Georgetown women's basketball coach Pat Knapp has players who make less than 70 percent of their free throws in a game come to the gym the next morning and shoot 100 foul shots.
Sophomore guard Mary Lisicky averted the early-morning "clinic" by making four free throws in the final 18 seconds to lead the Hoyas past George Washington, 70-65, before 757 at McDonough Arena last night.
Georgetown (8-1) is off to its best start since it opened 13-1 in 1979-80. Meantime, George Washington (4-5) has lost four consecutive games for the first time since Coach Joe McKeown took over 14 seasons ago.
The Hoyas continued their strong start because of Lisicky's heroics and the usual strong games from junior forward Rebekkah Brunson and senior forward Nok Duany. Brunson had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Duany added 17 points.
Lisicky had made 2 of 3 free throws -- 67 percent -- before the final seconds. The first pair, on a one-and-one situation, gave the Hoyas a 68-64 lead with 18 seconds left.
The second one-and-one came with the Hoyas leading 68-65 with 10 seconds left. Lisicky hardly seemed unnerved by the pressure -- just as she approached the free throw line, she turned to her teammates and told them which player she was going to defend when the Colonials got the ball back.
Knapp also had only one player -- guard Sarah Jenkins -- in position to rebound the free throws. The other three players stood near midcourt.
"I didn't say anything to her," Knapp said. "Mary is very, very self-sufficient on free throws. Nok and Becky [Brunson] owe me a couple clinics from our last game. I've been kind of lenient with them. But we don't have to worry about Mary."
Said Lisicky: "I guess I was a little nervous. But we shoot so many free throws in practice that I thought I would make them."
Senior center Ugo Oha had a team-high 20 points and sophomore forward Anna Montanana added 16 points for GW, which is off to a slow start after being ranked No. 21 in the preseason.
"It's very, very frustrating," McKeown said. "We have to learn how to finish games."
Lisicky is not the only one to have success at the free throw line against the Colonials. Brunson, who was shooting 61 percent entering last night, made all five free throws and has made 29 of 31 in three career games against the Colonials.
GW has been the most successful of the Washington area's six Division I women's basketball teams over the past 12 seasons. The Colonials entered the season with a 279-96 record and have been to nine NCAA tournaments in that span. Georgetown is fifth with a 178-160 record and one NCAA tournament berth.
The past two seasons, however, Georgetown has won the unofficial round-robin among the Hoyas, Colonials and George Mason. The Hoyas are 4-0 against those teams.
"We always think we are the best team in the area," Duany said. "But when we come out and actually beat them, there's not much they can say."
* N.C. STATE 79, MARYLAND 72: The Terrapins shot 37 percent and lost their ACC opener in Raleigh, N.C. Maryland (6-6) made only 27 of 73 shots, including 4 of 21 three-pointers. Terri Daniels had 20 points and six assists, and Delvona Oliver contributed 19 points for the Terrapins. The Wolfpack is 6-6, 1-0.
* CLEMSON 63, VIRGINIA 62: LaTonya Blue missed the first of two free throws with seven-tenths of a second remaining as the visiting Cavaliers dropped their ACC opener. She tried to miss the second shot intentionally, but it went in. Brandi Teamer led the Cavaliers (5-6) with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers are 9-3, 1-0.
* NAVY 67, OHIO 52: Junior Maile Shimoda had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Midshipmen (9-3) won their fifth straight.