Jones, Washington Key GW Women's Hoops' 94-68 Win Over George Mason
Frontcourt Duo Combines for 43 Points, 22 Rebounds
Jan. 18, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va. - George Washington women's basketball's starting frontcourt duo of sophomore Jonquel Jones and freshman Caira Washington combined for 43 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Colonials to a 94-68 win over Atlantic 10 newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason on Saturday evening at the Patriot Center.
With its ninth win in its last 10 games, GW improves to 13-5 on the season, its best start since 2007-08, and is 4-1 in Atlantic 10 play for the first time since 2008-09. The Colonials also pick up a point in the Revolutionary Rivalry standings, tying the score at 4-4.
Jones posted her second straight double-double and fifth in eight games this season with a career-high 22 points and 16 rebounds, matching her career best. Washington also recorded a career high with 21 points, giving the Colonials two players with 20 points for the second time this season.
Meeting for the second time in 16 days, GW and George Mason battled in a back-and-forth first half that included seven ties and four lead changes, but the Colonials pulled away in the second period, outscoring the the Patriots by 19.
The score was tied at 37 with 3:28 to go in the first, but back-to-back buckets by Washington gave the Colonials the lead for good and sparked an 11-4 run to end the half. A three-pointer by grad student Megan Nipe just seconds before the buzzer gave GW a seven-point halftime lead, 48-41.
The Colonials took control of the game in the second half, using a 9-1 surge to go up by 16 at the 13:20 mark. George Mason (6-13, 0-6 A-10) pulled within 11 on a jumper by Janaa Pickard with 10:46 to go but did not score again for more than six minutes, as GW scored 16 straight points to take a commanding 84-57 lead with 4:50 left, and a three-pointer by junior Aaliyah Brown at 1:29 gave the Colonials a game-high 29-point lead, 94-65.
GW shot 50 percent (31-62) in the game while limiting Mason to 34.7 percent (26-75) from the floor. GW held the Patriots to just 11 of 37 field goals (29.7 percent) in the second half, and outrebounded Mason, 51-37, in the game, including 30-15 in the second period.
Taylor Brown led the Patriots with 21 points, while Pickard scored 12 and Sandra Ngoie added 10. Talisha Watts pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds off the bench.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host A-10 rival Saint Joseph's at 11 a.m. for the annual Field Trip Day. GW defeated the Hawks, 74-67, on Jan. 5 in Philadelphia.