GW Women's Hoops Outlasts Saint Joseph's, 74-67
Jones Tallies 21 Points, 14 Rebounds Against Defending A-10 Champs
Jan. 5, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Jonquel Jones posted her third double-double in five games with 21 points and 14 rebounds as the George Washington women's basketball team pushed its win streak to seven with a 74-67 win over defending Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena.
Playing on the road for the first time in more than a month, GW won its seventh straight game, its longest win streak since taking nine straight from Dec. 1, 2007-Jan. 16, 2008. The Colonials improve to 11-4 on the year, their best start since 2007-08, which was also the last time they won their first two Atlantic 10 games of the season.
On her 20th birthday, Jones recorded a game- and career-high 21 points and game-best 14 rebounds, and she added three assists and three blocks. She made 7-of-13 field goal attempts, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards by halftime. Freshman Caira Washington posted her third straight double-double and fifth of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and grad student Danni Jackson tallied 12 points and eight assists, sinking the biggest shot of the game in the final minutes.
With the game tied at 67, there was a stoppage in play after an inadvertent whistle, and one second was placed on the shot clock. Junior Chakecia Miller inbounded the ball to Jackson in front of the Colonials' bench, and Jackson knocked down the long jumper to give GW a 69-67 lead with 1:44 to go.
Saint Joseph's never scored again, and the Colonials made five of six free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 74-67 win.
GW scored the first 11 points of the game, keeping Saint Joseph's off the board for more than five minutes as the Hawks missed their first seven shots, and the Colonials pushed their lead to 16 - 24-8 - midway through the first half.
Saint Joseph's (11-3, 1-1 A-10) used a 9-2 run to cut its deficit to single digits, but GW went back up by 15 with under a minute to go in the half on a pair of big three-pointers by sophomore Aaliyah Brown. A halfcourt buzzer beater by SJU guard Erin Shields made it 38-28 at the break.
The Hawks scored the first two points of the second half, but the Colonials regained a double-digit lead on their next possession and led, 50-36, after a pair of three-pointers by freshman Hannah Schaible and another by Jackson.
Saint Joseph's, however, chipped away with a 19-9 run and tied the game on three-point play by Ciara Andrews at the 2:49 mark.
Andrews and Ashley Robinson combined for 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting off the bench to lead the Hawks. Andrews scored a team-best 18 points, while Robinson posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks' leading scorer, Shields added 11 points and nine assists but was just 4-for-16 from the field, including 1-for-8 from three-point range.
GW outrebounded Saint Joseph's, 49-37, and held the Hawks to 35.8 percent shooting.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.