GW Women's Hoops Returns to Action with a Visit to William & Mary on Wednesday
Colonials Look to Snap Three-Game Slide
Dec. 27, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team plays its second consecutive CAA opponent and third of the season with a visit to William & Mary on Wednesday evening. Tip-off from Kaplan Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.
GW (5-6) erased a 16-point second-half deficit to trail by one with 1:53 left on Thursday at George Mason but could not complete the comeback, falling 58-55. GW has now lost three in a row after a four-game win streak.
The Colonials shot a season-low 28 percent (18-of-64) from the field and were outrebounded, 58-41, but still held advantages in points in the paint (22-20), points off turnovers (16-10), fast-break points (16-3) and bench points (11-2).
Freshman guard Chakecia Miller was in the starting lineup for the first time in her career and posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 steals in 37 minutes, all season-highs. She is the first Colonial to record more than 10 steals since Laurie Cann had 12 in a 69-61 victory over Towson in Feb. 1978.
Miller, who ranks second in the A-10 with 2.9 steals per game, is a candidate for Performer of the Week at PickinSplinters.com.
During their three-game slide, the Colonials are shooting just 33-percent from the field and 18-percent from beyond the arc, yet rank first and second in the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage defense (34%) and three-point field-goal defense, respectively.
Additionally, GW ranks second in steals (11.2) and third in scoring defense (55.6) and turnover margin (+3.5).
The Colonials have held their last eight of their last nine opponents under 60 points while forcing 18.7 turnovers per game.
William and Mary (6-3) has won two of its last three games with victories over Seton Hall (61-54, Dec. 21) and North Carolina A&T (74-68, Dec. 15). Four players average double-figures for the Tribe led by Jannie Aldridge (13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds) and Emily Correal (12.5 points, 9.1 rebounds). Taysha Pye and Jaclyn McKenna both average 12.1 points apiece.
The Colonials lead the all-time series against William and Mary, 6-1. GW has won six straight but the teams have not met since Nov. 19, 1999, a 69-48 GW victory at Smith Center. The Colonials average margin of victory against W&M is 27.3 points.