Junior Katie Smrcka-Duffy scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half as Georgetown defeated St. John's, 61-52, in the teams' Big East opener last night.

The visiting Hoyas (5-3) never trailed in the second half. They went 12 for 12 from the free throw line in the final nine minutes to seal the victory.

Junior Nathalie Bourdereau scored 12 points and freshman reserve Santia Jackson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds for Georgetown. Ana Pericic, a reserve, scored 13 points to lead St. John's (2-4).

* AMERICAN 64, COPPIN ST. 47: Senior guard Melanie Morris scored 14 points and junior Kate Miller had 12 as the Eagles pulled away for a nonconference win at Bender Arena.

Junior forward Latasha Irwin had seven points and a team-high nine rebounds for American (5-2). Liesha Mitchell had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Coppin State (3-4).

* GEORGIA 107, HAMPTON 46: Tawana McDonald scored 21 points and backup center Shala Crawford had 13 points and 15 rebounds as the No. 5 Bulldogs (10-1) routed the visiting Pirates (2-3).

Kelly Miller added 18 points and Coco Miller had 16 for Georgia. Felicia Bryant led Hampton with 12.

Georgia jumped to a 16-2 lead, with Kelly Miller hitting three three-pointers. Hampton had five turnovers during that stretch.

Hampton shot 26 percent from the field, including a 2-for-18 performance from three-point range.

* UCLA 82, SAN DIEGO ST. 61: Maylana Martin finished with 22 points and a career-best 19 rebounds for the No. 8 Bruins (3-2) at home.

* MISSISSIPPI ST. 71, GEORGIA TECH 56: Jennifer Fambrough scored 20 points and Cynthia Hall had all 18 of her points on three-pointers as the No. 25 Lady Bulldogs (7-0) won on the road.