Grand Bahama native and George Washington Colonials senior forward Jonquel Jones was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week for games played from January 4-10, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced on Tuesday. The award was the fourth for Jones so far this year and a program-record 12th time in her career. She averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and added 2.5 blocks in the two games against A-10 rivals Rhode Island and Dayton. Prior to receiving the Ann Meyers award, she was named the Atlantic 10 player of the week.
Against Rhode Island, Jones led the Colonials to a 16-point win. She finished the game with 19 points and 17 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field and going 7-7 from the free throw line. Against Dayton, she picked up her NCAA leading 13th double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. The 6'4" forward hit the go ahead three with time winding down to give the Colonials the lead on the way to a one point victory.
Jones is currently averaging 17.2 points and 15.2 rebounds.
On Wednesday, Jones was spectacular once again in George Washington's 83-59 rout of La Salle. The Colonials jumped out to a quick start and built a 20-point lead by the half. George Washington continued to dominate in the second half, stretching their lead to 29 and cruising the rest of the way. Despite going up big, Jones said they still wanted to execute and play tough to ensure they sealed the deal.
"We talk about every game being a building block and this game was just another step for us," Jones said.
The nation's leading rebounder with 15.2 boards per game, Jones also ranks second in the A-10 in scoring (17.3 ppg) and blocked shots (2.7 bpg). This marks Jones' second USBWA National Player of the Week honor, as she was also recognized on Feb. 10, 2015. She is just the third player in school history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocks. She is fourth all-time in rebounding (868) and is within reach of Darlene Saar's career record of 1,129.
This season Jones set the GW single-game record for rebounds, grabbing 26 during an 81-77 double-overtime win against then-No. 25 Iowa on Nov. 27
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