Women's Basketball Set to Ring in 2018 at Fordham on Sunday

Dec. 28, 2017

TIPPING OFF: The George Washington women's basketball team is aiming to ring in 2018 with a win in its Atlantic 10 opener on Sunday when it faces Fordham at Rose Hill Gymnasium in a New Years Eve matinee at 2:00 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials picked up their second consecutive victory in the non-conference finale, handling Monmouth, 59-45, in a dominant defensive effort. GW limited the Hawks to just 34 percent shooting from the field while forcing 20 turnovers with nine steals.

On the offensive side, both Brianna Cummings (12 points) and Mei-Lyn Bautista (10 points) finished in double figures in a balanced effort that saw all eight players in action tally points. Six of the eight finished with at least six points in the win.

TOUGHEN UP: GW's non-conference schedule was the third-toughest in the Atlantic 10, ranking 99th overall in The Jeff Sagarin/CBN Ratings. GW finished the non-conference slate with a 5-7 record, with four games against teams ranked, or receiving votes, in the national polls at the time of the game. The difficult slate included narrow losses to Syracuse and South Florida and victories over Towson, Georgetown, Wisconsin, American and Monmouth.

REWIND: GW has won three consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season championships and aims to make it four in a row this winter. Last year the Colonials finished 13-3 in the conference to earn a share of the regular-season title.

GW has strung together conference titles multiple times throughout its 42 seasons of competition. The Colonials won at least a share of regular-season crowns for five straight seasons from 1993-98 and then seven in a row from 2002-08. In total, GW has won 16 regular-season titles.

DON'T GIVE, DO TAKE: Ball security and the ability to generate turnovers has been GW's calling card so far this season. Entering the conference schedule, the Colonials continue to lead the conference in fewest turnovers (155), fewest turnovers per game (12.9) and turnover margin (+4.0). On the other end, GW ranks fourth in the A-10 in turnovers forced (16.9), sixth in steals (97) and fifth in steals per game (8.1).

ALL HANDS ON DECK: A number of players have seen expanded offensive roles in Kelli Prange's absence (concussion). Cummings is averaging career-best marks of 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds this season, including averages of 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in the five games Prange has missed.

In total, the Colonials are getting at least 5.0 points per game from seven players this season: Prange (14.1), Cummings (12.8), junior Kelsi Mahoney (9.0), freshman Neila Luma (7.5), Bautista (6.3), freshman Lexus Levy (5.3) and senior Camila Tapias (5.0).

SERIES HISTORY: GW leads the all-time series 20-4 and holds a 7-4 advantage in games played at Rose Hill Gymnasium.

HEAR IT: Head coach Jennifer Rizzotti and Brianna Cummings break down the non-conference schedule and look ahead to the second half of the season.



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