Women’s basketball seniors Chakecia Miller and Bria Bourgeois have known each other since seventh grade and their years as high school standouts in Atlanta’s suburbs.
After setting a program record for the most wins in a season and preparing all year for a shot to play on a national stage, the Colonials cruised to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. But GW’s moment in primetime was short-lived.
The Colonials celebrated their first regular season championship since 2008, but not for too long. There’s still plenty of basketball to be played, and that starts on Friday in the A-10 tournament.
Playing basketball at GW isn’t the first time Shannon Cranshaw has found her place with a tight-knit group.
Prange has become the third piece of GW’s imposing frontcourt. She is the third-leading scorer and rebounder on the team, after junior Jonquel Jones and sophomore Caira Washington.
The expectations for this team were high, bolstered by the league’s best frontcourt. But the Colonials look ready to exceed them, and not just because of their one-two punch up front and noteworthy +15.2 rebounding margin.
With a 6-foot-5 freshman averaging 11.4 points per game, a veteran guard returning to the floor from a costly injury and a 16.9 rebounding margin (second-best in the NCAA), GW has some new weapons in its arsenal to build on an 11-5 conference record last season. But with GW, and others, vying for the top spot, where will everyone fit?
Over Thanksgiving break, the women’s basketball team traveled over 958 miles to compete in the Junkanoo Jam, marking the first time that Freeport-native Jones has displayed her talent for her mother and grandmother in her GW uniform.
The loss rendered the team runner up at the tournament, which now awaits its fate on the bubble for the NCAA tournament after a 22-8 season that was the best for the program in over a decade.
While the Colonials’ loss to No. 9 Maryland on Saturday may have spoiled the welcome-back party for forward Jonquel Jones, the team also got a taste of what it can accomplish.