George Washington 88, No. 22 Western Kentucky 63
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Colleen McCrea spurred a 14-2 run to start the game, and Noelia Gomez scored 24 points as George Washington extended its winning streak to 14 by beating No. 22 Western Kentucky 88-63 Saturday.
Blowing bubbles as she dribbled, McCrea had two steals and two assists during the opening run, which she capped by saving the ball to a teammate to keep a possession alive, then making a 3-pointer 3:52 into the game.
George Washington (17-4) won its 30th consecutive game, the third longest active streak in the nation. After a 1-3 start, the Colonials have won 16 of 17, going 11-0 in the Atlantic 10.
The Smith Center crowd of 2,783 was George Washington’s largest for a women’s regular-season home game in GW history.
Sun Belt powerhouse Western Kentucky (16-6), which had won five straight, sustained its worst defeat this season. The Lady Toppers’ point-guard-by-committee couldn’t penetrate the quick hands of McCrea and rest of the Colonials’ defense, which made 14 steals and forced 27 turnovers.
McCrea finished with four steals, six assists and three points. Gomez, a junior transfer from Spain, was 10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-5 from the line and had eight rebounds.
Marlo Egleston scored 18 points, and Lisa Cermignano added 16, Chasity Myers 14 and Tajama Abraham 11 for the Colonials, who had 21 assists to the Lady Toppers’ 10. GW shot 56 percent from the field.
Leslie Johnson led Western Kentucky with 17 points. Laurie Townsend had 13.
George Washington led 45-22 at halftime, having held the Lady Toppers scoreless in a 7-0 run over the last 5:37 of the first half. Western Kentucky never cut the deficit below 18 in the second half.