George Washington women's basketball coach Linda Makowski could complain about just one aspect of her team's game last night against 20th-ranked James Madison -- the result.
The Colonials followed their defensive game plan. They controlled the game's tempo. They overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes and sent the game into overtime on Karin Vadelund's basket with 44 seconds left in regulation.
However, by the time Vadelund scored George Washington's next basket, with 32 seconds remaining in overtime, the Colonials were trailing by six points and headed for an 81-72 loss at Smith Center.
"I think our kids played about as hard as we could play," Makowski said. That says something about the Dukes, who gave Shelia Moorman her 100th career victory in just her 148th game as a coach.
"I'd definitely like to be where she is in my sixth year," Makowski said.
"I'm very proud of what we have accomplished as a team," said Moorman, whose teams have won more than 20 games in each of the last three seasons and gone to the NCAA tournament in each of the last two. "But I can remember coming up here to play in 1982-83, when we were 6-18."
Last night the Dukes (4-0) were forced to play a slower style of game than they wanted. Also, late in the second half, they had trouble getting the ball inside to center Sydney Beasley and forward Alisa Harris and therefore were unable to put George Washington (2-3) away.
Still they won. With the score 70-70 in overtime, Missy Dudley made a jump shot and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Beasley (game-highs of 21 points, 11 rebounds) got the rebound and later scored, making it 74-70 with two minutes left.
Twenty seconds later, George Washington's Anne Riley was fouled, but missed a one-and-one. Ann Male got the rebound, but Tracey Earley dribbled the ball off her foot and out of bounds.
Harris (18 points) missed a shot in the lane, but Riley lost the ball out of bounds. With 44 seconds left, Beasley made it 76-70 on a post-up move.
James Madison led, 56-48, with 10:14 to play in regulation, and 66-59 with 2:46 remaining.
Gloria Murphy had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Colonials.
Mount St. Mary's 73, Georgetown 71: Jenny Brown scored 21 points to help the Mountaineers (7-0) win in Emmitsburg, Md. Zena Edwards scored 18 points and Tracy Bradson and Kim Rhock chipped in 10 apiece as the Mountaineers held off a late Georgetown rally. Mount St. Mary's led, 45-30, at halftime and was up by 22 points midway through the second half. Beth Knight paced the Hoyas with 14 points.