Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals: GW vs. Saint Louis
#1 George Washington Colonials (26-3, 15-1 A10) vs. #9 Saint Louis Billikens (14-15, 7-9 A10)
11 AM, Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
Media: WRGW, American Sports Network, CSN+
Announcers: Jeff Pawling, Mike Martenak
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The Atlantic 10 regular season champion George Washington Colonials get set to tip off their portion of the Atlantic 10 Championship bright and early on Friday morning when they take on the ninth-seeded Saint Louis Billikens.
The Colonials racked up Atlantic 10 accolades on Monday afternoon, with four members taking home honors. Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis garnered A10 Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first GW coach to win the award since Joe McKeown in 2007. Caira Washington was named to the A10 First Team and Kelli Prange earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team. But the bulk of the awards were taken home by star forward Jonquel Jones, who became the first player to win both A10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season since 2012, when Temple’s Shey Peddy achieved the feat. She also became the first Colonial to win Player of the Year since Kimberly Beck in 2008.
GW’s first opponent in the A10 Championship is a foe that should be familiar to the players, coaches, and fans. Saint Louis handed the Colonials their lone conference loss of the season back on February 11th, when they converted 11 three-pointers en route to a 79-61 win at Chaifetz Arena. The Billikens got out to a fast start in that game and were able to break GW’s press early and often and spread out their defense. GW managed to dig themselves out of a deep first half hole, but the second half became a disaster as they were outscored 51-36 by the sharpshooting Billikens and seemed to run out of energy as their 19-game winning streak came to an end.
No great team should need motivation for a conference tournament game, but the loss to these Billikens on February 11th should certainly have this team fired up and out for revenge on Friday morning. GW has played fantastic basketball since the loss and enter postseason play with tons of momentum and if they continue to play at that high level, the Colonials should get their payback and prove the previous loss was nothing more than a fluke.
WRGW’s coverage begins at 10:50 am with tip off scheduled for 11 am on gwradio.com.
Posted on March 5, 2015, in Campus, GW Basketball, Women's Basketball and tagged Caira Washington, GW women's basketball, Jeff Pawling, Jonathan Tsipis, Jonquel Jones, Kelli Prange, Mike Martenak, Saint Louis women's basketball. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.