Jonquel Jones to Represent Bahamas in CBC Championship
Rising Junior Forward Will Compete for Home Country July 8-12
July 7, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas - George Washington women's basketball rising junior Jonquel Jones will compete for the Bahamas in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Senior Championship for Women. The eight-team tournament will take place July 8-12 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Jones, a 6-4 forward from Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, is one of 12 players to earn a spot on the national team, which is coached by Yolett McPhee-McCuin, the head coach at Jacksonville University and the first Bahamian female to sign a National Letter of Intent at a Division I program. The squad opened training camp on June 23.
"It means everything to me to represent my country in this tournament," said Jones, who will be making her National Team debut in basketball after previously participating on youth national teams in both soccer and track. "Women's basketball has come a long way in the Bahamas so it will be fun to suit up with the best our country has to offer and showcase our talent."
One of four teams in Group A, Bahamas opens the tournament on Tuesday, July 8 at 2:15 p.m. against the U.S. Virgin Islands and will also play the Dominican Republic on Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Barbados on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will compete in Group B.
After the preliminary round robin, the teams that placed first and second in each group will qualify for the semifinals on Friday, July 11, with the final round taking place the following day.
The top three teams in the FIBA-sponsored CBC Championship - the biggest basketball event in the Caribbean - earn berths to the Centrobasket Championship July 22-26 in Monterrey, Mexico. At the Centrobasket Championship, the teams will compete for spots in the FIBA Americas Championship, from which they can qualify for the FIBA World Cup or the Olympics.
A 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection, Jones was the only player in the league to average a double-double on the season, as she paced GW with 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in her inaugural campaign in the Buff and Blue. She shot 48.8 percent from the floor and added a team-best 1.9 blocks per contest, leading the Colonials to the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).