GW Women's Hoops Opens Three-Game Homestand on Wednesday Against Auburn
Colonials and Tigers to Meet for Eighth Time in Seven Years
Dec. 11, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (4-4)
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team welcomes a familiar foe to the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday evening to kick off a three-game homestand, as the Colonials will face Auburn for the eighth time in the last seven years. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
GW (4-4) is coming off a heartbreaking 57-54 loss at District rival American on Saturday. Trailing by eight in the first half, the Colonials rallied to take a seven-point lead midway through the second but could not hold on. Senior Megan Nipe led GW with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Nipe paces the Colonials with 10.6 points per game this season, leading a balanced offensive attack in which three players are averaging better than 9.0 ppg. Defensively, senior Danni Jackson (3.4 spg) and sophomore Chakecia Miller (2.4 spg) rank second and fourth, respectively, in the Atlantic 10 in steals, and GW ranks second as a team with 12.9 steals per contest. Moreover, the Colonials rank ninth in the nation in three-point percentage defense, holding opponents to just a .207 clip from beyond the arc.
With 978 career points, graduate student Tara Booker is just 22 shy of becoming the 27th member of GW's 1,000-point club. She will be the fourth active player with 1,000 points in the A-10 and the third to reach the milestone this season. In addition, Booker will be just the 10th Colonial ever to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.
Auburn (6-2) is coming off a 68-58 victory over Hofstra on Sunday, its third straight win and fifth in the last six games. Center Peyton Davis posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Tyrese Tanner also tallied 13 points, as four Tigers scored in double figures.
The Tigers are coached by former Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who is in her first season at Auburn following eight years with the Hoyas. Williams-Flournoy coached Georgetown to a 1-1 record against GW, but she has never visited the Smith Center.
Auburn is averaging 72.8 points per game and outscores its opponents by nearly 14 points per contest, including a 24.3 ppg margin in its six victories. In addition, the Tigers shoot 43.8 percent from the field.
Three Tigers are averaging in double figures, led by Hasina Muhammad, who is the Southeastern Conference's third-leading scorer at 15.9 ppg. Najat Ouardad leads the league in assists (5.8 apg), and Davis is Auburn's top rebounder at 6.3 rpg.
Wednesday's game is the eighth all-time meeting between GW and Auburn since 2006, and the Tigers hold a slight 4-3 edge in the series. The teams have met during the regular season for seven straight years, and the squads also faced off in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Last season, the host Tigers defeated the Colonials, 55-47, at Auburn Arena. GW led by seven at halftime but was outscored, 36-21, in the second half. Sara Mostafa led the Colonials with 13 points, while Jackson added 12.
Following Wednesday's contest, GW continues its three-game homestand against a pair of local rivals in Howard (Dec. 15) and George Mason (Dec. 22) before traveling to California to take on Cal-Berkeley (Dec. 28) and Saint Mary's (Dec. 30) to close out 2012.