Kimberly Beck scored 20 points to surpass 1,000 for her career, Antelia Parrish added 17 points and eight rebounds, and No. 14 George Washington opened its season with a 79-59 victory over host UMBC last night.
Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 18 points and Whitney Allen had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Colonials, who improved to 7-0 against UMBC.
Carlee Cassidy led the Retrievers (0-1) with 24 points, 18 in the second half. UMBC committed 24 turnovers, leading to 32 George Washington points.
Six of the Colonials' nine three-pointers came from Beck, who became the 23rd player in George Washington history to reach 1,000 points on a left-side three-pointer with 3:37 remaining in the game.
UMBC raised a banner commemorating its 2006 America East tournament championship in a pre-game ceremony, then sprinted to a 9-3 lead on Kristin Drabyn's three-pointer.
But Beck's rainbow, right-side three-pointer with 14:20 left in the first half ignited a 13-2 run for a 16-11 Colonials lead.
George Washington closed the first half with a 10-3 burst capped by consecutive three-pointers by Parrish for a 34-25 halftime lead.
UMBC got within 44-37 on a three-point play by MacKenzie Butler with 15:46 remaining in the second half, but GW responded with an 11-3 run featuring five points by Beck.
Northeastern 69, Coppin State 65 -- A late rally by the Eagles was not enough to overcome the Huskies in the season opener for both schools at the Central Florida Knights Classic. The Eagles trailed 63-48 with 6:33 to play before staging a comeback. But Stephanie Modell sealed the victory for Northeastern with two free throws with 10 seconds remaining. Senior Rashida Suber led Coppin State with 20 points, Oakley added 16 and Jennifer Martin scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Loyola 72, Drexel 62 -- Vika Sholokhova had 14 points to power the host Greyhounds (1-0) past the Dragons (0-1). Loyola trailed by 10 at the half before outscoring Drexel 49-29 in the second half behind 41.4 percent shooting from the field.
Towson 58, Mount St. Mary's 56 -- Shanae Baker-Brice hit a layup with 2:03 left to give the Tigers (1-0) the lead for good at 56-54. Jamell Beasley led Towson with 16 points, and Briana Gauthier had 14 for the Mount (0-1).
Rice 63, Navy 52 -- The Owls (1-0) connected on 12 of 13 free throws over the final 10 minutes of the game, including 8-for-8 shooting over the final six minutes to beat the Midshipmen (0-1) in the first round of the Winthrop Classic in Rock Hill, S.C.
Coppin State 69, St. Paul's 65 -- Robert Pressey scored 19 points and helped the Eagles overcome a late deficit in their season opener at the Hornet Roundball Classic. The victory marked the first time the Eagles have opened the season with a victory since the 1995-96 season, when they defeated Lincoln (Pa.), 119-73.
Navy 88, Longwood 72 -- Greg Sprink scored 28 points to lead the visiting Midshipmen (1-0) over the Lancers (0-1). Navy led by as many as 21 points late in the first half and took a 49-33 halftime lead over the Lancers, who are playing in their first season as an official Division I team after a four-year reclassification process.