George Washington routed George Mason, 95-70, and Virginia Tech raced past American University, 92-57, in the semifinals of the GW Women's Invitational basketball tournament last night at Smith Center. The winners will meet for the title at 3 p.m. today.
The Colonials (3-4) relied on the inside scoring of center Leslie Bond (30 points) and the shooting of guard Carol Byrd (22 points).
Baskets by Yvette Wilder and Linda Jones gave the Patriots (4-3) a 17-10 lead early in the game, but Bond went on an eight-point scoring spree to put GW ahead, 24-19, with 7:41 remaining in the first half. Trish Egan, a senior forward, came off the bench to contribute seven rebounds and six points as GW boosted its lead to 40-33 at halftime.
With George Mason's star freshman guard, Linda Jones, hindered by three fouls in the second half, GW moved into its transition game.
The inside-outside combination of Bond and Byrd scored liberally as GW took leads of 56-40, 74-52 and 85-59. Bond also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Norma Horne led the Patriots with 15 points.
In the first game, AU couldn't keep up with the quick Virginia Tech team.
After the Eagles scored the first seven points of the game on shots by cocaptains Jacqui Frazier and Jeanne Booros, the Hokies began pressing and didn't stop until near the end of the game.
AU (2-2) committed 35 turnovers, most of which were turned into quick, easy baskets.
The Eagles still led, 17-13, before the Virginia Tech streak began. Kathy Hanover (16 points) made consecutive steals and center Noreen Brennan got consecutive baskets to tie the game and begin a run of 16 points. AU slipped to a 38-25 deficit at the half, then watched Virginia Tech score 54 second-half points.