GW Women's Hoops Announces 2014 Team Award Winners

Team MVP Danni Jackson with Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis

April 17, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball program celebrated its most successful season in six years on Wednesday evening at its end-of-the-year banquet at the City View Room. Four student-athletes were recognized with awards decided by a vote of team members.

"We were very excited to continue this yearly tradition which we started last year of gathering together to celebrate the season the team had while also highlighting individual accomplishments at our annual banquet," said second-year Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. "I was so proud of all that we achieved as a team this season, and it is nice to have this opportunity now that it is over to recognize the hard work that got us there."

Graduate student Danni Jackson was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. An Atlantic 10 Third-Team All-Conference selection, Jackson averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 assists per game, finishing one shy of the program's single-season record with 204 assists on the year.

An A-10 All-Defensive Team honoree, junior Chakecia Miller repeated as the team's Best Defensive Player. She ranked among league leaders in steals and anchored the Colonials' defense which was second in the A-10 with 9.1 steals per game.

Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Caira Washington was named the team's Most Improved Player, while junior Lauren Chase earned the Team Spirit Award.

Finally, Miller was the recipient of the Academic Success Award, the lone accolade not decided by vote, as GPA and coursework were both taken into account. Miller boasts a 3.24 grade-point average as a psychology major.



In addition, freshmen Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible and Washington and transfers Chase and Jonquel Jones each received their first GW varsity letters.

GW, which defeated a pair of ranked opponents in 2013-14, finished the season with a 23-11 overall record and tied for second in the Atlantic 10 with an 11-5 conference mark. After defeating Saint Joseph's to reach the A-10 semifinals for the first time since 2008, the Colonials advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with wins over East Carolina and Villanova.

2014 Women's Basketball Award Winners
Most Valuable Player - Danni Jackson
Best Defensive Player - Chakecia Miller
Most Improved Player - Caira Washington
Team Spirit Award - Lauren Chase
Academic Success Award - Chakecia Miller

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