Women's Hoops Back in Action Against American on Sunday

Dec. 13, 2017

TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will close out the home portion of its non-conference schedule when it hosts American on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.

LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials were last in action on Friday, December 8, but fell at then No. 15/14 Maryland, 80-54. Brianna Cummings (14 points, 5 rebounds), Kendall Bresee (11 points) and Chyna Latimer (10 points) each hit double figures in the loss.

RUNNING THE GAUNTLET: The game against Maryland marked the second ranked opponent in the last three games for GW. It was also the fourth consecutive opponent that had two losses or less at the time of the game. The combined record of GW's opponents this season is 63-27, with the last four opponents (Syracuse, USF, Mercer, Maryland) boasting a 35-6 cumulative record this season.

COUNT ON CUMMINGS: The Colonials have been led throughout the season by senior guard Brianna Cummings, who paces the team with five games as the leading scorer.

In the last four games she is averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, including a pair of double-doubles and a career-high 23 points against USF on December 2. For the season she is averaging 13.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, both career-high marks, while shooting 42 percent from the field.

ROOKIE IMPACT: All three of GW's freshmen players have made an impact on the team this season. Forward Chyna Latimer is coming off her first career start at Maryland where she posted a career-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Her five rebounds in the game was also a career-high.

Forward Neila Luma has started the last nine games and leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 boards per game. She also is averaging 7.0 points and has hit double figures three times thus far.

Guard Lexus Levy has appeared in all 10 games and is providing a spark off the bench to the tune of 5.0 points and 1.5 assists per game. She is also averaging 1.1 three-pointers per game in her reserve role.

PROTECT THE ROCK: GW turns the ball over just 13.4 times per game, which leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks 35th in the NCAA as of Wednesday. The ball security is also evident in GW's assist-to-turnover ratio (1.11, 1st in A-10) and turnover margin (+3.4, 2nd in A-10).

AND TAKE IT AWAY: On the flip side, the Colonials force 16.8 turnovers per contest (3rd in A-10) with 8.3 steals per game (5th in A-10).

SERIES HISTORY: The all-time series between GW and American is tied at 13-13 following the Eagles' overtime win at Bender Arena last December.

The Colonials are 9-2 in games against the Eagles at the Smith Center, and have posted three straight home victories.



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