Over the past three years, Watanabe grew in prominence on the court, increasing his scoring and minutes played each year.
The average women’s basketball team in the Atlantic 10 has more than three players over the height of 6-foot-1, but GW has only one.
The Colonials are confident before the season starts Friday, despite offseason losses and inexperienced rosters.
Freshman Margaret Coogan was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team Tuesday in her first year of cross country experience.
The Colonials beat the Dukes and the Explorers last weekend – defeating each team three sets to one at home.
The Colonials were slotted two spots lower than last year’s projection and senior guard Brianna Cummings was named to the All-Defensive team.
The Colonials have won three straight games because of improved scoring and a consistent lineup late in the season.
The Colonials (7-6-2, 4-2-0 A-10) defeated Davidson 2–0 for their second consecutive victory Wednesday afternoon.
The Colonials were slated at No. 11 in the preseason poll and senior guard Yuta Watanabe was named to two preseason teams.
The schedule includes 28 home games and a trip to play last year’s No. 22 ranked Virginia in April.