GW's Jonquel Jones Named A-10 Player of the Week for Third Time
Naismith Trophy Candidate Averaged 21 Points, 12.5 Rebounds
Jan. 5, 2015
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - For the third time in six weeks, George Washington junior forward Jonquel Jones was named Atlantic 10 women's basketball Player of the Week for games played Dec. 29-Jan. 4, the league announced on Monday. Jones was also named GW's Colonial of the Week.
Jones was dominant in GW's wins over Towson and Dayton, averaging 21.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. She shot 64.3 percent from the floor (18-for-28) and added 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per contest as the Colonials extended their win streak to 10 and improved to 12-2 on the year, matching the best start in program history.
Against Towson on Wednesday, Jones rang in the new year with 18 points and eight rebounds, connecting on 9-of-10 shots from the field, and added two assists and two blocks. Then in the Colonials' A-10 opener at preseason favorite and defending regular-season champ Dayton, the Naismith Trophy candidate posted her fourth double-double in the last five games and her sixth of the year with a season-best 24 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds while adding two assists and two steals as GW ended the Flyers' 31-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
Jones is the only player in the A-10 averaging a double-double on the season, as she leads the league in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and ranks fifth in scoring (16.0 ppg). The Freeport, Bahamas, native is also second in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.531) and third in blocked shots (1.5 bpg).
The Player of the Week award is the third of the season for Jones, who was also honored on Dec. 1 and Dec. 22 - the only player in the A-10 to be recognized more than once in 2014-15 and surpassing Dayton's Andrea Hoover for most accolades among active players in the league. Jones is also the first Colonial to be named Player of the Week three times in one season since Kimberly Beck in 2006-07. In addition, it is the fourth award of Jones' career, as she was previously recognized on Feb. 3, 2014, marking the most honors for a Colonial since Beck also earned four from 2004-08.
Jones was also named College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and High-Major Player of the Week on Monday.
The Colonials (12-2) return to the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday when they host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m.
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