Women's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Slate at Monmouth
Colonials and Hawks meet on Friday at 2 p.m. in West Long Branch, N.J.
TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team will close out its non-conference slate, and at the same time open a three-game stretch away from home, when it visits Monmouth on Friday afternoon. Tipoff from the OceanFirst Bank Center is set for 2 p.m. in a game that will be streamed online by ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT: GW ended a four-game slide with a dominant 61-44 win over visiting American on Sunday afternoon. The victory gave the Colonials a 15-14 lead in the all-time series with their crosstown rival.
SHARP SHOOTERS: GW hit 10 three pointers in the win over American, with a quintet coming courtesy of junior Kelsi Mahoney who finished with a career-high 15 points. It was the third time this season GW has hit double-digit three pointers, with the team registering a season-best .625 percentage from beyond the arc.
BRI ON THE BOARDS: Senior Brianna Cummings, who enters Friday's game averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds over the last five games, was held in check offensively on Sunday, finishing in single digits for just the third time this season (nine points).
However, the senior made her presence felt in a big way on the glass where she tied her career high with 10 boards. It is the third time this season she has hit double-figure rebounds and she enters Friday's game averaging a career-best 6.3 rebounds per game.
AT THE STRIPE: GW continues to make the most of its free-throw opportunities and still leads the Atlantic 10 at the line with an .806 percentage. GW has missed just one foul shot in each of the past four games, going a combined 39-of-43 (.907) in the stretch.
TRENDS: GW has led at halftime and with five minutes remaining in all of its four victories this season. Additionally, GW is undefeated when limiting its opponents to 35 percent shooting or less.
NOTABLE: Mei-Lyn Bautista continues to pace the Atlantic 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.87) ... Cummings' .880 free-throw percentage is second in the conference and amongst the top-30 nationally ... as a team GW leads the A-10 in fewest turnovers (148) and fewest turnovers per game (13.5) while sitting third in turnovers forced (16.6).
SERIES HISTORY: Monmouth leads the all-time series, 6-2, but the teams have not met since the 1985-86 season.
LOOK AHEAD: After Friday's game, the Colonials will break for the holidays before reconvening on campus for practice on Wednesday, December 27. From there, GW opens its Atlantic 10 schedule with a pair of road games - at Fordham (Dec. 31) and VCU (Jan. 3).
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