Cindy Baruch scored 32 points to lead George Washington to an 88-60 victory over Catholic last night at Smith Center in the teams' final regular-season game.
The Colonials (11-13) will play Duquesne Friday in the Atlantic 10 tournament at St. Joseph's.
Catholic (16-7), a Division III team, knew before the game what to expect from Baruch. Two of Catholic's starters were her teammates last year on the Springbrook High School team that finished runner-up for the Maryland AA championship.
"We knew we'd have to key on Cindy," said Trisha Miller, one of Baruch's former teammates. "She's really good at taking it to the basket. She's even better than last year."
While Miller and Maria Hoefler, Baruch's other Springbrook teammate, did their best to stop Baruch, the Colonials used a team effort to outscore the Cardinals, 26-12, in the last 10 minutes of the first half to take control of the game.
George Washington's Kathy Marshall finished with 16 points on six-for-six shooting and had eight assists and eight rebounds.
The Cardinals got within 15 points in the second half but could get no closer.
As for Baruch, playing against friends was nearly as enjoyable as scoring 32 points. "It was a lot of fun," said Baruch, who shot 14 for 20 from the field and scored most of her baskets on layups and fast breaks.
"It brought back memories of going against them in practice."