CINCINNATI (AP) _ Reetta Piipari scored 20 points and led pivotal runs in each half Saturday as Xavier pulled away for a 68-55 victory over No. 24 George Washington.

Xavier (15-3, 5-2 Atlantic 10) took control with a 12-0 run late in the first half, pushing its one-point lead to 28-15. Piipari's three-point play and two free throws started the run.

George Washington (14-3, 5-1) shot 20 percent in the first half and made only 1 of 11 3-point attempts. The second half started the same way, with George Washington missing its first four shots and Xavier's Amy Waugh hitting a 3-pointer that built the lead to 35-20.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Petra Dubovcova and Kristeena Alexander and a pair of free throws by Dubovcova cut the lead to 55-50 with 4:48 left, but Piipari made two free throws and consecutive 3-pointers that rebuilt the lead to 63-50 with 2:12 left. George Washington never got it under double-digits again.

Starr Jefferson scored 15 points for George Washington, which shot only 30 percent from the field. Xavier held its lead by making 21-of-27 from the foul line.