George Washington uses winning streak to surge into AP Top 25
Part of The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since the final poll of 2008, No. 24 George Washington is riding a 17-game winning streak and is currently in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Colonials (19-2, 8-0 A-10) continued their roll this past week with an 87-52 road win against Revolutionary Rival George Mason on Saturday afternoon. The 19-2 start matches the 2006-07 Colonials for the best 21-game record in program history. The Colonials' 17-game winning streak is the third-longest by a George Washington team and the fifth-longest active streak in Division I.
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis’ team has a conference-best scoring margin of 16.4 points per game, limiting opponents to an average of 57.8 points per game this season, while averaging 74.2. The top individual contributors for George Washington are 6-foot-4 junior forward Jonquel Jones, who averages a double-double at 15.8 points per game and an Atlantic 10-leading 11.9 rebounds per outing. She is backed by 6-foot-2 sophomore Caira Washington, who averages 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds.
In the latest win against George Mason, Washington led the Colonials with 15 points and eight rebounds and added two blocks and two steals, while Jones tallied 14 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. The frontcourt duo combined to make 12 of 23 attempts from the floor. Senior Lauren Chase tallied 11 points and five assists, and sophomore Hannah Schaible chipped in eight points, five rebounds and five steals.
The Colonials return to action on Feb. 5, hosting Atlantic 10 newcomer Davidson. GW has another key game on Feb. 8 at home against Dayton (16-4 and 7-1), one game back in the A-10 standings. Earlier this season, the Colonials defeated the Flyers 69-66 on Jan. 4 in Dayton.