GW Women's Hoops Makes Short Trip to American on Saturday
Dec. 7, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (4-3)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team makes the short trip to District rival American on Saturday afternoon to take on the Eagles at 2 p.m. at Bender Arena.
GW (4-3) has not played since a 70-54 loss to Georgetown last Saturday. Graduate student Tara Booker posted her second 20-point performance of the season, matching her career-high with six three-pointers. Senior Megan Nipe was the only other Colonials player in double figures with 11 points, while senior Danni Jackson and sophomore Chakecia Miller combined for 13 points and 14 assists.
GW has produced a balanced offensive attack this season, with five players averaging at least 6.5 ppg, including three at more than 9.0 ppg, while Nipe paces the Colonials with 10.1 points per game.
American (3-4) is coming off a 70-54 win over Coppin State on Wednesday, just its second home game of the season. Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with a game-high 16 points.
Jen Dumiak leads the Patriot League with 16.9 points per game, and she is second in field goal percentage (.506) and three-point percentage (.444).
Saturday's game will pit one of the Atlantic 10's best defenses against one of the Patriot League's top offenses. GW ranks at or near the top of the A-10 in most defensive categories, including turnovers forced (1st, 26.0 tpg), scoring defense (2nd, 50.1 ppg), three-point percentage defense (2nd, .194), steals (2nd, 13.1 spg), blocked shots (T-2nd, 5.4 bpg) and field goal percentage defense (3rd, .342).
Meanwhile, AU boasts the second-best offense in the Patriot League, averaging 63.4 points per game with a .411 shooting percentage. In addition, the Eagles are proficient from long distance, averaging more than six three-pointers per game and shooting nearly 35 percent from beyond the arc. The Eagles, however, rank second-to-last in scoring defense (65.0 ppg) and field goal defense (.440) and are last in rebounding (33.7 rpg), with no player averaging more than 3.9 rebounds per contest.
Saturday's game will be the 22nd all-time meeting between GW and American since 1977, and the Eagles hold a slight 11-10 edge in the series. The crosstown rivals have met in each of the last two seasons, but prior to 2010-11 they had not faced off since 1998. Booker is averaging 14.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg while shooting 50 percent from the field in two career contests against AU.
Last season, the host Colonials defeated the Eagles, 60-49, at the Smith Center. Booker and Nipe each scored 18 points to lead GW, and Booker added a game-high eight rebounds. Sarah Kiely and Ti'Asia McGeorge led American with 14 points apiece.
Following Saturday's game, Auburn visits the Smith Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to kick off a three-game home stand that also includes District rival Howard (Dec. 15) and George Mason (Dec. 22).