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No. 11 GW Runs Streak to Nine by Topping Xavier

From News Services
Monday, January 22, 2007

Kenan Cole scored 15 points to lead No. 11 George Washington to a 67-55 victory over Xavier yesterday in Cincinnati, the Colonials' ninth straight win.

Jessica Adair added a career-high 15 rebounds and 11 points, Whitney Allen scored 14 points and Kimberly Beck had 13 for George Washington (16-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10). The Colonials equaled their longest streak since winning nine in a row during the 2004-05 season.

The Musketeers (14-6, 2-2) lost for the second time in eight games. Freshman Amber Harris led Xavier with 24 points after being held scoreless in the first 17 minutes. Joei Clyburn scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds, and Suntana Granderson added 12 points.

Xavier was within three points with 15 minutes 7 seconds left before Allen made three field goals and Beck one in an 8-0 spurt over two minutes that put the Colonials in control at 41-30.

Harris scored nine of Xavier's next 12 points to pull within 47-42 with seven minutes to go, but Cole made three free throws and Beck hit a three-pointer to build the lead back to 53-42 with five minutes remaining.

Xavier got no closer than eight the rest of the game.

George Washington, the best defensive team in the Atlantic 10, held the Musketeers to 26 percent shooting in the first half. The Colonials built a 10-point lead with a 13-4 run, but Harris tallied five points in a 6-2 run that closed the half with George Washington ahead 26-21.

· NAVY 49, ARMY 44: Kate Hobbs scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the visiting Midshipmen snapped the Black Knights' 12-game winning streak.

Army (17-3, 4-1 Patriot League), the defending conference champion, was off to the best start in team history and had won its previous five games against Navy (8-10, 3-2).

Navy opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 32-24 lead with 15:12 remaining. Army tied the game at 44 with 2:14 remaining before Navy closed out the win with baskets by Hobbs and Kalen Kropa and a free throw by Margaret Knap.

· TOWSON 64, GEORGE MASON 54: The visiting Patriots shot just 29.3 percent and committed 27 turnovers in losing for the sixth time in seven games.

Whitney Ward scored a team-high 17 points for George Mason (7-10, 1-6 Colonial Athletic Association), which made 25 of 29 free throws.

Freshman guard Shanae Baker-Brice (Theodore Roosevelt) scored a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds, six assists and six steals for Towson (12-5, 3-4).

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