PISCATAWAY, N.J., JAN. 24 -- Despite winning 13 of its first 15 games, the George Washington women's basketball team had one Achilles' heel: rebounding. Tonight, ninth-ranked Rutgers drove an arrow deep into that heel en route to a 78-47 romp before 1,924 at Brown Athletic Center.

The loss snapped a school-record nine-game win streak for the Colonial Women (13-3, 7-1 in the Atlantic 10) and dropped them into second place in the conference behind the Scarlet Knights (14-1, 7-0).

Before tonight, George Washington had gone undefeated in the conference despite losing the battle of the boards by an average of 6.4 rebounds per game. But, on this night, there was no escaping the Scarlet Knights' superior size and quickness, as they outrebounded the Colonial Women, 51-26.

"Basically, we couldn't stop people inside in the first half," George Washington Coach Joe McKeown said. "We got crushed on the offensive boards."

From the outset, the Scarlet Knights' front line of 6-foot-4 LaTonya Johnson, 6-2 Tanya Hansen and 6-0 Vicky Picott was able to operate almost at will. That trio scored 21 of the team's first 23 points, with 6-3 reserve C'ta Mitchelson adding the other two. Rutgers' inside superiority was so obvious, it needed just two points from its starting backcourt.

"In the last couple of games, we've been lax in the {rebounding} department," said Rutgers Coach Theresa Grentz. "We had to put emphasis in a few particular places, and that was one of them."

Hansen led the Scarlet Knights with 22 points and seven rebounds, while reserve forward Caroline DeRoose added 18 points. Kristin McArdle led George Washington with 12 points and six rebounds.

Things went sour fast for the Colonial Women, who trailed by 10 four minutes into the game and by 20 late in the first half. They didn't score consecutive baskets until the final three minutes of the first half.

While Rutgers' size enabled it to dominate inside, that advantage also allowed the Scarlet Knights successfully defense the Mary K. Nordling. The 6-4 center -- who was named Atlantic 10 player of the week Monday -- could not get loose inside, finishing with six points and four rebounds. The Scarlet Knights' quick perimeter defense also shut down GW's leading scorer, forward Jennifer Shasky, who had seven points on three-of-10 shooting.

"We never got started at all offensively," McKeown said. "We talked about being loose and relaxed and just coming in and playing, but Rutgers took us out of things early, and maybe we got a little tentative."

UMES 62, Howard 59: Sophomore guard Sondra Cockfield scored a team-high 13 points to lead the Hawks (9-8, 3-2 MEAC) at home. Senior guard Felicia Oliver led the Bison (6-8, 3-2) with a game-high 30 points.

Virginia 87, Wake Forest 70: The No. 1-ranked Cavaliers improved to 17-1 and 6-0 in the ACC winning in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Virginia was led by Tammy Reiss, who scored 20 points, shooting 12 for 12 from the foul line. Dawn Staley added 18 points and Tonya Cardoza had with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Freshman Nicole Levesque scored a career-high 27 points for the Demon Deacons (11-8, 2-5).

Georgetown 82, Boston College 70:

In Boston, Kris Witfill was 17 of 29 and four of five from the foul line in scoring a game-high 38 points for the Hoyas (7-8, 2-5 in the Big East). The Eagles (8-10, 2-5) were led by Sarah Behn's 24 points.

Gallaudet 89, Goucher 47: At Gallaudet, the Bison (7-8) placed three players in double figures, routing the Gophers (4-5).

Messiah 91, Catholic 74: At Du Four Center, Paula Fritz scored 25 points to lead the Falcons (9-6). Gretchen Ritter led the Cardinals (5-11) with 21 points and Chris Pelli scored 16 and had 17 rebounds.

Bridgewater 68, Mary Washington 59: The Eagles (13-5) won their seventh in a row.