Women's Hoops Wraps Road Swing at #15/14 Maryland on Friday
Colonials aim for upset prior to breaking for final exams
TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will conclude a challenging stretch of games on Friday night when it visits nationally-ranked No. 15/14 Maryland at the Xfinity Center. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be streamed on the Big Ten Network Plus.
RUNNING THE GAUNTLET: GW's non-conference schedule has been challenging, especially over the past two weeks. The combined record of GW's last three opponents - Syracuse, USF and Mercer - is 23-3 as of December 7.
The Colonials also have faced mid-major power South Dakota State, power-conference opponents Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, along with Ivy League mainstay Princeton.
LAST TIME OUT: GW followed one of its finest efforts of the season against then-No. 17 USF with its lowest shooting percentage thus far in a 61-44 loss on Wednesday night at Mercer.
The Colonials struggled from the field, shooting 15-of-57 (26 percent) including 4-of-22 from beyond the arc.
Senior Brianna Cummings was a bright spot in the game as she double-doubled in her homecoming to the state of Georgia. She scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high tying 10 rebounds.
HITTING THE FREEBIES: The Colonials connected on 9-of-10 shots from the free-throw line on Wednesday, including a perfect 5-for-5 effort from Cummings, to raise their season average to 78.9 percent. The average leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks fifth in the NCAA.
Cummings (33-of-39) and senior Kelli Prange (20-of-23) are GW's most reliable shooters at the line while freshmen Neila Luma (14-of-20) and Lexus Levy (9-of-10), along with senior Taylor Campbell (11-of-12), have all contributed to the effort.
RANKED OPPONENTS: GW has 28 wins in program history against ranked opponents but is 0-3 in games against Maryland when the Terrapins are ranked.
The Colonials boast three all-time road victories against ranked opponents: #17 Temple (55-50 on 2/24/06), #18 Auburn (68-66 on 1/3/08) and #25 Duquesne (70-52 on 1/17/16).
SERIES HISTORY: Friday marks the seventh all-time meeting between the local opponents. Maryland leads the series, 5-1, including a perfect 4-0 mark in College Park. GW's win came on January 12, 1994 at the Smith Center.
LOOK AHEAD: After Friday's game, the Colonials will be idle from competition for nine days for final exams. The team will then wrap its non-conference schedule with a home game against American (Dec. 17, 2 p.m.) and a visit to Monmouth (Dec. 22, 2 p.m.).
GW opens its Atlantic 10 schedule with a pair of road games at Fordham (Dec. 31, 2 p.m.) and VCU (Jan. 3, 6 p.m.).
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