GW Women's Basketball's Caira Washington Named A-10 Rookie of the Year
Washington Headlines Four Colonials to Earn All-Conference Honors
March 4, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington women's basketball freshman Caira Washington was named the 2014 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday. In addition, four Colonials earned A-10 All-Conference honors, as sophomore Jonquel Jones was tabbed to the second team, Washington and graduate student Danni Jackson were voted to the third team and junior Chakecia Miller was selected to the all-defensive team.
The 10th Colonials' player ever to be named A-10 Rookie of the Year and first since Kimberly Beck in 2005, Washington leads the conference in field goal percentage (.576) and offensive rebounds (3.9 rpg) and ranks second in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and fifth in blocked shots (1.1 bpg) while averaging 11.7 points. In addition, she is averaging 12.9 points and 9.4 rebounds and shooting a league-high 63.9 percent against conference opponents.
Washington, who has started 28 of GW's 29 games in her inaugural campaign, has posted a team-high 10 double-doubles with three 20-point efforts, including career highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds against Massachusetts on Feb. 15. Her 263 rebounds are the ninth-highest single-season total in program history and the second-most by a freshman. The Brandywine, Md., native has been named A-10 Rookie of the week three times, the most for a GW freshman since Beck in 2004-05.
One of five members of the 2014 A-10 All-Rookie Team, Washington was also selected to the All-Conference Third Team, the first GW freshman to be named to an all-conference team since Erica Lawrence also earned third-team honors in 2000.
Jones, a sophomore transfer who did not suit up for the Buff and Blue until Dec. 21, leads GW in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.8 rpg). The Freeport, Bahamas, native is the A-10's top rebounder in league games (10.9 rpg) and ranks second in blocks (1.7 bpg), third in offensive rebounds (3.3 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.530) and eighth in scoring (15.0 ppg) against conference opponents.
The A-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 3, Jones has matched Washington with 10 double-doubles in just 18 games played, including three-in-a-row to end the regular season, and she has posted a team-high six 20-point efforts.
Jackson ranks third in the A-10 and 24th in the nation with a career-high 5.9 assists per game, including 6.9 in league action, and she is second with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Dumfries, Va., native is averaging a career-high 12.6 points this season, and her 171 assists on the year are tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in program history.
Jackson, the A-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 30, has posted three double-doubles of points and assists this season, the most by a Colonial since Beck in 2008. Her 14 assists against Saint Louis on Jan. 8 equaled a decade-old GW single-game record and are the most in a game in the Atlantic 10 and tied with 14 others for the fifth-highest total in Division I this season.
Jackson joins Beck as the second Colonial ever with 1,000 points and 500 assists in her career, and she currently ranks fourth all-time at GW in assists (526), ninth in free throw percentage (.787), 12th in three-pointers (105) and 16th in points (1,331). In addition, her 526 career assists rank 16th among all active players in Division I.
Miller is the leader of GW's defense, which ranks second in the A-10 and 49th in the nation with 8.9 steals per game this season. One of just three players in the nation to record 10 steals in a game in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns, Miller ranks 10th in the league with 1.4 steals per game this season to go with 8.9 points per contest, and she is 11th in assists (3.3 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3).
Last week, the San Antonio, Texas, native became the 15th Colonial ever with 200 career steals. She is the first GW player to earn A-10 All-Defensive Team honors since Beck and Whitney Allen in 2008.
GW (20-9, 11-5 A-10) finished the regular season tied for second place in the A-10 standings and will be the No. 4 seed in this week's Atlantic 10 Championship, their highest seeding since 2008. The Colonials earned a bye through to the quarterfinals and will face the winner of Thursday's first-round game between No. 5 Saint Joseph's and the opening round winner - either No. 12 George Mason or No. 13 Massachusetts.
George Washington Atlantic 10 Rookies of the Year
Kelly Ballentine - 1982-83
Kas Allen* - 1983-84
Jennifer Shasky* - 1989-90
Darlene Saar* - 1991-92
Tajama Abraham* - 1993-94
Noelia Gomez - 1996-97
Elisa Aguilar - 1997-98
Ugo Oha - 2000-01
Kimberly Beck - 2004-05
Caira Washington - 2013-14
*GW Athletics Hall of Famers
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