GW Women's Hoops to Host Nationally-Ranked No. 11 Rutgers on Friday
Colonials and Scarlet Knights to Clash for 39th Time Series History
Dec. 29, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team plays its second of three games in six days as the Colonials welcome nationally-ranked No. 11 Rutgers to the Charles E. Smith Center.
GW (6-6) is coming off of a 74-66 road victory over William & Mary on Wednesday night. Junior Danni Jackson scored a career-high 22 points to lead four players in double-figures as GW snapped its three-game losing streak. Also posting double-figures for GW was senior Tiana Myers (12 points), sophomore Chelisa Painter (11) and freshman Chakecia Miller (10).
Despite a staggering height disadvantage, the Colonials outrebounded W&M, 40-39. GW also netted 30 points in the paint compared to 18 for the Tribe.
GW's smothering defense forced 20+ turnovers for the sixth time this season while holding W&M to 39 percent from the floor and 30 percent from beyond the arc.
No. 11 Rutgers (10-2) leads the all-time series against GW 29-9. The Scarlet Knights rebounded from its second loss of the season against No. 6 Tennessee with a 62-29 victory over Iona on Dec. 18. Friday's game marks the first contest for RU in 11 days.
Rutgers is led offensively by three double-digit scorers, highlighted by senior guard April Sykes with 14.8 points per game. Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan is second, averaging 12.3 points per contest, followed by junior center Monique Oliver at an 11.3 clip.
Defense is a staple for Rutgers which is limiting opponents to 53.6 points per game. RU is ranked 10th nationally in field percentage defense (.314) and 38th in scoring defense (53.6).
In the last season's meeting against Rutgers, GW faltered, 60-50, in Piscataway on Jan. 3, despite a career-high 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting from Sara Mostafa.
GW trailed by two, 36-34, just over five minutes into the second half but Rutgers used an 11-0 second-half run to pull away. The Colonials got as close as seven, 56-49, with 65 seconds left but Tara Booker missed an open three and Rutgers clinched the 10-point victory with late free throws.
The last time the two teams played at the Charles E. Smith Center, the Colonials used a late 13-0 run to shock Rutgers, 45-43 on Dec. 30, 2009. Trailing 40-32 with 10:05 to play, the Colonials held the Scarlet Knights scoreless for more than nine minutes and scored 13 unanswered points to turn an eight-point deficit into a 45-40 lead with 1:12 remaining.