Junior guard Kristeena Alexander scored 25 second-half points in a reserve role, leading George Washington past La Salle, 72-61, yesterday in the teams' Atlantic 10 Conference opener in Philadelphia.
With starting guards Marlo Egleston and Elisa Aguilar (combined 2 for 17 from the field) unable to find their shooting touch, Alexander's performance over the final 20 minutes was crucial for George Washington (5-2). Alexander shot 10 for 10 in the second half and 11 for 15 overall, including 6 for 6 from the foul line, to finish with 29 points.
Junior center Petra Dubovcova (16 points) was the only other Colonials player to score in double figures.
George Washington won thanks in large part to offensive rebounding, where the Colonials held a 17-9 advantage. Overall, George Washington held a 42-35 rebounding edge, with Starr Jefferson grabbing a team-high 12.
Shannon McDade's 15 points and 12 rebounds led La Salle, which fell to 4-4. Suzanne Keilty scored 12 points, and Marjorie Rhoads added 11--but shot just 3 for 12--to round out Explorers who reached double figures.
MARYLAND 66, ROBERT MORRIS 57: Senior guard Tiffany Brown was one of four Terrapins to score in double figures against the visiting Colonials.
Brown led Maryland with 17 points, including 14 in the second half. Dee Dee Warley (St. John's) added 14 points, and Marche Strickland and Branka Bogunovic scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The win lifted Maryland to 6-2. Last year at this time, Maryland still was searching for its first victory with an 0-8 record.
Brown entered yesterday's game as the Terrapins' leading scorer but was held scoreless until she made a three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer, giving Maryland a 31-22 lead.
GEORGETOWN 98, LONG ISLAND 55: Katie Smrcka-Duffy scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Hoyas in a nonconference game at McDonough Arena.
Georgetown's Nok Duany added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, and Santia Jackson chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out.
GEORGE MASON 62, DUQUESNE 55: Senior forward Jill Bartley scored a season-high 18 points to help the Patriots end a three-game losing streak in a nonconference game at Patriot Center.
The Patriots were helped by a season-best nine three-pointers--four by Bartley and three by Jen Surlas (14 points). Seniors Chrissy Todd (12 points, nine rebounds) and Trish Halpin (10 points, four blocks) also contributed to help George Mason improve to 3-4.