazmine Adair had six points and four boards in her first start of the season. Junior Jamila Bates had five points and career-high nine boards off the bench, rookie Erica Rivera added a career-best five points and senior Lora Mitchell converted her second and third career field goals for four points.
James Madison owns the longest home-court winning streak in the nation at 28 games, including a season-opening victory against Harvard and an 11-point triumph over Wake Forest in their last outing Nov. 18. The Demon Deacons then went on to knock off No. 11/10 Texas A&M en route to a division title at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Dukes peaked at No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 last season, but lost three of its final six games, including losses in the CAA Tournament title game (Old Dominion) and NCAA Tournament first round (Pittsburgh). Senior Tamera Young, the preseason CAA Player of the Year, paces the Dukes with 20.0 points per game, highlighted by a 30-point effort in their season-opening victory against Harvard.