George Washington's Kelly Ballentine scored 28 points and Cindy Baruch had 24 in an 85-83 victory over Georgetown last night at Smith Center.
Ballentine made five straight baskets in a 2 1/2-minute span in the third quarter to help GW (10-8) build a 74-63 lead. The lead gave the Colonials just enough cushion as the Hoyas (6-16) closed within one but never led down the stretch.
"I always look forward to the Georgetown game," said Ballentine, who shot 13 for 21 from the field and two of four from the line to score her season high. "It's a personal rivalry for me. Coach (Cheryl) Thompson and I have been hitting heads for seven years. She coached at my rival high school (W.T. Woodson)," said Ballentine who graduated from Annandale High School in 1982.
When Ballentine was trapped in her own back court, and a jump ball was called, the Hoyas controlled. Denise Barbour's jump shot cut Georgetown's deficit to three with 1:24 remaining.
When Stacy Springfield, who finished with 13 points, missed a free throw, Georgetown's Diane Rodriguez scored at the other end to cut the lead to 80-79 with 54 seconds remaining.
"They're a very aggressive team," said Ballentine. "A lot of people take them for granted because two of their players who contribute a lot have been out (Ann Gothard and Rodriguez had recently returned to the Hoyas' lineup). They're not going to give up. They are a very scrappy team."
Baruch scored a three-point play with 32 seconds remaining and GW led, 83-81. Rodriguez' basket with 17 seconds left cut the lead to two but Myra Kline's basket with 14 seconds gave the Colonials the final margin.