The George Washington women's team dominated Maryland-Eastern Shore and gave Coach Joe McKeown his 300th victory with a 111-61 rout last night before 861 at Smith Center.
McKeown, who is 232-87 in 11 years at George Washington, improved his career record to 300-107 in 14 overall seasons. He ranks 16th in victories among active women's coaches.
School officials and assistant coaches presented the game ball to McKeown moments after the game. McKeown quickly walked over and handed it to his wife Laura, sitting in the stands near the team bench.
"She's been tremendous throughout all of this," McKeown said. "I couldn't do it without her and my family. I get great support at home, and it's nice to do this at home."
The team then surprised McKeown with a card and a cheer for him. The players also planned to sign the ball for the coach, who choked up with emotion a few times.
"We were really excited for him," center Leslie Carlson said. "We wanted to make it a big scoring game."
The Colonials (8-2) got their wish, coming just five points short of the school single-game record for points--116 on Jan. 28, 1995 at St. Bonaventure. All 11 players scored and six finished in double figures in the Colonials' sixth consecutive victory.
Carlson and Cathy Joens came off the bench for career highs of 22 points. Erica Lawrence (18 points) and Lindsey Davidson (10) also had career highs.
George Washington guard Elisa Aguilar scored 10 points, leaving her 16 short of 1,000 for her career.
Nicole Council led the Hawks with 22 points, but UMES (1-7) couldn't handle George Washington's swarming defense with its presses and traps. The Colonials forced 34 turnovers and often turned the UMES miscues into easy baskets. George Washington showed some textbook passing with 30 assists.
George Washington scored 16 of the first 20 points and raced to a 60-24 halftime lead. The Colonials last scored 100 at home in a 103-41 rout of William & Mary on Jan. 2, 1992. Trina Patterson was the William & Mary coach that night; she's now the UMES coach.
DUKE 95, GEORGE MASON 56: Georgia Schweitzer scored 22 points and Peppi Browne added 14 to reach the 1,000-point plateau for her career as No. 15 Duke routed George Mason in Durham, N.C.
Sheanna Mosch added 13 points and Missy West 12 for the Blue Devils (11-1), winners of 10 straight.
Jen Surlas led George Mason (4-6) with 23 points, while Trish Halpin and Jill Regan added 10 each.
West scored all of her points in the second half, as Duke opened with a 16-0 run to move ahead, 55-22, and put the game away.
Browne scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the second half and became the 12th Blue Devil to break the 1,000-point barrier.
Duke never trailed as Schweitzer hit three three-pointers in as many minutes during the first half. She had 15 points at the break as the Blue Devils led, 39-22.
Duke shot 55 percent from the field while outrebounding the Patriots, 41-28. The Blue Devils scored 22 points off 20 Patriot turnovers.
"Duke has so many weapons and they all play so well together as a team," George Mason Coach Debbie Taneyhill said. "They're a very balanced team that plays hard at both ends of the floor."
BEST WESTERN HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Tiffany Moss and Beverly Winstead scored 22 points each as the Bowie State women won the tournament for the fourth straight time with a 83-62 win over UDC in Bowie.
Senior center Deidra Fields was named the tournament's most valuable player after scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the final game. Moss and Winstead were also named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Bulldogs have won nine straight games and improved to 10-2.
The Lady Firebirds, who fell to 2-8, were led by center Joi Bell's 14 points and 12 rebounds. Takia Barnes added 14 points and Anika Lee had 10.
In the consolation game, Lincoln defeated Spelman, 66-55.