The Colonials (2-0) smothered the Lady Monarchs (0-1), and redshirt junior forward Neila Luma scored 18 points in a 55–37 win.
The Colonials (1-0) held the Lions (0-1) to eight points in the first half en route to a 53–38 victory, their first of the season.
Growing up, freshman center Ali Brigham was coached by her father, who nabbed a Sweet 16 run while playing at GW nearly three decades ago.
The squad averaged 56.1 points per game last year – good for 330th out of 368 DI programs and No. 13 of 14 in the A-10.
Center Noel Brown and guards Lincoln Ball and Tyler Brelsford round out the youngest additions to the squad’s roster.
The ranking is the lowest the Colonials have received since the 2011-12 campaign and two spots lower than last year’s poll.
The tournament featured a school-wide leg and a league-wide round in which participants could win up to $600 and $1,200, respectively.
GW became the first nationally-ranked team to play in a Sun Bowl, but the squad opened as underdogs to Texas Western at its home stadium.
Head coach Mike Lonergan led the team to its winningest season in program history, racking up a 28-10 record.
The Atlantic 10 postponed fall competition to the spring, affecting fall regattas and scrimmages for the Colonials.