George Washington senior guard Elisa Aguilar missed 11 of her first 13 shots but came through late in the game, making three three-pointers in a 23-second stretch to lead the Colonials to a 79-65 victory over Howard last night before 1,173 at Smith Center.
George Washington (1-1) could not shake the stubborn Bison, who pulled within six with about seven minutes remaining when Aguilar found her touch to give the Colonials a 70-55 lead. Aguilar, who missed 9 of 10 field goal attempts in a loss to Vanderbilt last week, finished with 17 points last night.
"That's what great players do," Colonials Coach Joe McKeown said. "She's a money player, and she's one of the top guards in the country."
Aguilar said she felt that her three-pointers pulled her out of the early season slump.
"When I made the three of them, I took a breath," she said. "I'm working on it. I have confidence in my shooting."
The Colonials also got big games from forwards Petra Dubovcova and Erica Lawrence. The 6-foot-3 Dubovcova dominated play down low, recording 21 points and 13 rebounds--including seven offensive. Lawrence, a freshman, had 11 points and five rebounds.
George Washington outrebounded Howard by only three (49-46), but the Colonials came up with numerous second chances and totaled 25 offensive rebounds.
Howard (0-1) had a tougher time offensively. The Colonials' defense disrupted the Bison's offense with presses and traps. The Bison had 20 turnovers in the first half and 31 overall.
Sophomore center Andrea Gardner made an impressive season debut with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Mona Gail Baker came off the bench to provide a spark with 14 points and seven rebounds.
"You can't let down on good teams," Howard Coach Sanya Tyler said. "But I'm pleased with what I saw with our kids."