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The Colonials react to the news that they will be a six seed in the NCAA tournament. GW lost its first NCAA Tournament game since 2008 Friday, falling to Gonzaga in Corvallis, Ore. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

The Colonials react to the news that they will be a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. GW lost its first NCAA Tournament game since 2008 on Friday, falling to Gonzaga in Corvallis, Ore. File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

After a program-record 29 wins, women’s basketball’s historic season has come to a close.

Sixth-seeded GW dropped its NCAA Tournament first-round game to No. 11 seed Gonzaga 82-69 Friday night in Corvallis, Ore.

“It’s sad that it’s come to an end,” senior Chakecia Miller said. “This group of girls is amazing to play with on the court and knowing that it’s over, it hurt pretty bad.”

Sophomore Hannah Schaible and freshman Kelli Prange tied for the team lead with 13 points and each added seven rebounds. Junior Jonquel Jones recorded her 20th double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw scored 11 points and tallied three rebounds.

The Colonials went into the half down 40-25 and were unable to make up the difference in the second despite outscoring Gonzaga 44-42. GW closed the gap to seven points with 39 seconds to play, but Gonzaga hit 6-6 from the free-throw line to secure the victory.

GW shot 29 percent from the field and went 5-19 from three-point range for the game. But Gonzaga shot 42.3 percent from the field and went 9-18 from beyond the arc, sharp shooting its way to victory.

The Colonials dominated on the glass, outrebounding Gonzaga 51-39 and holding a 26-16 scoring advantage in the paint and a 23-9 advantage there in the second half. But the Zags’ perfect record winning the turnover margin wouldn’t go away, and the Colonials’ Achilles’ heel hurt them on the big stage. GW surrendered 27 points on 19 turnovers, though the team scored 17 points on 17 Gonzaga turnovers.

GW also struggled with foul trouble for the majority of the game. Sophomore Caira Washington fouled out with seven minutes left in the game after scoring five points and recording four rebounds. Jones finished with four fouls after tallying three in the first half. Schaible and senior Lauren Chase also finished the game with four fouls.

“I think we allowed our frustrations on offense to take some of our intensity and the ability to anticipate on the defensive end in the first half,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said.

In the first half, Schaible led the team with nine points and added four rebounds. Jones and Prange tied for the team lead with five rebounds each.

GW struggled from the field in the opening half, shooting only 23 percent from there and 0-5 from beyond the arc, compared to Gonzaga’s 43.8 percent shooting percentage. Despite holding a 24-20 rebounding advantage, the Colonials were outscored 16-10 in the paint and 9-6 on the second chance. GW also gave up 16 points on 12 first-half turnovers.

“We wanted to go out playing our best basketball,” Tsipis said. “I don’t think we did that in the first half the way we’re capable of.”

Despite the first-round exit, there’s still plenty of optimism going around the locker room. The Zags were the cooler team, accustomed to the NCAA Tournament environment. The Colonials were in the Big Dance for the first time since 2008.

“This season felt great,” Jones said. “This is our first time playing in the NCAA Tournament, so everyone got a taste of it and we need to build on it for next year.”

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The Colonials celebrate winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title on March 1. GW defeated Dayton Sunday to win the conference postseason title, the program's first since 2003. File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

The Colonials celebrate winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title on March 1. GW defeated Dayton on Sunday to win the conference postseason title, the program’s first since 2003. File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

For the first time since 2003, No. 21 women’s basketball is the Atlantic 10 tournament champion.

GW defeated Dayton 75-62 for the third time this season to take the championship in Richmond. The win also gives the Colonials an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and sets the record for the most wins in a season in program history.

“They’re a very resilient bunch,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “When you get them all on the same page, it’s amazing the things you can accomplish.”

Junior forward Jonquel Jones led the game with 21 points and added six rebounds.

Sophomore Hannah Schaible led the game with 11 rebounds and tallied seven points. Sophomore Caira Washington recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Colonials went into the half down 37-29 and on the wrong side of a 17-11 Dayton run over the final 10:34.

GW came out of the locker room to score the first eight of 10 points in the second half and brought the game back even. Senior Chakecia Miller had six of those points.

The Colonials were able to build a double-digit lead after Jones scored seven-straight points with 10:47 left. The game did not get closer than eight points, as GW outscored Dayton 46-25 in the second half.

“The first thing we said after the half was that we didn’t want anything that we didn’t have to work for,” Jones said. “This game definitely made us work for it.”

The Colonials shot 42 percent from the field for the game and held Dayton to 36 percent. GW dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Flyers 56-43 and holding a 32-22 scoring advantage in the paint. The team also outscored Dayton 23-7 on the second chance.

One of the biggest differences for the Colonials between the first and second halves was turnovers. In the first half, GW turned over the ball 15 times, which led to 17 Dayton points. But then GW gave up zero points on only six turnovers in the second half.

“I felt that it would be a game of runs,” Tsipis said about the first half. “Every game this year against Dayton, we’ve had to battle for runs.”

Despite Jones missing significant time in the first half because of foul trouble, the Colonials still out-rebounded the Flyers 29-17. They also held a 18-14 scoring advantage in the paint and a 9-2 advantage on the second chance.

But Dayton shot 48 percent from the field, including 4-10 from beyond the arc. GW shot only 33 percent in the first half. Miller led GW in the first half with six points. Washington led all players with seven rebounds.

The Colonials now await their NCAA Tournament seed. The first round of the tournament begins March 20.

“Today is a great day to celebrate,” Jones said. “We just want to keep playing at this level going in the NCAA tournament.”

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Caption. File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

The Colonials will move on to the A-10 tournament semifinals after defeating Saint Louis 77-63 on Friday. File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

RICHMOND – It was a tale of two halves in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament for the women’s basketball team, which ultimately went on to defeat Saint Louis 77-63 on Friday.

The Colonials knew they wouldn’t have an easy path through the A-10 tournament after the Billikens knocked off VCU on Thursday – and it showed in the first half.

GW and Saint Louis, the only team to take down the Colonials during conference play, battled for the entire first frame.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was some extra motivation,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “Just because when you finish the regular season with one conference loss and you happen to be playing that same team, I’d be lying.”

The Colonials never gave up the lead, but they couldn’t put any real distance between themselves and their opponent in the first half. Saint Louis matched nearly every shot GW took, pulling even at one point midway through the half and never trailing by more than eight.

The X factor for the Colonials in the first was sophomore forward Caira Washington, who led the offense for much of that frame, scoring 14 points and pulling down seven boards. She would finish the game with 24 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double.

“[I was] just getting into the right spots,” Washington said. “They were bringing two to double [frontcourt mate Jonquel Jones], and I just make my moves as quickly as possible. That worked for me today.”

The game started to shift GW’s way almost as soon as the buzzer went off signaling the start of the second half.

Behind the strong game of GW’s two bigs, sophomore guard Hannah Schaible had a good game, tying Jones with 14 points and dishing out five assists.

“As the game moved along, more and more people contributed for us,” Tsipis said. “Hannah Schaible was really good, a huge three-pointer in the first half. As we closed the first half, it gave us the same mentality as we started the second half.”

Washington had two steals early in the second, which helped swing momentum in the direction of the Colonials. They didn’t take their foot off the gas, while Saint Louis, whose starters all played significant minutes in their win over VCU, began to slow down early.

GW would hold the lead by as much as 19 midway through the half, anchored by continued strong play from Washington and a good second half from junior forward Jones.

Jones met her season average of a double-double per game, with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and most of that came in the second frame.

Saint Louis tried to launch a late comeback, but with about 3:30 remaining, a thunderous block from Jones and a steal from senior guard Chakecia Miller a minute later were enough to slow down the Billikens.

Saint Louis would bring it as close as seven, but the Colonials had built up enough of a lead that they were able to weather the late run.

As time wound down, the Colonials kept enough distance to force Saint Louis to foul. GW twisted the knife from the charity stripe, hitting free throws late and 81 percent for the day.

Dominance on the boards was also crucial for the Colonials: They grabbed 49 boards – led by Jones’ 15 – compared to Saint Louis’ 30.

“We’re a team all year that’s taken a lot of pride about being really good defensively and making sure people don’t get extra opportunities,” Tsipis said. “Plus 19 on the rebounding margin is the first thing we look at.”

With the win, GW will move on to the semifinals Saturday to face the winner of the Fordham and Richmond game.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

Women’s basketball junior Jonquel Jones and head coach Jonathan Tsipis were named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, the league announced on Tuesday.

Jones is the seventh player in GW history to be named Player of the Year and the first since Kimberly Beck in 2008. She is also the fifth Colonial to win the Defensive Player of the Year award and the fourth player in conference history to win both awards in the same season, the first since Temple’s Shey Peddy in 2012.

The Freeport, Bahamas native and Naismith Trophy candidate was the only player in the conference to average a double-double. She was seventh in the nation with 12.5 rebounds per game, sixth in the conference with 15.3 points per game, and eighth in the conference in shooting percentage. She won seven Player of the
Week awards this season and was also selected to the A-10 All Conference First Team and the All-Defensive Team.

Tsipis is the seventh coach in program history to win Coach of the Year and first since Joe McKeown in 2007. Tsipis’ career record at GW is now 63-30 after GW tied the program record for the best 29 game record at 26-3.

Sophomore Caira Washington and freshman Kelli Prange also won honors after impressive seasons. Washington was named to the All-Conference First Team and Prange to the All-Rookie team. Washington was seventh in the conference in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and 16th in scoring (12.2 ppg). Prange averaged 8.6 points and 6 rebounds off the bench this year.

The Colonials will begin A-10 Tournament play on Friday at 11 a.m in the quarterfinals. They will face the winner of the game between VCU and Saint Louis.

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Senior guard Chakecia Miller dished out five assists with only one turnover in her final regular season game as a Colonial. GW toppled George Mason 80-45 Sunday to clinch the A-10 regular season championship. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

Senior guard Chakecia Miller dished out five assists with only one turnover in her final regular season game as a Colonial. GW toppled George Mason 80-45 Sunday to clinch the A-10 regular season championship. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

Having donned shirts celebrating a conference championship, each member of the women’s basketball team climbed a ladder on the Smith Center court and snipped off a piece of the hoop’s netting as a keepsake.

Bit by bit, they clipped apart the strings that, just minutes before, had been pushed side to side by a flurry of GW baskets in the team’s 80-45 blowout over George Mason Sunday that clinched the Colonials Atlantic 10 regular season championship.

“We were in an unbelievable attack mode from the very beginning,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “It’s one thing to score the ball, but so many of the opportunities we got were because of how aggressive and disciplined we were defensively and understood what we could be able to do with a game plan.”

Midway through the second half, sophomore guard Hannah Schaible ran down the court off the break for a layup. There wasn’t a defender in sight for the Patriots, who the Colonials then led by 41 points. Schaible led all players with a career-high 18 points in the game.

The guards, especially senior guard Chakecia Miller and senior Lauren Chase, controlled the flow of the match beginning in the first half where they combined for seven assists. GW continued to display depth from the perimeter, finishing with 20 assists on 33 made baskets.

“The focus on key players was important, when they go into double and triple team, J.J. and our low post players, just moving for the ball, moving to my teammates and helping them out, I was able to knock down shots,” Schaible said.

The Revolutionary Rivalry matchup against the 12th place Patriots may not have seemed like a gimme, something the team could overlook with the conference championship looming one week away, but GW was locked in from the start.

The Colonials jumped out to a 16 point lead, and the whole game was essentially a big GW run. The Colonials shot 9-13 in the first eight minutes of play, including two three-pointers from junior forward Jonquel Jones and sophomore guard Shannon Cranshaw.

George Mason showed some signs of life late in the first half and notched a layup and two jump shots to pull within 20 points. But GW was able to kick the lead out to 45-22 after Miller knocked down a smooth jumper going into halftime. GW headed into the lockers shooting 55.9 percent from the field, achieving offensive success by getting out in transition and being “crisp on the ball”, according to head coach Jonathan Tsipis.

Fresh out of the locker room, Jones and Chase notched back-to-back layups, forcing the Patriots’ head coach to call a timeout. Even with an extra moment to refocus, George Mason continued to scramble, allowing GW to take advantage of defensive holes in the paint and extend the lead to 59-24 after an 8-0 run.

Cranshaw soared with a three-pointer to push GW’s lead to 67-28. Accumulating 11 fast break points, GW proved it could keep the Patriots’ defense on it’s toes with guards running coast to coast and dishing out accurate entry passes.

The Colonials only coughed the ball up 11 times and were able to notch 27 points off of 23 George Mason turnovers.

The Colonials also finished with 26 bench points to the Patriots’ 19, including three-pointers from freshman guard Mia Farmer and junior guard Aaliyah Brown in the final five minutes of play, and as the final buzzer sounded the Colonials had officially locked the best record in the Conference over last year’s regular season champions Dayton.

“To win the championship outright was something we had talked about over the last week, Tsipis said.”We had the opportunity to control our own destiny.”

With a first and second round bye, the Colonials will compete in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Richmond on Friday. GW will face the winner of the Nos. 8 and 9 seed game at 11 a.m.

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Senior guard Lauren Chase reels in the ball in a game earlier this season. Chase scored 16 points and dished out five assists as the Colonials took control in overtime at Richmond Thursday to win 81-69. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

Senior guard Lauren Chase reels in the ball in a game earlier this season. Chase scored 16 points and dished out five assists as the Colonials took control in overtime at Richmond Thursday to win 81-69. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

The Colonials held a 65-64 lead with 9.7 seconds remaining in the second half when senior Chakecia Miller was fouled. Miller hit both of her free throws to bring the lead back to 67-64, but Richmond’s Janelle Hubbard hit a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 67 and send it to overtime.

“We went right back into the huddle pretty energized,” said junior Jonquel Jones of the team’s feeling after the second half. “They celebrated pretty early like they had won but we knew there was still a lot of game left to play.”

GW then came out and controlled the overtime period from start to finish. The team scored the period’s first 11 points over the first four and a half minutes to build a lead they would not relinquish. GW outscored the Spiders 14-2 in overtime to win 81-69 Thursday.

“The best part of the overtime was that we were the aggressors for the whole five minutes,” said head coach Jonathan Tsipis.

The win clinched at least a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship and gave GW (24-4, 14-1) its first regular season championship since 2008 and the first seed in the A-10 tournament.

Sophomore Caira Washington led the Colonials with 17 points, and added eight rebounds. Senior Lauren Chase scored 16 points and tallied five assists. The Colonials had a total of four players score in double digits. Jones recorded her 17th double-double of the year with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

The Colonials shot 50 percent from the field, including 4 for 5 in overtime. They also dominated in the post, outrebounding the Spiders 45-26 and holding a 42-30 scoring advantage in the paint. GW also held a 19-9 scoring advantage on second chance points, but was outscored 25-11 off turnovers.

GW went into the half leading the game 33-29. Sophomore Shannon Cranshaw led the game with eight points and hit two three pointers in the first 20 minutes of the game. Jones led the game with eight rebounds and added four points.

Unlike the game as a whole, GW only held a slight advantage on the glass in the first half (14-13). However, they still held a 20-14 scoring advantage in the paint, but were outscored 4-3 on the second chance.

“In the first half, we didn’t rebound the ball the way we’re capable of,” Tsipis said. “I thought we did a much better job in the second half.”

The Colonials now head into their season finale with a chance to take the A-10 regular season title outright with a win or Dayton loss. They face George Mason at home on Sunday at 2 p.m.

“It gives us the opportunity to give us a little advantage,” said Jones of getting the top seed in the tournament. “It was a hard fought season and we’re excited to come out and get that number one seed.”

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Chakecia Miller looks to pass a ball during GW's win over Fordham. Miller had 10 points and 5 assists during the game. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Chakecia Miller looks to pass a ball during GW’s win over Fordham. Miller had 10 points and five assists during the game Saturday. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet Staff writer Alex Kist.

After a nearly silent first half, junior forward Jonquel Jones exploded in the second, tallying 16 points in five minutes to lead the Colonials to an 83-65 win over Fordham on Saturday.

The team’s leading scorer also broke GW’s standing record of 8-8 from the field set by Anna Montañana in 2003, after knocking down 10 shots in 10 attempts. Jones’ performance against Fordham marks the fourth perfect game of 5-5 or better in program history.

With solid entry passes from the guards, Jones strung together her perfect game from different angles, including two three-point plays.

“Everything just felt right. Here in the first half, things didn’t go the way I would like them to go, but my teammates kept telling me to just stay in it and my coaches kept telling me to just stay engaged on the bench,” Jones said. “And we all did what was necessary. It all came together and it was just fun.”

Jones’ game was even more impressive considering that Fordham is one of the best defensive teams in the Atlantic 10. GW’s 18-point lead at the final whistle was the largest lead Fordham has allowed all season.

Ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense, the Rams allow a league-low average of 53.3 points per game. But the Colonials controlled the tempo out of the gate and found open holes on the floor, leading to easy shots and shutting down Fordham’s usually stifling defense.

Sophomore forward Caira Washington and senior guard Chakecia Miller led the charge in the first, each hitting jumpers early, and combining for 28 points on the day.

The Rams were able to rally and bring the contest within five after an and one and another free throw, closing the gap to 18-13. But the Colonials retained the lead throughout the half and finished on top 41-35. Smart ball movement was also key throughout as GW finished the game with 21 assists and only 13 turnovers.

“I’m pleased with being able to have the maturity and focus to have a three-game stretch where you are playing three in seven days, third week of February,” Tsipis said. “It’s a taxing time. Obviously, you’ve got to take care of your body physically and mentally, but you’ve got to be sharp.”

The second half belonged to Jones, but a couple of three-pointers by sophomore guard Shannon Cranshaw and freshman forward Kelli Prange helped GW jump to a 49-38 lead.

An accurate assist by sophomore guard Hannah Schaible set up Jones for her first easy layup of the half. With GW up by 15, Fordham called a timeout to regroup and refocus.

But with momentum on the Colonials’ side, the Rams were not able to close the gap. Nine GW points in the following three minutes helped the team pull away.

Jones was instrumental in helping her team clinch a 20-point lead, its largest of the game, after a 13-point run. After Jones’ shooting streak, GW was able to finish with 42 points in the paint and a 52.2 shooting percentage.

Tsipis said selflessness is one of the greatest contributors to the team’s success this season, especially in the game against Fordham.

“Our kids did a great job today playing together,” Tsipis said. “I think the heart of our team is that we are very unselfish and willing to get the best shot.”

The Colonials return to action Thursday when they face Richmond on the road at 7 p.m.

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Senior guard Lauren Chase was one of four Colonials to score in double figures in GW's win over VCU Wednesday. Chase scored eight of her 10 points in the second half of the 65-57 victory. Desiree Halpern | Contributing Photo Editor

Senior guard Lauren Chase was one of four Colonials to score in double figures in GW’s win over VCU Wednesday. Chase scored eight of her 10 points in the second half of the 65-57 victory. Desiree Halpern | Contributing Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Alex Kist.

The Colonials owned a strong 17 point lead with 5:50 left in regulation, but GW (23-3, 12-1 A-10) couldn’t send its starters to the bench to finish out the last moments of the game.

VCU chipped away at GW’s lead by capitalizing on a 9-0 scoring drought and sinking clutch shots from the perimeter. The Rams were able to cut lead to 61-56, but head coach Jonathan Tsipis knew what he needed to do to keep his team in the driver’s seat.

But VCU’s drive was immediately shut down when senior guard Lauren Chase finished with a dagger to kick the lead back out to eight after head coach Jonathan Tsipis called a timeout to help his team refocus and close out the game.

The Colonials pulled out the 65-57 victory by penetrating the zone, controlling the pace of the game and crashing the boards to get second and third chance opportunities.

The dynamic duo of posts junior Jonquel Jones and sophomore Caira Washington both notched double-doubles on the night, contributing 31 points and 30 boards combined.

Even though Washington reached some foul trouble early, racking up three in the first half, she was able to use her height advantage to drive in the basket and box out for rebounds including seven off the offensive glass.

“I knew that they were going to switch screens and I would have a smaller guard on me, so I took advantage of that and tried to get to the basket,” Washington said. “Our guards did a good job of looking for us, both me, J.J. and Kelli.”

Even though Jones and Washington were the statistical leaders, Tsipis said sophomore guard Hannah Schaible was the one who got the ball rolling for the Colonials in the first half. Schaible finished the night with 13 points and eight rebounds.

“The activity level was good from the start,” Tsipis said. “And I thought Hannah Schaible set that tone. She was ready to shoot, she was hunting down loose balls and getting those offensive rebounds.”

VCU had good hustle and raw physicality, but the team did not have the numbers to shake GW. The Colonials had composure and patience from the line where they shot 81 percent while the Rams were a shaky 42 percent from the stripe.

With only three games left to scout in the regular season, Tsipis said he is confident his team will be prepared to matchup against Fordham, who currently sits in the fourth spot in the conference leaderboard, on Saturday at 2 p.m..

The Colonials solidified a top four seed with a bye in the tournament with the win, but Tsipis said his players have a lot of pride and will do whatever it takes to clinch the No. 1 seed.

“My concern is more ‘are we ready for a really good Fordham team that we’ve not had a chance to play at home yet since I’ve been here?’,” Tsipis said. “You have to protect your home court and we need to continue to play our best basketball as we head into the tournament.”

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Junior Jonquel Jones jumps for a layup in the Colonials' 70-48 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday. Jones posted her 15th double-double of the season with 17 rebounds and 13 points. Desiree Halpern | Contributing Photo Editor

Junior Jonquel Jones jumps for a layup in the Colonials’ 70-48 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday. Jones posted her 15th double-double of the season with 17 rebounds and 13 points. Desiree Halpern | Contributing Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

No. 20 women’s basketball returned to its winning ways in dominating fashion at the Smith Center today, defeating St. Bonaventure 70-48.

Junior Jonquel Jones posted her 15th double-double of the year with 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, and added a season high eight assists. Sophomore Caira Washington also recorded a double-double, as she led all players with 18 points and tallied 11 rebounds.

“It was a fun game to be out there and bounce back after the game we had in Saint Louis,” Jones said. “We had a lot of things we wanted to focus on and things we wanted to get better.”

With the win, GW improves to 22-3 overall and 11-1 in Atlantic 10 conference play.

“We needed to be better the last couple of days and that would play into today,” said head coach Jonathan Tsipis. “I’m really proud of our group and how they were able to be what you’ve seen a GW women’s basketball team be all year.”

The Colonials controlled the paint, out-rebounding the Bonnies 57-31 for the game. They held a 34-12 scoring advantage in the paint and a 22-3 scoring advantage on second chance points. GW shot 40 percent from the field.

Tsipis said he was happy with the way the defense responded after Saint Louis snapped his team’s 19-game win streak on Saturday, saying it was back to its “customary level.” The Colonials held the Bonnies to only 28 percent shooting and only 24 points in each half. However, St. Bonaventure hit 41 percent from three-point range, making seven three-pointers.

“We didn’t let any of the threes drain us,” Tsipis said. “On Wednesday after Saint Louis hit them there was frustration. But even when it was at 11-11 early today it was at our pace.”

GW went into the half on a 26-13 run over the final 13:10 to build a 37-24 lead. The Colonials shot 45.5 percent from the field, while holding the Bonnies to 32.3 percent. GW dominated on the glass, holding a 26-13 rebound advantage.

Similarly, GW outscored the Bonnies 16-6 in the paint, and 10-3 on the second chance in the first half.

“We were shooting really well,” said sophomore Hannah Schaible, who had 13 points. “That plays into a snowball effect of being able to hit certain people and play off the defense.”

Washington led all players with 10 points on five for six shooting, and added six rebounds. Jones was close behind with nine points, and tallied a first half high eight rebounds. Miller lead all players with four first half assists, and added four points and three turnovers.

“We need to make sure our practice translates to the game,” Washington said of the plan for the stretch run. “That’s running the floor, guards pushing it, and our bench being just as active as people on the floor.”

GW returns to action on Wednesday to face VCU on the road at 7 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rob Bartnichak.

For the first time since Nov. 22 of last year, No. 20 women’s basketball lost a game.

Falling to St. Louis 79-61 Wednesday night on the road, the Colonials (21-3, 10-1 A-10) snapped a 19-game winning streak and conceded their first loss in Atlantic 10 play.

St. Louis (12-12, 5-6 A-10) hadn’t defeated a ranked opponent since Jan. 24, 2003 when the team took down No. 20 DePaul, and entered the contest sitting in the bottom half of the conference, but came out strong to secure the 18-point victory.

“I felt from the opening tip that we were not mentally and physically ready to play the same way St. Louis was,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. “It was 17-2 to start the game. They were the aggressors in everything they did.”

Sophomore guard Shannon Cranshaw led the Colonials with 12 points, all scored on her four three-pointers, tying a career high. Senior guard Lauren Chase added 10 points and four assists, while junior forward Jonquel Jones led the game with 14 rebounds and put up eight points.

St. Louis controlled the game from the very beginning, as the Colonials went 1-11 from the field out of the gate, compared to 7-11 for St. Louis. The Billikens’ onslaught did not waver after halftime either: They outscored the Colonials 51-36 in the second half of a game in which GW never led and the score was tied just once.

“We work our offense through Jonquel and Caira and Kelli, and that didn’t get started early. We were kind of dazed when that didn’t work,” Tsipis said.

St. Louis was able to build up what would eventually become a 22-point lead in part because of three-point shooting. St. Louis shot 58 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 11 threes compared to GW’s five. St. Louis also shot 75 percent from the free throw line, while GW shot 55 percent.

“We had some defensive lapses, and they were able to exploit it and knock down some jumpers,” Jones said. “On our end we just have to handle our defense and build from there.”

Despite the loss, the Colonials still managed to out-rebound St. Louis 36-31 and outscore them in the paint 34-22 and 11-5 on second-chance points. However, the Billikens were able to score 20 points off of 19 GW turnovers.

GW entered the first half down 28-25 after a last-second St. Louis three-pointer. However, GW ended the half on a 18-10 run over the final 8:50. Cranshaw led the Colonials in first-half points with six after hitting two threes. Jones led all players with six rebounds in the first 20 minutes, and added three points and three assists. Both teams shot 38 percent in the first half.

With three days before the next game, Tsipis is already looking for ways to get the team back on the winning track.

“We have to be better defensively,” Tsipis said. “We weren’t at our best offensively and we still scored 61 points.”

The Colonials return to action Sunday to face St. Bonaventure at the Smith Center.

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