GW's Jones and Tsipis Headline #A10WBB All-Conference Awards

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Newport News, Va. – George Washington’s Jonquel Jones has been 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 by his peers. 

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 by the league's 14 head coaches.

For the second consecutive year, Jones is the only A-10 player to finish the regular season averaging a double-double. The junior forward is averaging 15.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and has recorded a league best 17 double-doubles this year. A seven-time A-10 Player of the Week this season, Jones has 18 games of 10 or more rebounds and has recorded 48 blocks on the season.

Joining Jones on the All Atlantic 10 First-Team is her teammate Caira Washington, Saint Joseph’s Natasha Cloud and Dayton teammates Andrea Hoover and Ally Malott.

The Second-Team consists of Pierre-Louis, Taylor Brown of George Mason, Katie Healy of St. Bonaventure, April Robinson of Duquesne and Richmond’s Janelle Hubbard.

Wilson was named to the Third-Team along with Adaeze Alaeze (VCU), Gen Okoro (Richmond), Sadie Stipanovich (Saint Louis) and Emily Tapio (Fordham).

Hoover, Malott and Robinson were joined on the All-Academic Team by Jodie Cornélie-Sigmundová of Dayton and Emily Mital of UMass.

In just his third season in the nation’s capital, Tsipis has led GW back to the top of the A-10 standings. The Colonials finished the regular season at 15-1 to claim the top-seed in this week’s A-10 Championship in Richmond. At 26-3, GW matches the 2006-07 Colonials for the best 29-game record in program history, and the 26 wins equal the fourth-most ever. GW has been ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top-25.

Following her first season at Rhode Island, Wilson was tabbed as Rookie of the Year after leading the Rams to their first winning season in 11 years. She is currently fourth in the A-10 in scoring with 16.3 points per game, which is also third amongst freshmen in the nation. Wilson was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on six different occasions during the year.

Deane appeared in 28 games for Dayton, coming off the bench 25 times. She averaged 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while dishing out 51 assists on the season.

Pierre-Lewis finished second in the league in scoring with 18.3 points per game. She also grabbed an average of 7.6 rebounds per game, while her 53.9% shooting from the field led the A-10.

Jones headlines an All-Defensive team that also includes Cloud, Jasmine Alston of La Salle, Dayton’s Kelley Austria and Jamesia Price of Saint Louis.

Wilson was part of the All-Rookie Team that also consisted of Jenna Burdette of Dayton, Jackie Kemph of Saint Louis, Mackenzie Latt of Davidson and Kelli Prange of George Washington.

The 2015 Championship tips-off on Wednesday.

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