GW Women's Hoops to Play in 2014 Junkanoo Jam
Colonials in Challenging Freeport Division Field; Jonquel Jones to Head Home to Bahamas
June 12, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team will spend the Thanksgiving holiday in the Bahamas as part of the 2014 Junkanoo Jam. The three-day event takes place from Nov. 27-29 in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
The Colonials will play in the Freeport Division, opening the tournament on Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. against NCAA Tournament qualifier N.C. State, which finished the 2013-14 campaign ranked in the top 20 in both major polls. Purdue, which advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and also finished the year ranked in the top 20, and Texas Tech will play in the other half of the bracket, with the winners facing off in the championship game on Nov. 29 at 3:15 p.m., preceded by the consolation contest at 1 p.m.
East Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse and Wisconsin will compete in the Lucaya Division. All games will be played at St. Georges High School in Freeport, the home of GW rising junior and 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection Jonquel Jones.
This will be the Colonials' fourth appearance at the Junkanoo Jam, the most of any Division I school in tournament history, with prior visits in 2003, 2005 and 2009. No other team has participated in more than three Junkanoo Jam tournaments (Arizona State, Florida, Kansas State, USC, Virginia).
"The Junkanoo Jam always features top-notch competition, and this year is no different with four teams that played in the NCAA Tournament," said Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. "We look forward to this early challenge in our schedule. We are also excited to be able to bring Jonquel Jones home and give her friends and family in Freeport a chance to see her play."
The Junkanoo Jam offers women's college basketball teams a chance for excellent early season competition on the beaches of the Bahamas. Since the tournament's inception in 2002, many of the nation's finest women's basketball programs have converged on Grand Bahama Island to test their skills and enjoy some fun in the sun. Competition in the 12th annual event in Freeport will again deem Junkanoo Jam one of the top tournaments in the nation. Each participating program will play two non-conference games, dine and socialize beside the ocean for the popular Thanksgiving banquet.
The Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort will be the host hotel for the Junkanoo Jam. Basketball Travelers is offering fan packages for the tournament, including four nights of hotel accommodations at the Grand Lucayan, an all-game tournament pass, bus transfers to and from games and the airport, entry to the Thanksgiving team banquet, sightseeing assistance and a free round of golf. Fans are responsible for their own airfare, trip cancellation insurance, tips and other incidentals, meals and transportation to and from the departure city.