George Washington made just 13 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half but benefited from good outside shooting early by senior guard Marlo Egleston and clutch shooting late by junior guard Kristeena Alexander to pull out a 63-58 upset victory over No. 7 Rutgers last night before 2,533 fans at Smith Center.
It was the Colonials' first win against a ranked opponent since they defeated No. 13 Arkansas on Dec. 5, 1998.
"This was something we really, really needed to get us on a roll," said Egleston, who scored 16 points.
Egleston's three-pointer 2 minutes 50 seconds into the game gave the Colonials an 11-2 lead. However, that basket was the last field goal the Colonials made in the first half.
George Washington missed its next 19 shots and did not make another until 1:23 into the second half--a stretch of 18:33.
"Isn't it amazing?," Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer said of the Colonials' field goal futility. "I've never seen anything like that. It's a basketball phenomenon."
But the Colonials, who made just 3 of 23 shots in the first half, trailed only 23-19 at the break on the strength of their 10-of-12 performance at the free throw line.
"It didn't seem like [the Colonials went without a field goal] that long," said Egleston, who made 4 of 6 three-point attempts. "We got some foul shots and they weren't scoring so it didn't seem that long."
After halftime, George Washington (3-2) turned up its defensive intensity to match Rutgers (3-2) and did a better job going after rebounds. The Colonials also were more aggressive driving to the basket to draw fouls. They scored 28 of their points at the free throw line.
Five minutes into the second half, George Washington took the lead for good when Alexander (18 points) stole the ball and raced downcourt for a layup to give the Colonials a 32-30 lead. That basket was part of an 11-3 run that put the Colonials up 41-33.
Rutgers fought back to narrow the Colonials' lead to 51-48 with 3:14 left to play, but never could regain the lead. Alexander came down to hit a three-pointer to extend George Washington's lead to six.
Elisa Aguilar, who averages a team-high 13.3 points per game, scored just three points--all from the free throw line. She scored her first point with 8:15 remaining.
HOWARD 67, LA.-MONROE 60: Terina Screen had 12 points and eight rebounds and teammate Chanell Washington added 11 points and eight assists in the first round of the Brown Classic at the Pizzitola Center in Providence, R.I.
Mona Baker had seven points and eight rebounds for Howard, which improved its record to 2-3. The Bison advanced to today's championship game, in which they will play Brown, a 76-67 winner over High Point.
Howard outrebounded Louisiana-Monroe, 44-24, and hit 52 percent of its field goal attempts.
NEW MEXICO 63, AMERICAN 59: Miranda Sanchez, Jennifer Williams and Molly McKinnon each scored 12 points to offset a 24-point night by AU's Kate Miller and the Lobos held on to win in front of 7,140 at New Mexico.
TULANE 72, GEORGETOWN 62: Janell Burse scored 23 points and Grace Daley 20 as the Green Wave remained unbeaten by winning at Fogelman Arena.
Katie Smrcka-Duffy had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Nathalie Boudereau scored 12 points for the Hoyas, who fell to 3-3.
Tulane improved to 5-0.