SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS: Women's Basketball
Twice a week this summer, Atlantic10.com will feature a sport-by-sport look back at the 2014-15 season and championships. Check back each week for a review of each sport. Today's look back: Women's Basketball.
Once the season tipped off, it was clear the potential for a big year was there. In-season tournament titles, winning streaks, coaching milestones and award watch lists were just some of the early-season successes.
Deep into the regular season, it became apparent that preseason favorite Dayton and potential top 20 seed George Washington were the teams to beat, but there were a few others looking to challenge for the top seed.
But a record-setting 2014-15 campaign by the Colonials, whose 29-4 overall mark, set the program record for wins, claimed the Atlantic 10 regular season title and the number one seed. Led by A-10 Player of the Year and National Player of the Week (Feb. 10) Jonquel Jones, GW played its way into the A-10 Championship final, setting up a third matchup with Dayton (George Washington won the two regular season games). Jones then scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to lead a ranked (No. 21/19) GW to its fifth Atlantic 10 Championship title with a 75-62 victory over second-seeded Dayton.
Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Defensive Player of the Year while GW’s Jonathan Tsipis was tabbed as the A-10 Coach of the Year. Charise Wilson of Rhode Island was named Rookie of the Year, while Dayton’s Amber Deane was named Sixth Woman of the Year and Kim Pierre-Louis of Massachusetts was named the league’s Most Improved Player.
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The A-10 sent five teams to the postseason. Champion George Washington and Dayton both earned bids to the NCAA Tournament with the Flyers making a run to the Elite Eight. Duquesne, Fordham and Richmond all took part in the 2015 WNIT, with the Dukes advancing to the third round.
Dayton reached the regional final for the first time in school history after beating Kentucky in the second round and Louisville in the Sweet 16. Eventual national champion UConn beat Dayton 91-70 in the regional finals to end the Flyers’ run. Dayton became just the fourth No. 7 seed to advance to a regional final since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994.
GW’s record book season came to a close with an 82-69 loss to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was GW’s 16th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Duquense, Fordham, and Richmond all received bids to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Duquesne advanced to the third round of the 2015 WNIT with a 48-47 win over the University of Richmond in the second round. Fordham also advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
In April, Dayton’s Ally Malott was the seventh pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. The Mystics also took Saint Joseph’s Natasha Cloud in the second round, while UD’s Andrea Hoover was picked by the LA Sparks in the third round.
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