THE HATCHET'S 2015 BEST OF NORTHWEST
Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Runners up: Chidima Osuchukwu, Hannah Rowe
Here are some things Jonquel Jones has done: She is the only player in the Atlantic 10 to average a double-double over the course of the season. She ranks sixth in the nation in rebounds per game with 12.5. The fire department has her on speed dial to pull stranded kittens out of trees – OK, that last one isn’t true. But you believed us, didn’t you?
The Colonials wrapped up the season with just four losses and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. Jones was indisputably the key factor in that success and was named the A-10 Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the A-10 Championship, which GW won to capture an automatic bid to the Big Dance.
She’s an unstoppable presence inside, but also highly poised. Jones excels at avoiding foul trouble even with opponents double and triple-teaming her. She was on the Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 Watch List and is GW’s best female athlete after a season during which she proved herself the best player in the conference.
- Nora Princiotti