GW Women's Hoops Opens GSU Invite Against #22/21 Georgia
Colonials Face Third Ranked Opponent in Four Games
Nov. 28, 2013
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (3-1)
ATLANTA - The George Washington women's basketball team takes on its third top-25 opponent in the last four games when it faces No. 22/21 Georgia on Friday on the first day of the Georgia State Invitational. Tipoff at Georgia State Sports Arena is set for 4:15 p.m.
The Colonials, who are 1-1 this season against ranked teams with a win over No. 10/11 California and a loss at No. 8 Maryland, will then face either Jacksonville State or host Georgia State on Sunday, depending on the results of Friday's contests.
GW is 3-1 for the second year in a row following Monday's 83-56 rout of USC Upstate. The Colonials have not been 4-1 since 2007-08 en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Graduate student Danni Jackson scored a season-high 19 points on Monday against the Spartans, including the 1,000th point of her career. Entering the game needing three points for the milestone, she got it out of the way early, draining a three-pointer on her first shot of the contest. Jackson is the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club.
Graduate student Megan Nipe scored in double figures for the fourth straight game with 14 points, while junior Chakecia Miller had 10. In addition, freshman Caira Washington neared her first career double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Nipe is the Atlantic 10's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 19.5 points per game. She is joined in double figures on the year by Jackson (12.5 ppg) and Miller (10.0 ppg). Graduate student Brooke Wilson ranks seventh in the A-10 in rebounding with 8.3 rpg and Washington is 14th with 7.0 rpg to go with 9.0 ppg.
Ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 21st in the USA Today Coaches poll, Georgia is 6-0 and will play away from Stegeman Coliseum for the first time this season. The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a 74-58 win over South Carolina State on Tuesday. Erika Ford scored 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting, while Tiara Griffin neared a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Griffin leads four Lady Bulldogs who are averaging in double figures with 14.0 points per game, followed by Khaalidah Miller with 12.5 ppg. Shacobia Barbee is Georgia's leading rebounder with 8.8 rpg to go with 11.0 ppg. Georgia is averaging 63.2 points per game but has outscored its opponents by more than 16 points per contest, limiting them to just 47.0 ppg.
The Lady Bulldogs, who reached the Elite Eight last season, were picked to finish seventh out of 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference after graduating three seniors who were drafted into the WNBA. Barbee was selected to the Preseason All-SEC second team after earning spots on the SEC All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team last season.
Friday's game marks the third-ever meeting between GW and Georgia, with each of the previous two meetings also occurring on neutral courts. The first matchup between the Colonials and Lady Bulldogs took place in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament, a 74-72 upset for 10th-seeded GW over seventh-seeded Georgia. The teams also met at the 2006 Surf 'N Slam Hoop Classic in San Diego, which the No. 17/16 Colonials won, 66-54, over the No. 11/10 Lady Bulldogs.
Following this weekend's tournament, GW will head back to D.C. for the remainder of 2013, starting with a visit to crosstown rival Georgetown.