GW Women's Basketball Picked Fifth in A-10 Preseason Poll
Jackson Tabbed to Preseason All-Conference Third Team; Miller Makes All-Defensive Squad
Oct. 22, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - The George Washington women's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic 10 in 2013-14 in a vote of the conference's 13 head coaches, the league announced on Tuesday at Media Day. In addition, graduate student Danni Jackson was named to the Preseason All-Conference Third Team and junior Chakecia Miller was tabbed to the All-Defensive Team.
2013 Atlantic 10 regular-season champion Dayton is the preseason favorite to win the conference title, receiving 12 first-place votes and 168 points. Defending A-10 tournament champion Saint Joseph's was picked second with 146 points and the final first-place vote, closely followed by 2013 WNIT participants Duquesne (136) and Fordham (135).
GW, which will be led by second-year Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis, received 115 total points to round out the top five, earning its highest preseason slot since being picked second in 2008 following a trip to the Sweet 16.
Richmond, another WNIT participant a year ago, was picked sixth with 107 points, followed by VCU (7th, 92), Saint Louis (8th, 72), St. Bonaventure (9th, 59) and La Salle (10th, 58). Conference newcomer George Mason (40) was picked 11th, while Massachusetts (12th, 29) and Rhode Island (13th, 26) round out the 13-team poll.
GW tied for seventh in the A-10 last season, posting a 14-16 overall record and 7-7 league mark, its most overall and conference wins since 2009. In addition, the Colonials won a game at the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2008, defeating Richmond, 59-53, in the first round. GW returns three starters from that squad, including Jackson and Miller.
Jackson returns for her fifth year with the Buff and Blue after leading the Colonials in scoring in each of the last three seasons, including a team-best 10.1 points per game a year ago. The native of Dumfries, Va., ranked fifth in the A-10 with 4.5 assists per game and enters the 2013-14 campaign ranking 12th all-time at GW with 355 career assists.
Miller is one of just three players in Division I to record 10 steals in a game in each of the last two seasons. The San Antonio, Texas, native ranked third in the A-10 and 61st in the nation with 2.6 steals per game last year and also ranked seventh in the league in assists (3.2 apg).
GW hosts Young Harris College in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Charles E. Smith Center ahead of its season opener against Jackson State at home on Saturday, Nov. 9.