GW Women's Hoops Looks to Buff Out Georgetown in Televised District Showdown on Saturday
Nov. 30, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team returns to the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon to host District rival Georgetown for a 4 p.m. tipoff. The game will be televised regionally on CSN Plus, with Byron Kerr and Christy Winters Scott on the call.
Fans are encouraged to wear BUFF attire to the game for Saturday's BUFF OUT promotion, and the first 500 GW students will receive free BUFF T-shirts.
GW is 4-2 for the first time since 2008-09. The Colonials have not been 5-2 or better through seven games since the 2007-08 campaign, when they started the season 6-1 en route to a 27-7 record and the NCAA Sweet 16.
GW is coming off a 75-40 rout of Morgan State on Wednesday, its second road win of the season. Senior Megan Nipe led all scorers with 14 points, while senior Danni Jackson tallied 11 points, seven assists and four steals and graduate student Sara Mostafa pulled down 10 rebounds to go with eight points and four blocked shots. GW built a 30-point halftime advantage, 44-14, and finished at a season-high 48.3 percent shooting while holding the Lady Bears to just 25.6 percent from the field.
GW ranks at or near the top of the Atlantic 10 in most defensive categories, including scoring defense (1st, 46.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (1st, .319), three-point percentage defense (1st, .176), blocked shots (1st, 5.7 bpg), turnovers forced (1st, 26.2 tpg) and steals (2nd, 13.0 spg).
Nipe paces the Colonials with 10.0 points per game. GW has produced a balanced offensive attack this season, with five players averaging at least 6.5 ppg.
Georgetown (5-2) is coming off a 69-61 comeback victory over La Salle on Wednesday. The Hoyas outscored the Explorers, 45-25, in the second half to rally from a 12-point halftime deficit. Sugar Rodgers posted a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds.
Rodgers leads the BIG EAST and ranks eighth in the NCAA in scoring at 23.7 ppg. She is also Georgetown's top rebounder at 8.0 rpg, and she ranks second in the conference with 3.4 steals per game while leading the league with 3.3 three-pointers per contests, which ranks eighth nationally. Rodgers is a three-time Honorable Mention All-American who was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST preseason all-conference team in 2012. She has been named to the Naismith Early Season Watch List and the Wade Watch List, and she is a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
In its first season under rookie head coach Keith Brown, Georgetown was picked to finish eighth in the BIG EAST preseason poll after finishing fourth last season and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, its third straight tournament berth.
Saturday's game is the 22nd all-time meeting between GW and Georgetown since 1976, and the Colonials lead the series, 17-14. Last season, the host Hoyas defeated the Colonials, 59-50. Jackson and Tara Booker led GW with 10 points apiece, while Rodgers scored a game-high 18 points to pace Georgetown. The Hoyas have not visited the Smith Center since 2003, as last season's match-up was the first between the District rivals since 2004.
After Saturday's game, the Colonials have a week off before heading across town to visit another District foe, American University, on Saturday, Dec. 8. GW will take on four schools in the Washington, D.C.-Metro region in a five-game stretch this month, including Georgetown, AU, Howard (Dec. 15) and George Mason (Dec. 22).