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Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 2:56 p.m.

Tara Booker named co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Week

Tara Booker

Senior forward Tara Booker paced GW's offense in its A-10 opener. | File Photo

Senior forward Tara Booker earned the first A-10 Player of the Week nod of her career today, grabbing a share of the award after guiding GW to two victories last week.

Booker shares the award with Temple senior guard Kristin McCarthy. The forward averaged 9.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in the Colonials’ victories over American Jan. 2 and Fordham Jan. 7. Booker shot 59.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range.

Against the Eagles, Booker added 18 points, recording 7-of-12 shooting, and recorded two blocks, two assists and a steal in GW’s victory. During the Colonials’ contest against the Rams, the senior posted a 20-point performance on 6-of-10 shooting, grabbing eight rebounds and two steals in GW’s A-10 opener.

Booker sits at seventh place in the GW record books for baskets from long range, with 145 three-pointers, just eight shy of climbing to sixth in program history. She and the Colonials head to Richmond Wednesday, with tip slated for 7 p.m.