The George Washington women's basketball team completed its most exciting week in recent years yesterday by defeating Temple, 67-48, at Smith Center.

The victory lifted the Colonial Women to 10-2 -- their best start ever -- and 4-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. What has made the past five days so satisfying is that they have beaten a pair of perennial conference powerhouses that had proven extremely difficult in the past: St. Joseph's, beaten once in 16 meetings; and the Owls, beaten twice in 14 meetings.

"I think it's a great step for us," George Washington Coach Joe McKeown said. "St. Joseph's won the league last year and Temple has been to the NCAA tournament two of the past three years."

The Colonial Women opened up a 16-point halftime lead and managed to withstand a minor Temple run in the second half.

Forward Jennifer Shasky and center Mary K. Nordling led the Colonial Women with 19 points apiece and Shasky added 11 rebounds. Temple, which shot just 32 percent, was led by Tania Koel's 16 points.

The Owls (4-9, 1-3) led early, 4-3, but George Washington went on a 15-2 run to take control. Nordling started the surge with a jumper and a transition layin. Anne Riley then scored off the fast break, made a three-pointer and two free throws.

Navy Classic: Navy held off a late Longwood rally to win the championshp game, 75-69, over Longwood and record its fifth straight victory. In the consolation game, Millersville defeated Bowie State, 67-45.

The Midshipmen took an 11-point lead into the half, thanks in large part to Angie Dobbs, who scored 16 of her game-high 26 before intermission. But Longwood battled back in the second half, cutting the Navy lead to six with just under four minutes left.

Howard 78, Delaware State 62: Angelitta Elliott scored a career-high 19 points as the Bison won their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference home opener.

Howard (4-7, 2-1 conference), which led by 20 in the second half, also got 18 points and 15 rebounds from Rosalyn Evans. Delaware State (4-7, 1-1) was led by Stephany Nolan's 17 points.

George Mason 53, N.C.-Wilmington 28: Senior guard Antoinette Battle scored a game-high 14 points as George Mason scored a Colonial Athletic Association women's victory at home.

Tressa Reese scored 10 points to lead the Seahawks (5-8, 1-2), who were held to shooting just 17 percent in the second half by the Patriots (7-6, 2-1).

Richmond 71, American 53: Ginny Norton scored 17 points and Debbie Barnes and Julie Jones added 14 points each as the Spiders (10-1, 2-0) won a CAA game at Bender Arena. American (5-10, 0-3) was led by Tiffany Turner, who scored 14 points.

Penn State-Altoona 71, Montgomery-Rockville 56: Kelly Donoughe and Jen Jaroneski each scored 20 points to lead Penn State-Altoona (6-5) in Rockville. Tracy Cherry made five three-pointers and led Montgomery-Rockville (1-9) with 22 points.