Less than two weeks before the start of the 2015-16 campaign, the GW women's basketball team garnered another preseason recognition, earning a ranking of No. 20 in espnW's preseason poll
The preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10, GW has been ranked in a number of preseason polls this fall, including No. 21 in the inaugural USA Today Coaches Poll of the year.
The Colonials, who lost just one player from the 2014-15 squad, won both the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament titles last season to earn their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008. GW posted a 29-4 overall record, setting a program record for victories, and went 15-1 in A-10 play. The top rebounding team in the nation, the Colonials won 19 straight games from Nov. 24-Feb. 8 and spent 10 weeks ranked in the top 25.
"The Colonials should again be one of the best rebounding teams in the country," Charlie Creme wrote in the espnW poll, citing the return of senior Jonquel Jones, junior Caira Washington and sophomore Kelli Prange.
Creme added that Jones, the 2015 A-10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, "should be a finalist for every national player of the year award."
Two of GW's opponents in 2015-16 - No. 13 Stanford (Nov. 21) and No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 3) are also ranked in espnW's top 25.
The Colonials host Christopher Newport in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Charles E. Smith Center at noon, ahead of their season opener against Grambling State on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m.