Stacy Springfield scored 17 points and Kas Allen had 14 rebounds to lead George Washington over George Mason last night, 60-48, in the GW/Washington Times tournament before 1,000 at GW's Smith Center.
The Colonials will play Howard in tonight's 7:30 championship game. In the first game, the Bison shot only 34 percent from the floor but held a 64-41 rebounding advantage in defeating Georgetown, 79-71, in overtime. The Hoyas will play the Patriots in the consolation at 5.
The Colonials enjoyed the return of Allen, who averaged 22 points her freshman year but was redshirted last year with a back injury.
"What I've said before is that more than her scoring and rebounding, she's a stabilizing force," said GW Coach Denise Fiore.
GW made its move early, down 14-13 following a basket by Jackie Funk for George Mason. The Colonials scored 12 straight points, six from Springfield, to lead by 25-14.
Kelly Ballentine scored eight points at the beginning of the second half as the Colonials began to pull away, 43-26. Julie Brown's 15-footer gave GW its biggest lead, 51-32, but the Patriots ran off eight straight points. GW's Tracey Earley followed a rebound for two points and scored again on a back-door pass from Brown to give the Colonials a comfortable lead, 55-40, with 4:05 remaining.
In the first game, Vannessa Graham scored 18 of her 25 points in the first half and Courtney Bullard had 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Bison.
Georgetown held a 59-56 lead with 9:20 remaining in regulation on Evelyn Smith's 20-foot jumper. But both teams followed with poor shooting, and after Georgetown went six minutes without scoring, the Hoyas' Denise Barbour made a free throw at 1:17 to tie the game at 64.
Artine Hector drove the left side to put the Bison up by two, but Barbour did the same on the other end with :35 remaining to send the game into overtime.
Georgetown continued its cold shooting in the extra period. The Bison quickly took a 73-66 lead as Bullard contributed two free throws and a layup.
Beth Knight (20 points, 11 rebounds) helped the Hoyas close to 73-69 and 75-71, but Howard's Darlene Beale (12 points, 13 rebounds) scored the last four points. American 97, Longwood 53
Kelly Lane had a school-record eight steals and Janine Lorimer had 20 points as the Eagles easily won the opener for both squads at AU. Virginia 71, James Madison 57
In Charlottesville, Daphne Hawkins' 20 points and Donna Holt's 12 points and nine assists led the Cavaliers (1-0). Lebanon Valley 86, Gallaudet 62
Dicksie Boelerr and Stephanie Smith each had 20 points for the Flying Dutchmen (1-0) at Gallaudet (0-1). Sara Wummer had 20 points and Tarama Majocha 18 with 13 rebounds for the Bison. N.C. Wesleyan 75, Bowie State 70
Regina Brooks had 25 points and 22 rebounds for the winners of a first-round test in the Liberty Mountain Tip-Off Classic at Lynchburg, Va. Virginia Union 51, Navy 50
India Frazier intercepted a bad Navy bounce pass and converted it into the game's final two points, a layup with :39 remaining of an opening-round match in the Randolph-Macon tournament in Ashland, Va.