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Women's College Basketball: Rhode Island Upsets George Washington, 62-58, in Atlantic 10 Tournament

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lindsay Harris and Crystal Bellinger scored 15 points each and No. 12 seed Rhode Island converted four free throws in the final 24 seconds to upset fifth-seeded George Washington, 62-58, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Charlotte.

GW center Jessica Adair recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was Adair's sixth double-double of the season and the 18th of her career.

Adair gave the Colonials their largest lead at 39-33 on a pair of free throws at the 16:29 mark of the second half and followed with four straight points as GW took a 43-38 lead with 14:44 remaining.

GW then struggled through a 5:39 scoring drought and Rhode Island capitalized with a 12-0 run to lead 50-43 with 9:31 to play.

Freshman Tara Booker had 13 points for the Colonials (17-13), who had their earliest exit from the league's postseason since 1985.

The Rams (10-20) advanced to today's quarterfinal against fourth-seeded Richmond.

-- SETON HALL 70, GEORGETOWN 45: Ebonie Williams scored 15 points and the 15th-seeded Pirates upset the 10th-seeded Hoyas in the first round of the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn.

Kandice Green added 13 points and eight rebounds for Seton Hall (17-13), which will play seventh-seeded Rutgers in the second round.

Shanice Fuller and Jaleesa Butler each had 10 points for Georgetown (17-13).

-- AUBURN 71, MISSISSIPPI 65: DeWanna Bonner became Auburn's career scoring leader, and the No. 6 Tigers held on to beat the Rebels in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in North Little Rock, Ark.


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