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Junior Jonquel Jones receives the ball outside the paint in GW's last home game against Duquesne. Jones contributed a game-high 16 rebounds in GW's 67-48 win over La Salle on Saturday. The Colonials tallied 63 boards in the game, the most since 2008. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor.

Junior Jonquel Jones receives the ball outside the paint in GW’s last home game against Duquesne. Jones contributed a game-high 16 rebounds in GW’s 67-48 win over La Salle on Saturday. The Colonials tallied 63 boards in the game, the most since 2008. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

Despite shooting just 27.5 percent from the field, the Colonials’ defense was able to create turnovers and dominate the glass to help earn GW a 67-48 victory at La Salle on Saturday afternoon.

Junior forward Jonquel Jones notched her seventh double-double of the season with a team-high 12 points and 16 rebounds, followed closely by freshman Kelli Prange, who added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Although La Salle was physical down low early in the first half, GW was patient and regained its footing in the paint to lead by as much as 20 points in the second. After a three from freshman Mia Farmer closed out the game, the Colonials had secured their 16th consecutive win.

“[La Salle] wasn’t really doing anything special. I just felt like our shots weren’t dropping,” Jones said. “The shots that we took in the first half were the same shots that we always take, so we needed to rely on our defense.”

To open the first frame, GW ran a man defense to test La Salle’s speed. The Explorers started with a strong tempo and were within a possession six minutes into the game, but were not able to compete against the Colonials’ pressure on defense. GW finished with 14 steals and an obscene 63 rebounds, the most in a game since 2008, with the frontcourt of Jones, sophomore Caira Washington and Prange leading the pack with a combined 32 boards.

Even when shots were not falling in the their favor, the Colonials made sure they got extra chances. The Explorers struggled to get set in the half court without coughing up the ball, which helped GW accumulate 18 points off turnovers.

“I think we had a really good awareness in the press and in the half-court defense, [we knew] where our help had to come from,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “People really understood their assignments.”

Eventually the ball did start to roll for the Colonials. As La Salle’s posts failed to be alert and ready to receive the ball, the Colonials were able to capitalize on the Explorers’ turnovers and close out the half up 35-20. The Explorers finished the game with 24 giveaways after averaging only 15 per game on the season. They had 17 at halftime.

During the break, Tsipis told his team to concentrate on getting more offensive rebounds to attain second-chance points, as his team did not execute in transition the way that he wanted them to in the first.

The Colonials listened, coming out of the break with a full-court press. Riding the momentum, back-to-back makes by Jones and sophomore guard Shannon Cranshaw forced La Salle to call a timeout with GW up by 19.

Despite being 2-8 on the season when they are trailing at the half, the Explorers began gaining momentum with three-point shooting in the second and were able close the gap to 41-31. But La Salle’s drive was short lived as players began rushing their opportunities to ultimately shoot just 25.8 percent after halftime.

A few plays later, GW’s posts spread the floor, allowing freshman guard Brianna Cummings to drive the lane. She was fouled on the way in, knocked down two shots from the line and propelled GW back to a strong, 47-31 advantage that kept growing.

With a week of practice before GW’s next contest, Tsipis said his team will work on meshing offensive execution with perimeter defense and rebounding to prepare for the upcoming schedule.

“You only get one bye during the A-10 season, and I think we spend time during the first part of the week on conditioning and getting lifts in, but its just as important that we get a mental break,” Tsipis said.

The Colonials will return to action Saturday to take on George Mason in Fairfax, Va. at 2 p.m.

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Senior guard Lauren Chase was part of a core group of perimeter defenders that held Duquesne to its lowest shooting percentage on 3-pointers since the A-10 tournament last year. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor.

Senior guard Lauren Chase was part of a core group of perimeter defenders that held Duquesne to its lowest shooting percentage on 3-pointers since the A-10 tournament last year. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor.


This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

The leading scorer for the Dukes sank a 3-pointer from the top of key, draining it over the outstretched hand of Jonquel Jones.

Nothing too out of the norm for Duquesne – the Atlantic 10’s top 3-point shooting team – but it was anything but the usual Wednesday night in the Smith Center as the Colonials locked down.

“We turned it up another level today,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said of his defense.

Star guard April Robinson made her team’s first trey of the game with 5:30 to play, down 70-44. The Colonials, now ranked nationally at No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, were well on their way to their 15th straight win. Robinson hit one more in the final minutes, irrelevant in the 83-56 blowout.

The Dukes finished 2-13 from behind the line, good for 15.4 percent. Heading into the game, Duquesne was first in the conference with a 36.3 3-point field goal percentage, second in scoring offense at 74.9 points per game and near the top of many of the league’s rebounding and assists numbers. An all around good offensive team.

Their problem? They ran into a GW team that is not only tied for first with the Duke Blue Devils for the best rebounding margin in the nation, but a Colonials crew that put some defensive lapses on the road behind them and turned them into critical points at home.

Before heading out on a two-game road trip to Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tsipis had a long talk with his players about where they were in the league defensively. But in truth it was the Colonials offense that was showcased on the trip and the team leaned on scoring potency instead of stopping their opposition.

That changed back in the Smith Center, as depth and speed caused trouble for Duquesne in the Smith Center. Guards like sophomores Hannah Schaible and Shannon Cranshaw, senior Chakecia Miller and senior Lauren Chase helped extend the GW defense. The Dukes attempted seven threes in the first half, but rarely with an open look.

“All of a sudden to know, we have the depth right now where we can play people for three and a half to four minute spurts and they can play as hard as possible and as locked in, and we’re going to get them a break,” Tsipis said. “And to be able to do that on the defensive end and then the ability to get out and run in transition.”

Schaible credited “intelligent play,” and an in depth scouting report from assistant coach Bill Ferrara shaped a diligent defense.

“Whether it’s a shooter or a driver, we were set and basically knew what we had to do to keep them at bay and win the game,” Jones said, who finished with 22 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.

Every player on the court for Duquesne had an individual scouting report, one that prompted players to go under the screen on some ball screens and over on others, like with Robinson.

“We focused a lot on chasing them off the 3-point line so that they can’t even get those shots up,” Schaible said.

Chasing was the keyword, one that Tsipis used as well. The man to man defense spread into a full court zone for long stretches in the first half, creating turnovers and forcing shooters into an unnatural spot in the half court. Guards would often extend out to the 3-point line when defending the basket.

The last time Duquesne finished with such a low 3-point field goal percentage was against Fordham last year in the A-10 tournament, hitting 1-11 then. GW has had one of the top 3-point field defenses all season long. They are second in the conference, allowing opponents just a 26 percent accuracy rate on the three.

Though players like Jones get much of the credit for the number in front of GW’s name, all 14 Colonials on the active roster got a piece of the action, able to defend the target now on their back.

“You saw today there was a tremendous amount of pride that we put ourselves in position to be successful,” Tsipis said. “One through 14, they all knew exactly what those kids could do. It’s one thing to know, it’s a second to carry it out.

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Senior Chakecia Miller dribbles past Duqesne's defense Tuesday night. The Colonials squashed the Dukes 83-56, remaining undefeated in conference play. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Senior Chakecia Miller dribbles past Duquesne’s defense Tuesday night. The Colonials squashed the Dukes 83-56, remaining undefeated in conference play. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

There’s winning, and then there’s what the Colonials did to Duquesne.

GW toppled the Dukes on Wednesday in its first game boasting a number in front of its name after climbing into the USA Today Coach’s poll at No. 24. Junior forward Jonquel Jones’ typically stellar night propelled the Colonials to an 83-56 victory.

Sophomore guard Hannah Schaible said the GW coaching staff scouted the Dukes perfectly. Facing off against the No. 1 three-point shooting team in the Atlantic 10, GW rolled out a relentless perimeter defense to compliment its always-strong rebounding game. The plan started with Duquesne’s star shooter April Robinson, who head coach Jonathan Tsipis said he wanted to give “no room to breathe.”

It worked, as Robinson was held in check with 12 points on 4-13 shooting, and the Colonials allowed only two threes on the night and forced the Dukes into 15 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

“We focused a lot on chasing them off the three-point line so that they can’t even get those shots up,” Schaible said. “If we focus on having so much pressure that they don’t even feel comfortable at getting an open look, then they can’t make them because they have to push them inside.”

GW in turn stepped up its guard play, sinking five threes on 14 attempts to improve on a 0-7 night at the three-point line last time out against Rhode Island.

The ranking could have been baggage, but the Colonials had no letdown in front of the home crowd.

Jones was the leader of the charge, notching an impressive 22 points and 17 rebounds on the night, pacing both teams. She rarely missed, going 9-14 from the field and 4-4 from the free-throw line.

The beatdown was relentless. GW extended its lead to as much 32 points in the second half. While the Dukes scrambled to get out of their shooting slump, GW shot nearly 50 percent from the field and converted 71.4 percent from the charity stripe on the night.

They built up points off turnovers, on second chances and off the fast break. GW had eight fast-break points going into halftime to zero for Duquesne. The guards – particularly Lauren Chase, who was responsible for six of GW’s 16 assists – were able to field the ball accurately into the posts, run coast-to-coast on transition and bring on a deep threat with pressure along the perimeter.

“They have to be in position … if they’re not going to shoot that three, to get that next best shot, if that means it’s from 17 feet,” Tsipis said. “We need them to shoot it because even if they miss, I like our chances to get on the offensive glass.”

Schaible paced the Colonials with four steals, contributing to the team’s total of 13. Coming off her second double-double of the season, Schaible amassed 13 points and one rebound Wednesday night.

For the second time in the match, GW was able to capture a 30-point lead after senior Chakecia Miller drove into the basket for a quick layup that brought the team to a 70-40 advantage. Even with sophomore forward Caira Washington on the bench after accumulating four fouls, the Colonials maintained a confident lead throughout and still out-rebounded Duquesne, though only by one at 40-39.

GW’s bench got in the game during the final minutes. Junior forward DaLacy Anderson hit the final three-pointer, freshman guard Camila Tapias added to the scoreboard with a jumper and freshman forward Mia Farmer knocked down a free throw.

The Colonials now have a number in front of their name and a player in Jones who is having entire game plans designed to stop her. But Tsipis said his mindset hasn’t changed.

“I think the understanding that it’s great for our kids. It’s great for our team. It’s great for our program,” Tsipis said. “I think the biggest part of it, I still go back to what I said when I sat on April 7, 2012 – I want to get better everyday. I told the team at practice yesterday that we had a good practice, I said, ‘Guys, I just want to go 1-0 tomorrow.’ That is the goal.”

GW next heads to Philadelphia to face La Salle on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Sophomore guard Hannah Schaible goes to the basket in a game earlier this season. Schaible led the Colonials with 14 points Sunday as GW matched the best start in program history with the road win. Hatchet File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Sophomore guard Hannah Schaible goes to the basket in a game earlier this season. Schaible led the Colonials with 14 points Sunday as GW matched the best start in program history with the road win. Hatchet File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

Despite almost succumbing to their “achilles heel” by amassing 19 turnovers, GW defeated UMass 69-54 Sunday with a resurgent presence at the perimeter.

The Colonials extend their winning streak to 14 and advance to 16-2, matching the best 18-game start in program history and achieving the six-longest active win streak in Division I.

Sophomore Hannah Schaible led the Colonials with 14 points and 10 rebounds, matching her highest scoring game of conference play and helping GW remain the only undefeated team in the conference.

“I was able to get midrange because they had been focusing so much on post players because they are such a key part of our offense,” Schaible said. “When there was so much focus on them, it really gives the guards space to get shots open.”

Despite attention to the paint, junior Jonquel Jones followed Schaible in scoring with 13 points and 10 rebounds, racking up yet another double-double. Jones is the only player in conference averaging a double-double.

The Colonials opened the game on an 18-2 run as the Minutewomen amassed six turnovers in just four minutes of play. With full court press establishing an upbeat tempo, GW succeeded in attacking the gaps against the zone and stopping UMass off the boards.

The game took on the aura of a track match, and the Minutemen weren’t able to compete with GW’s speed and post players that still got up and down the floor with ease.

GW stretched the lead to 18, but Jones and sophomore Caira Washington were sent to the bench with two fouls apiece and the Minutewomen capitalized on the holes left on the floor and suddenly slow transition play from GW.

“I think we tried to squeeze the ball in a couple of places that it didn’t fit or make the decision with the kind of pass we wanted to throw,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “I think some of that part of things is us being able to make the same plays for forty minutes.”

Moving into the last seven minutes of the period, UMass continued to get more active on the offensive boards, and chipped away with a 6-0 mini-run to pull within ten at the half, 36-26.

GW came out the locker room ready to battle. With their firepower inside, the Colonials elevated to a strong 58-42 lead. Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw knocked down two three-pointers, after the Colonials went 0-7 from behind the arc in last week’s matchup against Rhode Island. Cranshaw notched her career-best six assists to give the Colonials a more more perimeter-oriented threat.

With under 8 minutes to go in regulation, UMass junior Amber Dillon cut to the hoop on a fast break, allowing UMass to cut the lead to 58-46. UMass again cut GW’s lead to ten, but guards got key shots and steals to keep the game in check.

After about a four minute drought, GW got the lead back to 12, 66-52, after a layup and two points from the charity stripe by Miller. Both teams got scrappy in the paint, trading fouls and driving up the score until the Colonials pulled out the 15 point win.

“We got a little bit jumper-happy and had some turnovers in transition that I think we capitalized on in the first half,” Tsipis said. “You have to give UMass credit because they kept fighting and fighting and fighting. I liked the way our team was able to get stops down the stretch, and be able to make free throws to be able to extend it out to a 15 point game.”

GW returns to the Smith Center on Wednesday to host Duquesne at 7 p.m.

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Jonquel Jones drives past a Richmond defender to attempt a shot. Even as the focus of opposing game plans, Jones has four consecutive double-doubles and is creating space for other post players. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Jonquel Jones drives past a Richmond defender to attempt a shot. Even as the focus of opposing game plans, Jones has four consecutive double-doubles and is creating space for other post players. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

Four games into Atlantic 10 play, it seems like women’s basketball tells the same story over and over again. Opponents have been forced to read GW’s ‘Tale of Two Posts,’ and accept the inevitable conclusion of junior Jonquel Jones and sophomore Caira Washington scoring a barrage of points on a bi-weekly basis.

That happened last season too, with one notable exception. Jones and Washington often struggled to have big games at the same time. That is no longer the case.

“As we play each game, I think people understand the importance of Jonquel to our team and people are devising entire game plans around her,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “Caira was really good at setting the tone of us getting the ball inside and getting it at the rim.”

Even when taking the bulk of defensive attention, Jones is still scoring alongside Washington, who gets to reap the benefits of the extra space. They’d often alternate: one with a 20 point performance but the other shut down and then switch the next games as scouting reports switched their focus or one of them would be determined to have a bounce-back performance.

One example is the Colonials game last year against Rhode Island. Jones scored 17 points while Washington didn’t score.

But Thursday on the road against the Rams, Washington demonstrated her ability to get active on the offensive glass by pacing both teams with 17 points and shooting 72.7 percent from the field. Jones scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds, her ninth of the season.

One difference from last year to this year is the addition of freshman Kelli Prange, who also notched 11 points up front for the Colonials along with seven rebounds. With the addition of yet another towering post, who also happens to be a threat to score off the three ball, Jones and Washington have been able to have huge nights at the same time.

Jones has four consecutive double-doubles, and Washington hasn’t scored less than 14 points in a game in over a month. Prange is also taking advantage of the spread floor by trailing only Jones and Washington with 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. For those keeping score at home that means the trio up front is averaging a combined 38.8 points and 26.1 rebounds per game.

The Colonials 18 assists on 24 made field goals against Rhode Island show that the team is excelling at finding space and quality shots. With the number of options up front, someone is almost always able to get open.

“Right now we are struggling from the three-point line, but I think our guards did a good job in the second half of putting the ball on the ground and getting the defense to commit and then getting another touch in the paint,” Tsipis said.

Teams have tried to stop GW’s inside game by pushing the tempo to try to throw the Colonials off in transition, so Tsipis said the team will focus on maintaining composure and vision even when working quickly and facing heavy pressure in the half court.

“There were times that we didn’t have a great shot in transition, we were able to settle in and make connections on the half court,” Tsipis said. “On the road, if teams try to change the tempo and send more people back to stop us in transition, then we need to be able to execute.”

GW heads to Amherst to take on Massachusetts at 2 p.m. on Sunday before returning home to the Smith Center on Wednesday.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

With a 59-49 victory at Rhode Island Thursday night, women’s basketball secured its 13th consecutive victory.

Sophomore forward Caira Washington led all players with 17 points and added nine rebounds, while junior forward Jonquel Jones posted her ninth double-double, and fourth in a row, with 10 points and 18 rebounds as well as a game-high five blocks. Senior guard Chakecia Miller also recorded a game leading six assists en route to the ten point GW win.

“I know when you go on the road it’s a war and not the prettiest picture,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “But I’m really proud of the way our kids responded.”

The Colonials (15-2, 4-0) used a familiar game plan to defeat the Rams on the road. GW dominated down low, outrebounding their opponent 52-46 while also outscoring the Rams 34-14 in the paint.

The Colonials came into the contest ranked first in the country with a +15.2 rebounding margin, however, URI finished with 17 second chance points to GW’s 16.

“It was a defensive game today but I believe on the offensive side my teammates worked really hard to try to cut to the basket and I was able to find them,” Miller said.

From the field, the Colonials shot 41.4 percent on the night, going  48.3 percent in the second half. On the other side of the court,  they were able to hold the Rams, who have the worst scoring offense in the Atlantic 1o, to only a 23.2 percent field goal percentage on the night.

Since the start of conference play, Tsipis said GW’s offensive game plan has been helped by developing self awareness.

“We understand who we are,” Tsipis said. “We like to work from the inside out and our guards put themselves in positions knowing that Jonquel and Caira and even Kelli [Prange] are going to see a lot of bodies around themselves.”

GW also got significant help from its bench, as eight different players would put points on the board for the road team. The Colonials would score 18 points off the bench to URI’s 9.

Despite only pulling away during the second half, the Colonials consistently maintained a lead they secured just three minutes into the game, leading by as much as 18 with 12 minutes remaining.

The opening half was a defensive struggle, with the Colonials shooting 35 percent from the field and URI only 20 percent. GW had the biggest lead of the half, leading by eight with just under six minutes remaining, but would head into the locker room up 25-19.

Washington led all players at the half with 8 points and added 4 rebounds, while Jones led the game with 10 first half boards and put up four first half points. The Colonials also outrebounded the Rams 30-24 and had a 16-8 advantage in the paint in the first frame.

The Colonials return to action Sunday when they travel to Amherst to take on Massachusetts.

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Jonquel Jones drives past a Richmond defender to attempt a shot. Jones finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Jonquel Jones drives past a Richmond defender to attempt a shot. Jones finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

The lead ballooned to 14 points and head coach Jonathan Tsipis bellowed. His players walked to the sidelines with swagger, the bench on their feet and the head coach thrilled. A few minutes to play, and GW was on its way to extending its win streak to 12 straight.

GW (14-2, 3-0) would go on to win 77-67, though it took some time to find a rhythm against Richmond (9-6, 1-2). It wasn’t until the end of the game that GW pulled away as rebounding – a usual strong suit for the third-highest rebounding team in the country – posed an initial problem for the Colonials.

“Us as a team, we focus on rebounding so much to the point that when we’re off, you feel it,” junior Jonquel Jones said. “Then coach coming into the locker room and putting it up on the board and challenging us to go out there and get on the glass was an eye opener for us as well. We just wanted to come out there and do what we had to do to get the win.”

The challenge worked – GW outscored Richmond 40-34 in the second half. The Colonials flipped the rebounding margin from plus-one at halftime to plus-12 in the second half, out-rebounding the Spiders 25-13, with a 12 to 5 margin on the offensive glass all in the second half.

Scoring, though, was rarely much of an issue for the Colonials. Four players finished in double figures, with Naismith Trophy candidate Jonquel Jones tallying a stat line of 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks.

Jones looked like James out there – LeBron James. As one of the biggest players on the court, she would collect the defensive rebound, head down the court with a full head of steam and finesse her way over smaller bodies to finish for two points. Jones said she worked on that this off season, and that pushing the ball was a goal for the game.

“You know what, when you’re struggling to score it doesn’t take rocket science to throw it number 35,” Tsipis said. “She expects to go 14 for 14.”

On the defensive end, GW was strongest when converting turnovers into baskets. The Colonials finished with 20 points off of turnovers and the Spiders finished with 16 of their own, leading to several runs in a game that Tsipis called a “tale of three things.” Transition baskets were the first of the three, along with increasing ball touches inside and a long 2-3 zone, which halted a Spiders third-best 3-point shooting team to 4-18 behind the arc.

The Colonials held in check Richmond’s redshirt senior Genevieve Okoro, the third-best rebounder in the conference. She finished with four rebounds, four fewer than her average. Jones and sophomore Caira Washington, the first and sixth top rebounders in the conference, respectively, totaled 19 rebounds combined. Washington also added 14 points.

Senior Chakecia Miller helped lead the zone and occasional press. She was a sharp anticipator, finishing with four steals, three coming in the second half. The guard finished with a season-high 16 points, four off her career high, along with six assists.

“That’s what coach emphasized at half time – just play at our pace and just go out at them, attack them,” Miller said. “I think that’s what we did in the second half.”

Sophomore Hannah Schaible and junior Alexis Chandler played important minutes in the second half, knocking down clutch baskets to keep the Colonials’ lead, which shrunk to as little as three points. Schaible was the fourth GW player to reach double digits in the game, with her typical stat-stuffer line of 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“It’s great to get the conference win to hold serve at home and then some situations we haven’t had happen in the first 15 games that I think will make us a better team,” Tsipis said.

The win marks 12 straight, keeping them perfect in conference play and likely edging them closer to a top 25 national ranking. The Colonials next play at Rhode Island on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Sophomore guard Hannah Schaible goes to the basket in a game earlier this season. Schaible stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in GW's 83-69 win over Saint Joseph's. Hatchet File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Sophomore guard Hannah Schaible goes to the basket in a game earlier this season. Schaible stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in GW’s 83-69 win over Saint Joseph’s. File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Updated: Jan. 8, 2015 at 8:28 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

GW took down Saint Joseph’s 83-69 by dismantling the Hawks’ offense prowess with a clear game plan: use accurate entry passes to feed the post and capitalize on a dominant game inside with fast-break chances.

It worked, giving the Colonials their 11th straight win and moving GW to 2-0 in conference play.

Sophomore forward Caira Washington knocked down a game-high 23 points, while junior forward Jonquel Jones and sophomore guard Hannah Schaible followed suit with double-digit finishes, racking up 16 and 14 points, respectively. Jones notched her fifth double-double in the last six games, her seventh of the season, with 14 rebounds.

“It’s great to be able to come back off a high emotional game like Sunday and not feel like we were lackadaisical to start the game,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “We were pretty focused, and I think you have to key our leadership and understanding of we can get great shots if Caira and Jonquel get touches because it opens everything up for everyone else on the floor.”

GW came out swinging, building an 11-point lead early capped by two free throws from senior guard Lauren Chase.

Chase kept the momentum going with back-to-back dimes. She fed the posts, finding Jones and freshman forward Kelli Prange to put the Colonials up 19-7.

But the Colonials began to have trouble pulling away from the Hawks and became stagnant offensively. After allowing the Hawks to be within four (32-28), the Colonials were able to storm back with shutdown defense after Tsipis called a timeout.

Freshman Caira Washington goes up for a shot last season. Washington scored 23 points for the second straight game as the Colonials won their eleventh straight. Hatchet File Photo

Then-freshman Caira Washington goes up for a shot last season. Washington scored 23 points for the second straight game as the Colonials won their 11th straight. Hatchet File Photo

To close out the first period, GW went on a commanding 11-2 run in the final two minutes to elevate to a 13-point lead. The Colonials entered the locker room after sophomore Shannon Cranshaw laid it in at the horn to propel her team to its largest lead at 43-30.

When the entry passes from the guards were spot on, the posts were able to take care of the ball, especially with two post players missing from the Hawks’ lineup due to injury. GW had a 50-20 advantage in the paint and shot over 47 percent to Saint Joe’s 39.

“During half time, we told them we had to crash the boards harder and get on the board, make sure we follow the long shots and box out,” Washington said.

With strong offensive rebounds, GW retained the advantage in the paint and towered over the Hawks by 20 points. The Colonials succeeded with 47 total rebounds, 17 on the offensive side, while Saint Joe’s pulled down just 35. GW had an 18-0 advantage in fast-break points and a 25-10 mark in second-chance points.

But the Hawks played up to their strengths along the perimeter and knocked on the door well into the second, helped by GW’s 1-9 shooting on three pointers after the halfway mark.

Saint Joe’s cut the lead to eight after an impressive 3-pointer with 3:53 left in regulation, but GW worked the clock and kept a safe distance. Schaible took the final layup of the match with one second left on the shot clock.

As the Colonials await their next rival this weekend, Washington said the team has some refining to do.

“We need to work on not allowing the other team to get to the line and keep playing GW basketball, which is a fast-paced, up-tempo kind of play,” Washington said. “We need to get everybody involved and get the post plays to crash hard.”

The Colonials return home to the Smith Center next, matching up with Richmond on Saturday at 2 p.m.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
In a photo caption, The Hatchet incorrectly referred to Caira Washington as a freshman. Though the photo was taken during Washington’s freshman year, she is now a sophomore. We regret this error.

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Caira Washington drives into the paint in a game last season. Washington had 23 points in GW's win over Dayton Sunday as the Colonials snapped the Flyers' 31-game home winning streak. Hatchet File Photo.

Caira Washington drives into the paint in a game last season. Washington had 23 points in GW’s win over Dayton on Sunday as the Colonials snapped the Flyers’ 31-home-game winning streak. Hatchet File Photo.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

With 10 seconds left in GW’s conference opener against Dayton on Sunday and the Colonials up by one, reigning Atlantic 10 player of the year Andrea Hoover missed a layup.

The Flyers had nothing left to do but foul and, as sophomore guard Hannah Schaible got to the stripe for a pair of free throws, tension hung in the UD Arena, where the crowd hadn’t felt a loss in 31 straight home games, the longest-lasting home streak in the nation.

“You can’t focus on, ‘Oh, this is the clutch shot,’ or things like that. You just need to focus in and think, ‘This is just like any other shot,’” Schaible said. “I was thinking, ‘Just need to get it off quick, get it off right.’ With the free throws, I knew I missed two earlier and I needed to get these up because I don’t want to walk away from the line without making two.”

Schaible sank her freebies and the streak was over with the Colonials (12-2) topping the Flyers 69-66, stretching their win streak to 10 games on the strength of 47 points from frontcourt pair Jonquel Jones and Caira Washington.

Jones earned a double-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds, leading all scorers, and Washington added 23 points and six rebounds.

Though this was the first match of the season in which the Colonials did not win the rebounding margin (42-44), the posts were merciless in the paint and halted Dayton’s advances late in the second half when the game came down to the wire.

“Rebounding was really important today. Like we always we do, we try to defend the zone with our rebounding,” Jones said. “They are a really big team, a really physical team, and we wanted to limit them to one offensive possession, and we found it was a big part of the game to get them out of their momentum.”

GW was the early aggressor, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after senior guard Chakecia Miller converted an and-one opportunity. Yet the Flyers (9-4) bounced back with a strong transition game while the Colonials’ edge disappeared when they strangely missed several layups.

Dayton had taken the lead in the first half until Schaible put up a quick shot at the buzzer to tie the match at 32 heading into the lockers.

“I think the focus of the game was that we knew it was going to be two good teams that were going to make runs, and again we knew throughout the game that we needed to keep things tight,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said.

The Flyers came out hot in the second half. Dayton jumped out to a seven-point lead, 43-36, with an 11-point run, forcing Tsipis to call a timeout.

The timeout proved to be effective as GW matched by going on a 10-0 run capped by a transition layup from Schaible, the type that kept missing the hoop in the first half.

Tsips said the one word to describe what his team had Sunday was “poise,” as the Colonials took a bit of revenge after getting booted from the A-10 tournament in the semifinals by the Flyers last season. Dayton turned the ball over 23 times in the game, though the Colonials gave away the ball 19 times themselves.

The Colonials will look to maintain their confidence and composure when they head home to host Saint Joseph’s in the second match of conference play Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith Center.

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Sophomore Hannah Schaible reaches for the ball in the Colonials' win over Georgetown earlier this season. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Sophomore Hannah Schaible reaches for the ball in the Colonials’ win over Georgetown earlier this season. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

Women’s basketball closed out 2014 with its ninth straight win, dominating Towson on the road 82-48 on Wednesday.

The Colonials (11-2) closed out the non-conference schedule on a high note against the Tigers, winning their final game heading into Atlantic 10 play Sunday.

GW controlled the game from the very beginning. The Colonials jumped out to a quick lead, recording 14 of the game’s first 16 points en route to a 48-21 lead at the half. GW scored the first basket of the game just nine seconds in, giving them a lead they would never relinquish. The team’s largest lead was 34 with nine minutes to go in the second half, and the win brought revenge for the squad that lost a tight game to the Tigers last season.

“Just stepping off the bus today, everybody was locked in,” junior Jonquel Jones said. “I felt like we had a lot to prove with what happened last year in terms of them coming into GW and stealing a win from us.”

Sophomore Caira Washington led all players with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Jones led the team with eight rebounds and scored 18 points. Sophomore Hannah Schaible led all players with six assists while scoring seven points and pulling in four rebounds.

GW used a familiar game plan to control the contest, scoring 50 of 82 points in the paint while holding Towson to only 16. The team also held a 47-32 rebounding advantage and scored 18 second-chance points, while Towson scored nine. The Colonials shot 54 percent from the field and held Towson to 34 percent.

“It was really the whole team that was able to get the ball in and help the post players,” Jones said. “We were able to capitalize, but I feel that it was the whole team that allowed that to happen.”

The GW defense also continued to excel, as the game marked the third time in the past four that the Colonials held their opponent to under 50 points. GW forced 21 turnovers in the game and turned them into 29 points.

“As a group, defense is something that means a lot to them,” Tsipis said. “If you said that to the group, they would say, ‘Well, the fourth team only had 52.’ They’re that competitive.”

In the first half, Washington led all players with 14 points in the first 20 minutes and added five rebounds. Jones scored 10 points and pulled in three boards.

GW had success in just about every aspect of the game in the first half. The team shot 56 percent from the field while holding Towson to 39 percent. The Colonials out-rebounded Towson 23-12 and outscored them 24-6 in the paint. GW held a 14-0 advantage on second-chance points and 17 points on 12 Towson turnovers.

With the win, GW now looks forward to conference play, wrapping up its road trip on Sunday against Dayton.

“The trip to Dayton is a good test to see how the team is and how the team stacks up against one of the better teams in the conference,” Jones said. “We played a non-conference schedule that prepared us for conference games, so we’re ready.”

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