Courtside

Your Guide to GW sports

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 2:43 p.m.

Booker, Mostafa opt out of senior night, point to remaining eligbility

Senior guard Tara Booker dodges a Saint Louis defender earlier this season. | Hatchet File Photo

Two players will opt out of celebrations tonight as the women’s basketball team honors its senior members during the home game against La Salle.

Four members of the roster are technically seniors, but senior forward/guard Tara Booker and senior center Sara Mostafa won’t be honored in tonight’s festivities due to their remaining year of eligibility.

“Tara and Sara both have the right to apply for a fifth year because of their injuries,” an athletics communication spokesperson said, asking that the statement be attributed to the department as per athletics communications policy. “They are not taking part in senior night.”

Booker missed most of the 2009-10 season due to complications stemming from offseason meniscus surgery. She returned the following year to average 9.3 points per game, leading the Colonials in rebounding – 6.8 per game – and three-point field goals made – 2.0 per game. This season, Booker averages 11.8 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. She is eighth all-time for three-pointers at GW, with 115 made through 66 career games.

Sara Mostafa, basketball

Senior center Sara Mostafa heads to the basket against Virginia Tech Nov. 20.| Hatchet File Photo

Mostafa was sidelined indefinitely this season after fracturing her hand before GW’s game against Georgetown Dec. 11. In the offseason, head coach Mike Bozeman structured his motion-oriented offense around Mostafa’s commanding presence in the post. Her absence, coupled with numerous other injuries to GW’s roster, forced the Colonials to readjust its play. Last season, Mostafa averaged 8.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in 29 games played.

Neither Booker nor Mostafa have announced their plans for next year.

In an interesting coincidence, Booker and Mostafa’s ties extend past shared additional Colonial eligibility. They were high-school teammates at Absegami High School in New Jersey and also suited up together before that in middle school and junior leagues.