Kelly Ballentine scored five points in overtime, including a three-point play with 1:12 remaining, to lead George Washington to a 76-71 victory and the GW/Washington Times tournament championship over Howard last night at Smith Center.
In the consolation game, Ann Gothard scored 13 points and Beth Knight and Vanessa Lillingston-Price each had 10 as Georgetown held on to defeat George Mason, 67-63. Knight also had 12 rebounds and six assists.
After Darlene Beale made two free throws in overtime to bring the Bison within 71-69, Ballentine sank a 15-foot jump shot. Howard's Roslyn Bell followed a miss by Vikki Kennedy, then Ballentine brought the ball up the left side and put in another 15-footer and was fouled by Kennedy. Ballentine made the free throw to make it 74-69, and the Colonials held their lead.
Ballentine had 21 points and six rebounds, despite playing only 31 minutes. Kas Allen scored 16 points and Stacy Springfield had 13 and eight rebounds.
"The reason we took (Ballentine) out at the beginning was that she was a step or two out of range," said George Washington Coach Denise Fiore. "It did help. It made her more aware of court position. It made her look harder for position.
"At the end, we were looking for a better shot, to move the ball from side to side. If we can get a shot, we can count on Kelly."
Beale, who dominated play inside, led the Bison with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Ballentine, the tournament's most valuable player and GW's all-time leading scorer, gave the Colonials a 63-59 lead with 1:40 remaining in regulation. But Beale scored off her own rebound and Courtney Bullard made two free throws to tie the score at 63 with 44 seconds left.
With the 30-second shot clock running down, Ballentine missed on a jumper. Allen picked up the loose ball and was fouled. With eight seconds left, she missed the front end of a one and one, and Howard called time out.
Yolando Lockamy got the inbounds pass, but her shot from 35 feet bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer.
Howard dominated the offensive boards in the first half, which accounted for many of its points. Beale led the Bison with 14 points, eight coming after offensive rebounds.
Six minutes into the game, Beale scored on an inside move to give the Bison a 14-6 lead. Howard's biggest lead was 24-12, when Kennedy put in a 20-foot jumper.
George Washington gradually moved back into the game. Allen completed a three-point play with 5:56 left to bring the Colonials within 30-26. After Vannessa Graham's 25-footer and Beale's inside basket for Howard, the Colonials' Ann Male hit a shot in the lane and Springfield scored six straight points to cut the margin to 34-32.
Wanda Ellis made a 25-footer at the buzzer to give Howard a 40-37 halftime lead.
In the consolation game, Gothard rebounded a missed shot and scored on a layup to give Georgetown a 65-57 lead with 1:10 left. The Hoyas led, 67-60, with 30 seconds left when Denise Barbour sank two free throws.
Wanda Williams led George Mason with 16 points.
*Maryland 65, Monmouth 63: Carolin Dehn-Duhr had 16 points and four rebounds, leading Maryland to an opening-game victory at Cole Field House before 1,015. Lisa Brown and Chequita Wood each had 14 for the Terrapins. Linda Wilson led Monmouth College with 17 points.
*Randolph-Macon 70, Navy 52: Senior Lori Reynolds led Navy with 12 points in its second defeat of the Randolph-Macon tournament at Ashland, Va., this one in the consolation game.
*Catholic 77, Haverford 40: Lisa Kellaher had 28 points and five assists, leading CU (1-0) over the Philadelphia school (0-1) in the opening round of the Franklin and Marshall Invitational in Lancaster, Pa.
Marymount 57, Bridgewater 51: Debbie Clise scored a game-high 19 points and Anastasia Koutras had 19 rebounds and 14 points as the Blue Angels won their opener at home.