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What: Men’s basketball (18-5, 7-3 A-10) vs. Saint Joseph’s (19-4, 8-2 A-10)

Where: Smith Center, Washington, D.C. CSN (TV)

When: Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball and its fans may still be basking in the glory of a 72–69 win against conference rival VCU (17-6, 9-1 A-10) last weekend, GW’s first ever at the Siegel Center, but the Colonials’ tough Atlantic 10 stretch continues Wednesday night.

After stringing together three straight wins for the first time since mid-December, GW looks to stay hot against a surging Saint Joseph’s squad that sits at third place in the league, one spot ahead of the Colonials.

With both sides receiving single-digit vote totals in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, and Saint Joseph’s boasting an RPI of 30 to GW’s 34, both bubble teams will be fighting hard for a crucial victory that would bolster either NCAA Tournament resume.

The Hawks have been dealt only two A-10 losses by VCU and St. Bonaventure this season, but are coming off a 22-point road win at Fordham.

“We are feeling great. I think momentum is on our side and our confidence is higher than ever,” senior swingman Patricio Garino said Tuesday. “We have a great team but at the same time we are aware that we can lose to any team in this conference at any time. We need to stay focused but live off this momentum we have.”

The case for the Colonials:

GW has scored at least 72 points in its last three games, and will need to sustain its offensive consistency to find success against a stingy Saint Joseph’s defense. The Colonials hold a slight edge in scoring, averaging 75.8 points per game to the Hawks 75.1.

Redshirt junior forward leads that effort with 16.6 points per game, followed closely by Garino who averages 13.7 and who netted a career-high 27 points at VCU. Senior forward Kevin Larsen also adds a team-best 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Solid team defense, which was on display at home last week in a commanding 10-point win over Davidson, will also be key in thwarting a dangers Hawks’ offense. GW is allowing an average of 68.5 points per game to the visitors’ 67.4.

“We have to keep doing the right thing and play the right way,” head coach Mike Lonergan said Tuesday of his team’s defensive effort. “It can’t be two or three guys at a time. It needs to be all five guys on the court. It starts with our starters and they know what is at stake.”

And as it has in most tight games this season, the ability to get to the line and convert from there may be a game-breaker. And in that category, GW has the upper-hand. The Colonials are shooting the 15th-best clip from the charity stripe in the country (75.3 percent) and have attempted 572 free throws all season, the most in the A-10.

The case for the Hawks:

Looking at GW’s 12-1 home record this season, a trip to a tightly-packed Smith Center would seem daunting to almost any visitor, but probably not the Hawks. Saint Joseph’s currently possesses the nation’s best road record: a perfect 8-0.

Superb play away from home and a hearty 19-4 overall record is largely the product of a stellar season from the Hawks’ frontcourt. Senior forward Isaiah Miles and junior forward DeAndre Bembry are averaging a team-best 17.3 and 17.0 points per game, respectively.

Miles also posts a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game, while in two career games against GW, Bembry is averaging an impressive 22 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

“Isaiah Miles is arguably the most improved player in our conference this year, definitely, and really even in all of college basketball,” Lonergan said. “His ability to shoot the ball was always there and now he is taking it to the basket more. And with [DeAndre'] Bembry they have two guys that are really potent scorers, so it is not going to be easy.”

The rebounding battle in this one could go either way, so it’s important for the Hawks to remain staunch on defense. The team does a good job at forcing bad shots, evidenced through its A-10-best field goal defense, allowing just 39.5 percent of shots by opponents fall.

The Bottom Line:

With so much on the line for both teams, this game should prove to be an extremely entertaining, yet stressful showdown for fans as each side jostles for national recognition. Expect both squads to pull out all the stops in search of a pivotal win that would assert the victor as one of the league’s best.

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Redshirt junior Tyler Cavanaugh attempts a shot in GW's win over George Mason. Cavanaugh was one of four Colonials scoring in double figures with 15 points. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

Redshirt junior Tyler Cavanaugh attempts a shot in GW’s win over George Mason. Cavanaugh was one of four Colonials scoring in double figures with 15 points. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

After giving up a 10-point second-half lead, the Colonials escaped with a 76–70 victory at George Mason Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots, just 1‒6 in Atlantic 10 play entering the contest, battled all game long in front of a raucous EagleBank Arena crowd, hitting 25 field goals to GW’s 20 and winning the on the boards 47–42.

But GW, with a veteran lineup up against a Mason squad that starts three freshmen, had its experience on display late.

Senior forward Kevin Larsen sank two crucial free throws and put back a missed layup on the next offensive possession to regain a 65‒61 lead in the game’s final minutes that his team would not surrender.

“[George Mason] made a run and I thought we responded,” redshirt junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh, who posted 15 points and 8 rebounds Sunday, said. “We’ve got good senior leadership and we made the plays down the stretch.”

Senior swingman Patricio Garino led four GW starters who posted double-digit scoring numbers with 19 points, while Larsen added a team-best 11 rebounds en route to his eighth double-double this season.

Once again, GW’s free throw shooting proved pivotal. The team scored nearly 40 percent of its points at the line, going 30-for-36 from the stripe on the day.

“Everyone is making free throws, that’s the confidence of the team,” Garino said. “We know that if we go hard to the rim and get fouled we’re going to get two points.”

GW (16‒5, 5-3 A-10) came out strong, with Cavanaugh knocking down a triple on his team’s first possession. He and Garino would lead the Colonials with nine points each in the frame.

The Colonials jumped to an early 17–11 lead behind good shooting, but their efficiency quickly began to stagnate. The visitors went a subpar 25.7 percent from the field, but George Mason (7–14, 1-7 A-10) wasn’t much better, posting a 26.5 percent clip in the half.

Freshman guard Jordan Roland provided a spark off the bench, netting five points, the only production off the pine in the first half.

Senior forward Particio Garino slams a dunk in the Colonials' win against George Mason. Garino was on the floor for 39 minutes of play, leading GW. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

Senior forward Particio Garino slams a dunk in the Colonials’ win against George Mason. Garino was on the floor for 39 minutes of play, leading GW. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

But the Patriots battled back with a strong rebounding effort, grabbing 31 boards to GW’s 22 in the first period, and got 10 points on 12 trips to the free throw line.

Freshman guard Otis Livingston II led the charge with two threes and 10 points. Both squads went 3-for-10 from beyond the arc in the frame, but George Mason would prevail on the scoreboard, taking a 31–29 lead into halftime.

Back-to-back three-pointers from graduate student guard Alex Mitola, who led the bench on the day with eight points was part of a 10–0 GW run to open the second half.

“I think we attacked much better in the second half,” Cavanaugh said. “Alex [Mitola] stepped up big and made a couple threes and we don’t win the game without him.”

But like they did all day, George Mason bounced right back.

The Patriots shot 48.5 percent from the field and hit four critical threes in the second frame which allowed them to capture a 61–59 late-game edge.

But the Colonials refused to be rattled. Senior guard Joe McDonald, who finished with five points and three rebounds, drew a foul and hit two at the line to tie the game at 61.

Twenty-two second-half free throws would win the day as GW held on for a bounce back win to move to 16–5.

“Thank God we’re experienced because Mason did a great job and we didn’t play well offensively,” head coach Mike Lonergan said. “But when we’re struggling, we get to the free throw line, that’s what we do and we made them pay.”

The Colonials return home Wednesday to host Davidson at 7 p.m.

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Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 5:43 p.m.

Preview: Men’s basketball at George Mason

Redshirt junior Tyler Cavanaugh attempts a layup in the Colonials' double-overtime loss to Richmond. With 16 points, Cavanaugh was one of five GW starters to score in double-figures. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Redshirt junior Tyler Cavanaugh attempts a layup in the Colonials’ double-overtime loss to Richmond. With 16 points, Cavanaugh was one of five GW starters to score in double-figures. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

What: Men’s basketball (15-5, 4-3 A-10) at George Mason (7-13, 1-6 A-10)
When: Sunday, Jan. 31 at noon
Where: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va., NBCSN (TV)

Falling to Richmond in a thrilling double-overtime contest Thursday night, the Colonials took their first loss at the Smith Center in almost a year.

But with a quick trip across the Potomac River Sunday afternoon, men’s basketball looks to get back on track after a turbulent start to conference play, which has left them tied for fourth place in the Atlantic 10.

George Mason, however, sits at the bottom of the league with just one A-10 win, and six losses, under its belt thus far. The Patriots, under the direction of new head coach Dave Paulsen, have lost two straight and are in desperate need of a spark to turn their season around.

GW holds a 14-2 edge in the all-time series between its crosstown rival and won 67-51 in its last trip to Fairfax in 2015. Sunday’s game will be the first of two meetings between the programs this year, before the Patriots visit the nation’s capital on March 1.

The case for the Colonials:

Despite allowing a season-high 98 points in its loss to the Spiders, GW’s defense will face a much less formidable offense in the Patriots. Whereas Richmond had one of the most high-powered offenses in the conference, George Mason averages the second-least amount of points in the A-10 at 65.3 per game.

The Colonials’ offense also was not quiet during Thursday’s defeat. Led by seniors Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino who had a team-high 17 points each, all five starters scored in double-figures against Richmond.

Redshirt junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh, the only GW starter the Patriots have not seen before, leads the Colonials with a team-best average of 17.0 points per game, while Larsen adds a team-high 8.2 boards per game.

The visitors are a significantly better shooting team than George Mason, which starts three freshmen guards. A more experienced, proficient GW roster seems poised to overpower its opponent from outside and in the paint and snag a crucial fifth A-10 victory.

The case for the Patriots:

While George Mason remains in somewhat of a rebuilding phase, bringing on Paulsen and six freshmen this past offseason, they have recorded a few notable wins already this season.

The Patriots won a 71-68 overtime decision over Oklahoma State on Nov. 20, while the 10-10 Cowboys went on to upset No. 3 Kansas earlier this month. On Jan. 17, the squad also took down Saint Louis 92-79 on the road, whereas GW lost to the Billikens in Chaifetz Arena just two weeks prior.

The team is led by junior guard Marquise Moore, who averages a team-high 12.6 points and 3.4 assists per game. Freshman guard Otis Livingston II and senior forward Marko Gujanicic also provide versatility on offense, despite a team field goal percentage of 41.3 percent, second-worst in the A-10.

One area of play the Patriots have dominated this year is rebounding. Six-foot-eleven-inch senior center Shevon Thompson far and away leads the league with an average of 10.2 rebounds per game, to guide an A-10-best team rebounding margin of 7.3 to GW’s second-best 6.2.

The bottom line:

George Mason will be able to keep it closer than expected if it can continue to own the glass and exploit a GW defense that may have lost some confidence after almost allowing Richmond to reach triple digits.

But this is the Colonials game to win. For a team that finished non-conference play at 11-2, but now finds itself at only 15-5, a strong response to yet another disheartening loss will be key to regaining its dwindling momentum down the stretch.

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Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 11:58 p.m.

Preview: Women’s basketball at Duquesne

This post was written by Hatchet senior staff writer Alex Kist.

What: Women’s basketball (14-3, 4-0 A-10) vs. No. 25 Duquesne (16-1, 4-0 A-10)

Where: A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., ESPNU (TV)

When: Sunday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m.

After cruising to its ninth straight victory against La Salle, GW heads to Pittsburgh to take on one of its top-performing league rivals.

Duquesne, which has recorded just one loss all year, is currently the team to beat in the Atlantic 10 conference. Their 15-game winning streak is the fourth-longest in the nation.

With both teams competing for the top-seed in the conference, the Sunday contest should be an entertaining battle. The Colonials and Dukes are both undefeated thus far in A-10 play as they head into their 61st all-time matchup.

When the Colonials saw the Dukes last January, they dominated in the paint and commanded the offensive glass. GW got the 83–56 victory and extended its win streak at the time to 15 games en route to an A-10 Championship trophy. Standout senior forward Jonquel Jones scored a game-high 22 points and posted 17 rebounds.

Here is what to expect from the game:

The case for the Colonials:

The Colonials have finally found balance in their offensive attack, but GW is a defensively-minded squad, averaging 52.1 rebounds per game, and will need to play to its strengths to compete with the Dukes.

Jones leads the Colonials with an average of 17.1 points and 15.2 rebounds. If the Dukes are unable to limit Jones in the paint, she could have another big game.

Junior forward Caira Washington has also contributed to GW’s success early on in games, boasting a 51.2 percent field goal percentage this season.

Graduate student guard Lauren Chase has also been solid so far this year, showcasing her versatility on the court. Chase averages 5.5 assists per game. In the 30-point victory over Hartford earlier in the season, Chase notched a 12-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

The case for the Dukes:

Duquesne has the fewest losses in the A-10 thanks to its consistency in the paint, and an explosive offense that has secured triumphs over fierce competition.

Duquesne averages a conference-high 75.4 points per game and has outscored conference opponents by 10 points or more in each game.

GW will need to keep senior guard April Robinson, who is averaging 14.6 per game and 7.7 assists per game, on its radar. Robinson received A-10 Co-Player of the Week honors on Nov. 3 after propelling her team to victory against Howard, North Carolina A&T and New Mexico. Over the three-game span, she averaged 18.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game.

The Dukes are coming off a 79–70 win over Rhode Island where Robinson scored 29 points and Amadea Szamosi posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. If the Dukes can box out and produce tight coverage against the height of the GW post players, they could achieve success on the boards.

The bottom line:

GW needs to have a seamless game, minimize turnovers and control the tempo to hand the Dukes their first conference loss. The Dukes will have to guard Jones tightly and get Robinson involved in this battle of the A-10′s best.

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Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 12:25 a.m.

Preview: Men’s basketball at Massachusetts

What: Men’s basketball (13-3, 2-1 A-10) vs. Massachusetts (8-7, 1-2 A-10)

Where: William D. Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

Garnering a No. 20 national ranking after winning 10 of its first 11 games this season, GW went 3-2 over winter break, dropping contests at DePaul and Saint Louis.

But following the 65-62 loss to the Billikens last week, its first in Atlantic 10 play, the Colonials responded with a commanding 27-point victory over Duquesne Saturday, despite senior Joe McDonald, now listed as day-to-day, leaving the game with an eye injury.

With momentum on their side, the team travels to Amherst Tuesday night to spar with the Minutemen, who have lost two in a row and six of their last nine, in hopes of stringing together a pair of conference wins for the first time this year.

The case for the Colonials:

The frontcourt led the way for GW against the Dukes, as redshirt junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh and senior forward Kevin Larsen recorded career-highs, scoring 30 and 25 points, respectively.

Despite the Colonials’ recent slump, Cavanaugh, who has scored in double figures in all 16 games this season, has remained consistent. He leads the team with an average of 16.6 points per game, followed by senior guard Patricio Garino who puts up an average of 12.2 per game.

Larsen adds a team-high 8.1 boards and 3.0 assists per game to an offense that is averaging 38.5 rebounds per contest to Massachusetts’ 36.8. GW’s staunch defense, which ranks 74th-best in the country, also concedes just 66.6 points per game compared to 77.7 by the Minutemen’s.

Even if McDonald, who averages 7.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, does not play Tuesday, GW’s trio of guards off the bench in Paul Jorgensen, Alex Mitola and Matt Hart proved Saturday they are capable of picking up the slack by combining for 31 points.

The case for the Minutemen:
Senior guard Trey Davis (18.7 PPG) and sophomore guard Donte Clark (18.0 PPG) captain a high-powered Massachusetts offense averaging 77.9 points per game, fourth-best in the A-10, to GW’s 75.9.

The Minutemen hold an RPI ranking of just 135 compared to GW’s 30, but could frustrate the visitors, who are a perfect 10-0 at home but have split their four games on the road, if they are able to solve the Colonials’ defense.

Despite a stellar 75.9 percent clip from the foul line by GW, Massachusetts also holds a slight edge in three-point shooting, going 34.7 percent from beyond the arc on the season. If the Minutemen can exploit their home court advantage by slowing down the Colonials’ offense and staying hot offensively, they could pull off their first Top-100 RPI win this year.

The bottom line:
Still in search of its first conference win on the road, a big victory at Massachusetts would offer a much needed confidence boost for GW before visiting A-10 powerhouse Dayton on Friday. But the Colonials must come out focused and not overlook their opponent in a league where no win comes easily.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Marty Fenn.

On a day in which the women’s basketball team hosted over 1,000 D.C.-area students at the Smith Center, Jonquel Jones showed the younger generation just what kind of star power she possesses.

Jones poured in 19 points and added 17 rebounds with four assists, including a perfect 7-7 clip from the free throw line, in the Colonials’ 68–52 victory over Rhode Island Wednesday afternoon. The win pushed GW’s overall win streak to seven games.

“[Jonquel] had a really good mix of things today,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “She finished well and got into good spots where she could work the high-low game with Caira [Washington]. I think the biggest thing for JJ moving forward is knowing how she can make some of her shots even easier, because she has so many advantages offensively.”

The Colonials (12-3, 2-0 A-10) used an 11–0 run to break open a 20–6 lead early into the second quarter, only to watch the Rams (6-8, 0-2 A-10) cut the deficit to 31–29 early into the third. However, the Colonials bit back, countering with an 18–5 run to close out the quarter, and effectively put a stamp on their 12th win of the season.

A major turning point came when the Rams were forced to send forward Samantha Tabakman to the bench for early foul trouble. This prompted coach Tsipis to switch from a man-to-man defense to a zone, forcing Rhode Island into long jumpers and contested three pointers. The rams shot just 29.4 percent from the field, and were 6-30 from beyond the arc.

“I think the zone gave us good energy, and we rebounded well out of it,” Tsipis said. “Obviously they were forced into some tough shots from three, and we were able to give JJ some time in the middle, so they couldn’t really get penetration and having Tabakman out took away from their dribble drive.”

With the defense locking things down, Jones and Washington, who scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half, and pulled down seven offensive rebounds, propelled the offense.

Washington was everywhere offensively and defensively, and stressed the importance of being in motion and getting the ball inside.

“It’s a big role of mine to keep moving and get to the glass hard whether we’re n offense or on defense,” Washington said. “When we get the ball into the post, the defense has to either play that post man or stay outside and try to guard us, so that’s why we get good looks inside.

The Colonials’ staple all year has been defense and rebounding, and they dominated on the boards again, outrebounding the Rams 55-29 and swallowing up 22 offensive rebounds. However, coach Tsipis’ team struggled to take care of the ball once again, surrendering 24 turnovers.

“Rhode Island is very aggressive in their zone and they cause a lot of deflections,” Tsipis said. “There were times when we got caught too deep in our penetration, but I think a lot of these mistakes are very fixable and we just have to make sure we’re disciplined.”

In addition to the 16-point win, Tsipis also discussed what the field trip promotion meant to the program, the players, and the kids.

“It’s important that we serve as role models, both on and off the court,” Tsipis said. “Our players have been to every one of those schools, and some of these kids may have taken pictures with our players or know their names and numbers. The team loves that, and we love the opportunities that we get to serve as role models.”

In search of their third straight A-10 victory, the Colonials face a tough test Sunday in Dayton, Ohio where they will take on the Flyers. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.

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Fresh off his first career multi-goal performance last Saturday, sophomore forward Christian Lawal earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.

Lawal provided GW with both an equalizer and a game-winner during the second half of his team’s 2–1, come-from-behind victory over Davidson. GW’s second consecutive win to open A-10 play snapped Davidson’s school-record 16-game home unbeaten streak.

The Pembury, England native has registered three goals on the year, second-most on the team, already matching the offensive output of his rookie season.

The award is the first of Lawal’s career, and the second time a Colonial received the honor this year. Junior forward Garrett Heine, who leads GW with five goals and three assists, earned the accolade on Aug. 31 after netting five points on opening weekend.

Monday’s announcement also marked the first time two Colonials have been honored during the same season since 2011.

GW (4-5-0, 1-0 A-10) looks for its third straight win at Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Senior Chakecia Miller drives past a defender in a game against Bowie State during her senior season. Hatchet File Photo.

Senior Chakecia Miller drives past a defender in a game against Bowie State during her senior season. Hatchet File Photo.

Recent women’s basketball graduate Chakecia Miller has been named GW’s nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the league announced Friday.

Miller, who ran the point as a senior during much of the Colonials’ record-breaking 2014-15 season, is one of 480 student-athletes nominated this year, the most in the history of the NCAA Woman of the Year program. The program honors academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from Divisions I, II and III.

The San Antonio, Texas native finished her collegiate career with 275 steals, good for 4th most in program history. She also finished her time at GW ranked 10th with 385 assists and tied for 7th with 125 games played.

Miller averaged 6.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game during the Colonials’ 29-win season, en route to the team’s first A-10 title since 2003 and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008.

The psychology major graduated with a 3.21 GPA and accumulated more than 50 hours of community service as a GW student. Miller was also a three-year member of GW’s Leadership Academy and a two-time Student-Athlete Advisory Council team representative.

Miller now advances to the Atlantic 10 Conference ballot for a chance to be selected to advance to the national ballot. The 2015 Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 18.

Sarah-Jo Lawrence, also a former guard for the women’s basketball team, was the last Colonial to advance to the national ballot in 2008.

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The Atlantic 10 announced its women’s basketball league pairings for the upcoming 2015-15 season on Thursday.

A 16-game conference schedule for each of the A-10’s 14 members will allow every team to play each other at least once and three teams twice.

Reigning A-10 champion GW will take on Dayton, George Mason and Richmond both home and away next season. The Colonials played the same three teams twice in 2014-15, going 6-0 en route to a final regular season A-10 record of 15-1.

GW will also host La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and VCU at the Smith Center, and pay visits to Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph’s next season.

The Colonials are coming off one of their best seasons in program history. After defeating Dayton in the A-10 championship final, the historic, 29-win campaign was cut short by a first round loss to No. 11 Gonzaga in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

The league as a whole also sent five teams to the postseason in 2015, while three A-10 players were selected in the 2015 WNBA draft.

The 2016 A-10 women’s basketball championship will be played March 2-6, 2016 at the Richmond Coliseum.

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Freshman pitcher Sarah Costlow and junior first baseman Carlee Gray each earned Atlantic 10 postseason honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Costlow’s record-setting freshman campaign earned her a spot on the All-Rookie team, while Gray was selected to the All-Academic team, collecting the second A-10 postseason award of her career.

Costlow achieved a team-best 16-17 record on the mound this season and set the program’s single-season wins record on Sunday, surpassing the mark previously set by Kara Clauss in 2012. The first-year ace finished the year with a 3.89 ERA and a team-leading 19 complete games and 190.2 innings pitched, more than any other freshman in GW history.

“Sarah has gained a tremendous amount of experience this season and will be so much better because of it,” head coach Stacey Schramm said in a release. “I am glad that she’s been rewarded for her contributions to the team this year because it is much-deserved.”

Gray was also selected to the All-Rookie team in 2012, but was honored this year for her 3.72 GPA and offensive play. She led all GW hitters with a .369 batting average, and ranked second-best on the team with 23 RBI, 48 hits and a .487 on base percentage. Gray is majoring in marketing and sport, event and hospitality management.

Defensively, the co-captain also committed only two errors in 46 starts, posting a .995 fielding percentage in her penultimate season.

“Carlee really stepped up this year in more ways than one,” Schramm said. “By the middle of the season, the coaching staff determined that she deserved to be a co-captain alongside of Tori Valos and Sam Dos Santos. She holds herself to high standards on and off the field while not allowing herself to get too high or too low. She is consistent in her work, attitude and effort and I’m thankful that she is being recognized for it.”

The Colonials finished their 2014-15 campaign at 25-23 overall and 7-14 in conference play, leaving them out of postseason play for the second season in a row.

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