George Mason (4-2), one of the most improved women's basketball teams in the area, goes for its third consecutive victory tonight when it plays George Washington (2-4) in a semifinal game of the third annual George Washington Invitational at the Smith Center at 8.
American (2-1) plays Virginia Tech (2-0) in the other semifinal at 6 p.m. The winners play for the championship Saturday at 3 p.m.
George Washington defeated Virginia Tech, 57-54, in the final last year, but has been inconsistent thus far. Against Howard Wednesday night, the Colonials fell behind early and were beaten, 82-57. Six-footers Leslie Bond (16 points and nine rebounds per game) and Robin Illsley (11 points) are the Colonials' key inside players.
George Mason relies on 6-foot-1 Jeanne Daunoras, who had 20 points in the Patriots' 63-62 victory over William and Mary Wednesday night; 6-0 Valerie Douglas (10 points and 9.6 rebounds), and Norma Horne (13.3 points). The Patriots have shot only 35 percent from the field, but their rebounding has given them many second and third shots.
Virginia Tech, averaging 85 points per game, has four starters in double figures, including Robin Lee (16.5) and Tammi Edwards (15.5).
Rhea Farbermann is American's leading scorer and rebounder. She established a school single-game record of 19 rebounds Tuesday night in the Eagles' 81-68 victory over James Madison.