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Fromer Riverdale Baptist standouts to join GWU women's basketball

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Published on: Thursday, January 17, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

George Washington University announced that a pair of Riverdale Baptist graduates will be joining the women’s basketball program at the District of Columbia school.

Former Riverdale Baptist standouts Lauren Chase and Jonquel Jones will both be eligible to play following the Fall 2013 semester after transferring from their respective schools. Both players were coached at Riverdale Baptist by current George Washington assistant Diane Richardson.

“We are very excited that JJ and Lauren are becoming members of our GW women’s basketball family,” said George Washington head coach Jonathan Tsipis. “They will be great ambassadors to the university with their academic and athletic abilities, as well as their contagious personalities. We are excited for them to get started here this spring and look forward to wonderful experiences they both will have at GW.”

Jones, who graduated from Riverdale Baptist last year, averaged 9.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in eight games at Clemson before announcing her intent to transfer. During her brief tenure at Clemson, Jones ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounds and blocks.

As a high school senior, the 6-foot-4 Jones helped lead the Crusaders to a 35-2 record while averaging 15.7 points and 15.6 rebounds per game for the Upper Marlboro private school.

A native of Freeport, Bahamas, Jones was named the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year last season. She will have three years of eligibility remaining at George Washington.

“JJ will be a wonderful addition to our program with her size and versatility,” Tsipis said. “She is a basketball junkie who is constantly working on her game. She will be capable of a double-double on a nightly basis and will cause mismatches for us. She can play inside and out and will be a force on the defensive end, as well. Coming from a winning tradition at Riverdale, she understands the mentality of hard work and toughness.”

Meanwhile, Chase, a Bowie native, heads to George Washington after playing eight games during her sophomore campaign at UMBC. She averaged 13 points and 4.3 assists during her eight-game stint.

The 2011-2012 America East Rookie of the Year, Chase, a 5-foot-5 point guard, averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 assists last season and helped lead the Retrievers to the America East title for just the second time in school history. She will have two years of eligibility remaining at George Washington.

“Lauren will have an opportunity to help us at the point guard position after her experiences at UMBC,” said Tsipis. “Lauren achieved Rookie of the Year status last year and continued to improve her game this season. She has a great feel for the game, and I think she will continue to develop her point guard skills under the watchful eye of (associate head coach) Megan Duffy and Diane Richardson.”

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