GW Ends Record Homestand With Loyola (MD) Saturday
GW (6-4) vs. Loyola (MD) (7-4)
Dec. 26, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington wraps its program-record seven-game homestand at 2:00 pm Saturday afternoon against Loyola (MD). The Colonials have won all 11 meetings against the Greyhounds, including six matchups at Smith Center, but have not faced each other since the 1992-93 season. The series dates back to the 1979-80 campaign, GW's fifth as a varsity women's basketball program.
Senior Yolanda Lavender had 12 points, six assists and career-high tying three steals in her Colonials' debut as GW closed strong to defeat Princeton, 77-56, Dec. 21. Senior center Jessica Adair hit 8-of-9 field goals to match a season-high 18 points and senior Antelia Parrish added 15 points and six assists. Freshman Sara Mostafa had her best game of the season, posting 10 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action off the bench. Behind Parrish and Lavender's leadership, the Colonials posted a season-low 12 turnovers, while their 19 assists were the second-most this season.
Lavender, who had practiced with the team since enrolling at GW last year, was an honorable mention All-ACC selection after averaging 17.0 points for Wake Forest during the 2006-07 season.
Following Saturday's game against Loyola, GW will go on the road for the first time in 36 days to face nationally ranked Rutgers for the third time in just over a calendar year.
GW is in the midst of seven-game swing in which it will face four ranked opponents, potentially including three Top 10 programs. The Colonials have already posted rallying losses against No. 7/9 Tennessee and No. 10/10 Auburn, and will travel to face No. 14/13 Rutgers and No. 4/3 Texas A&M after concluding their seven-game homestand with Loyola (MD). It could mark the fourth time in program history the Colonials have faced three Top 10 teams during the regular season (2006-07, 1994-95, 1990-91).
GW is 21-4 all-time against current members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), highlighted by its 11-0 mark against Loyola (MD). GW has only lost to MAAC-members Manhattan (2x), Rider and St. Peter's, with its last lost against the league coming at Rider Jan. 22, 1983. (Fairfield - 1-0; Iona - 3-0; Loyola (MD) - 11-0; Manhattan - 2-2; Rider - 1-1; St. Peter's - 2-1; Siena - 1-0).
Loyola (7-4) snapped a two-game slide with an 80-76 victory at Baltimore-area rival UMBC last Sunday. Five players reached double-digits, led by senior Ashley Alexander's 22 points in 22 minutes off the bench. The Greyhounds shots nearly 61 percent in the first half en route to a 45-36 lead it wouldn't relinquish against the Retrievers, offsetting 33 points from UMBC guard Carlee Cassidy and a 44-29 rebounding deficit.
Loyola won six of its first eight games, but had dropped consecutive home games to No. 15/16 Maryland (82-53) and La Salle (75-63) before topping UMBC last weekend. The Greyhounds won a combined 38 games between 2005 and 2007, highlighted by an appearance in the MAAC Championship title game in 2006, but faded to 13-17 overall in 2007-08.