Feb. 26, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's basketball team will close out the home portion of its 2012-13 regular season schedule Wednesday night as it plays host to Atlantic 10 foe George Washington. Tip-off between the Musketeers and Colonials is set for 7 p.m. at Cintas Center.
About the Musketeers
Xavier (11-15, 5-7 A-10) is currently riding a four-game winning streak and the Musketeers have won five of their last six games. The 11 wins so far this season are the most in a season under head coach Amy Waugh (eight wins in 2011-12). As a team, Xavier ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in defensive rebounds (27.0), third in 3-point field goal percentage (.321), rebounding defense (34.4), rebounding margin (+3.6) and defensive rebounding percentage (.710) and fourth in free throw percentage (.719) and field goal percentage (.399).
The Musketeers are led by senior Amber Gray (11.3 ppg. - 16th A-10), one of four players averaging nine-plus points a game. She also boasts a 79.6 free throw percentage (5th A-10) while senior Jessica Pachko (9.9 ppg.) leads the team with 6.6 boards per contest (17th A-10) and a 54.5 field goal percentage (2nd A-10). Junior Ashley Wanninger is the team's resident long-ball expert, sinking 35.5 percent of her shots from beyond the arc (9th A-10) and she averages 1.9 3-point baskets per game (7th A-10).
Scouting George Washington
George Washington (12-14, 6-6 A-10) has won four of its last six outings including, most recently, a 57-52 victory over St. Bonaventure at home on Sunday. Four Colonials notched double-figures scoring in the win, including Megan Nipe who tallied the team's only double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. As a team, GW ranks third in the A-10 in steals (10.4) and offensive rebounds (15.0) and fourth in rebounding offense (39.4).
The Colonials are led by Tara Booker and Danni Jackson who both average 9.6 ppg. while Booker grabs a team-best 6.9 boards per contest (12th A-10). Jackson is the team's assist leader, dishing out 4.6 per game (5th A-10) and Chakecia Miller averages 2.7 spg. (2nd A-10) and makes 74.2 percent of her free throw attempts (11th A-10).
Xavier and George Washington have previously met 33 times over the all-time series between the two programs with GW holding the slim 18-15 advantage. The Colonials won last year's meeting, 54-44, in D.C. on Feb. 8. The series includes three overtime games, including an epic four-overtime battle on Feb. 9, 2003 in Cincinnati. The Musketeers came away with the 94-92 win.
Last Time Out
Trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, Xavier pulled to within three, 28-25, at halftime Saturday afternoon at Virginia Commonwealth. During the second half, the score was tied twice and the lead changed hands nine times until XU took control of the game for good at the 4:33 mark on a 3-point basket from junior Ashley Wanninger. The Musketeers sank 12-of-13 free throw shots down the stretch to eventually claim the 65-54 win over the Rams. Junior Shatyra Hawkes led the team with 15 points and grabbed a career-high-tying eight rebounds. Seniors Amber Gray and Jessica Pachko each chipped in 14 points while freshman Jenna Crittendon pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.