Saint Mary's is coming off its first home loss of the season, a 75-72 defeat to Pacific on December 20. The Gaels led at halftime and built an eight point second-half lead but could not hang on. The Tigers got hot from three-point range and the Gaels could not recover.
The Gaels look to add a victory before WCC play begins on January 3rd. The Gaels head to San Francisco to take on the Dons at War Memorial Gym on Thursday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m. SMC heads to Los Angeles on Saturday to take on Loyola Marymount at 2:00 p.m.
Saint Mary's continues to be led by Jackie Nared who leads the WCC in scoring with 18.9 points per game. She has teamed with Danielle Mauldin, who leads the WCC in rebounding with 10.7 rebounds per game. Mauldin has not recorded 10 rebounds in any of her previous three games. The duo has combined for 11 double-doubles, including a team-high six by Nared.
George Washington takes on California on Friday night, before taking on the Gaels on Sunday. The Colonials enter the week with a 6-5 mark, with wins over UT Arlington, William & Mary, USC Upstate, Morgan State, Howard and George Mason.
GW is led by Megan Nipe with 10.3 ppg while Tara Booker adds 10.2 ppg. As a team, GW averages 57.5 ppg and allows just 53.5 ppg. The Colonials shoot 37.4 percent from the field and average 38.5 rebounds per game.
GW is coming off its second straight victory - a 60-52 win over local rival George Mason on Saturday. Senior Danni Jackson scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added seven assists and five rebounds. GW shot 44.3 percent in the game and held the Patriots to just 29.0 percent from the floor, the fourth time this season the Colonials have held an opponent below 30 percent shooting. Jackson was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for her efforts.