Women’s basketball visits A-10 freshman Loyola Chicago

WASHINGTON- After a home win over VCU on Sunday, George Washington’s women’s basketball will be leaving for a game against Atlantic 10 freshman Loyola Chicago. The meeting, which is the first-ever between the two programs, begins Wednesday at 12 p.m. with live nationwide coverage on NBC Sports Digital.

Last time against VCU, Mia Lakstigala, Nya Robertsonand Mayowa Taiwo all scored double digits. The trio had a knack for producing double-digit performances in this A-10 campaign, as all three are averaging double-digit points in conference play.

In the first seven games of the Atlantic 10 season, Robertson led the offensive charge with 14 points per game, followed by Lakstigala, who is averaging 13.6 points per night, and Taiwo, whose scoring average is 10.3 points per game .

In addition to her goal tally, Taiwo excelled at putting the ball through the basket this year. On Wednesday, the redshirt senior shot a searing 61.8 percent from the floor in the A-10 game, the first in the conference. Overall, Taiwo shoots at a 53.4 percent clip, a number that’s second best among the A-10 and 44th best in the NCAA.

Currently, Taiwo is on track to break her career high of 48.3, set during her rookie season at GW. Taiwo is also on track to become the first Colonial to shoot over 50 percent in a season since Ali Brigham’s 2019-20 (50.4 percent).

Wednesday’s game against Loyola Chicago will be the teams’ first-ever meeting. The Ramblers will become the fifth first-time opponent GDUB will face this season, along with Wilmington (Del.), ETSU, Cal State Fullerton and Louisiana Tech.

Against first-time opponents this year, GW is 2-2 and has averaged 70.5 points. The team also shot 43 percent from the ground, averaging 10.5 3-pointers over those four games.

Loyola Chicago had a rough start to his first A-10 season. The Ramblers, who are 1-5 in conference play, started their first Atlantic 10 campaign with a 60-47 win in Saint Louis. Since then, however, they have lost five in a row and have been topped in those losses, averaging 20.4 points.

Individually, Maya Chandler is the only Rambler to average double digits (10.5). Junior Sitori Tanin is the team’s lead rebounder, averaging 4.7 boards.


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