GW Women's Hoops Looks to Bounce Back at Saint Mary's on Sunday
Dec. 29, 2012
WHO: GW Women's Basketball (6-6)
MORAGA, Calif. - The George Washington women's basketball team continues its four-game road trip with its first-ever visit to Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off from the Gaels' McKeon Pavilion is set for 3 p.m. ET.
The game is just the third-ever meeting between GW and Saint Mary's. The teams last met in 2004 at the Charles E. Smith Center, a 68-49 win for the host Colonials in a game that featured all-time GW greats Whitney Allen, Kimberly Beck, Sarah-Jo Lawrence and Anna Montañana. Center Jessica Simmonds led the Colonials with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Beck tallied 17 points, five assists and four steals. Triola Jackson led the Gaels with 12 points and eight boards.
GW (6-6) had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 70-43 loss at No. 8 California on Friday evening. Seniors Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp led the Colonials with nine points apiece, and senior Danni Jackson added seven points and four assists. GW shot just 31.6 percent in the game.
Jackson is the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after she scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added seven assists and five rebounds in a victory against George Mason last Saturday.
Nipe paces the Colonials with 10.2 points per game, and graduate student Tara Booker is GW's top rebounder with 5.8 boards per contest. Jackson leads the team in assists (5.3 apg) and steals (2.8 spg), ranking third and second in the A-10, respectively, in those categories.
Saint Mary's (7-4) has not played since a 75-72 loss to Pacific on Dec. 20. The Gaels led by eight in the second half but could not hold on. Jackie Nared posted a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead SMC. Saint Mary's has lost two of its last three games after winning five straight from Nov. 23-Dec. 6.
Nared is the leading scorer in the West Coast Conference with 18.9 points per game, while Danielle Mauldin ranks fifth with 14.7 ppg. The duo combines for nearly half of the Gaels' offensive output, as the team averages 67.5 ppg on the season.
Mauldin (10.7 rpg) and Nared (9.6 rpg) are also the top two rebounders in the WCC. Saint Mary's leads the league in rebounding (45.7 rpg) and has outrebounded its opponents by 10.1 rpg, ranking 15th in the nation in rebounding margin.
Saint Mary's was picked to finish third out of nine teams in the WCC preseason poll, and Mauldin and Nared were both tabbed to the preseason all-conference team. Last season, the Gaels posted a 22-10 record and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
The Gaels and Colonials share one common opponent as Saint Mary's also lost to California, 89-41, on Nov. 15. The Gaels also defeated Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler, 85-74, on Nov. 23; GW will host the Bulldogs on Feb. 10.
The Colonials will complete the non-conference portion of their schedule with their first-ever trip to North Carolina A&T on Sunday, Jan. 6. GW then visits Massachusetts on Saturday, Jan. 12, to open Atlantic 10 play before returning to the Smith Center to host A-10 rival Saint Joseph's on Thursday, Jan. 17.