Norma Horne's layup with 10 seconds to play gave George Mason University a 66-65 victory over Loyola of Baltimore yesterday in the championship game of the Catholic University Invitational Tournament.
Guard Linda Jones' pass set up the winning basket.
At the buzzer, Loyola forward Karen Ryerson's shot from the key bounced on the rim five times before falling off.
"I saw it bouncing up there and said to myself, 'Please don't go in,' " said Horne, a Dunbar High School graduate. Horne, who scored 15 points, is a junior forward.
Jeanne Daunoras, Mason's 6-foot-1 forward, led all scorers with 18 points. Teammates Yvette Wilder (12 points) and Barb Hill (11 points) were named to the all-tournament team. Wilder is a Dunbar graduate and Hill a Springbrook graduate.
"We played with a lot of heart," Coach Pat Layne of Mason said.
The Patriots opened with a press and didn't yield a point for four minutes. Hill made two 18-foot jumpers for a 33-24 lead with three minutes left in the first half.
But forward April Van Story of Loyola began making outside jump shots to narrow Mason's lead to 36-34 at the half. Van Story finished with 12 points and was named the tournament's most valuable player.
She had help from Lisa Maletic (11 points) and center Tina Prangley.
Mason's press continued to hurt Loyola (10-13), and three Loyola starters fouled out midway in the second half.
For the Patriots (17-10), who have three freshmen starters, it was their first tournament victory in five years.
In the consolation game, host Catholic (7-17) won, 56-50, over Bucknell (5-16). Sophomore center Bridget Shea led Catholic with 12 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Maggie Chapman, an all-tournament selection, had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Cardinal forward Colleen Keegan also made the all-tournament team.