FAIRFAX, VA. ? The Georgetown women?s basketball team (3-0) notched its third straight victory to open the 2003-2004 season with a 72-63 win at George Mason (0-1). Pacing the Hoyas was All-America candidate Rebekkah Brunson (Sr., Oxon Hill, Md./ Oxon Hill), who recorded her 34th career double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Also setting new career highs was starting forward Varda Tamoulianis (Moscow, Russia/ Academy of Labour and Social Relations) with 14 points, 11 in the first half, and seven rebounds. Mary Lisicky (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) reached the double-digits with 14 points, which included 80 percent shooting from the free throw line (8-of-10). GMU had four players score over 10 points, led by Vernessa Neamo?s 22.
The first half remained scoreless until the 18:39 mark when Neamo netted a trey. Georgetown went up by three at the 13:37 mark (11-8), but the Patriots answered with an 8-0 scoring run to put the score at 20-13 with about 10 minutes remaining. Mason garnered its largest lead of the game at 7:10 with the score at 28-18 after a three-pointer by Laura Kooij, but the Hoyas would regain the lead with 2:56 remaining on a put-back by Brunson. GMU tied it up at 34 with 2:19 remaining, which was the score at the end of the half.
Georgetown opened up the second stanza on a 6-0 scoring run, with free throws from Tamoulianis and Brunson and an outside jumper from Carmen Bruce (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley). The Patriots regained the lead at 11:22 when Derevjanik made a free throw to put the score at 47-46. Georgetown's largest lead of the contest occurred at 3:35 (68-54), but Mason pulled within five with just under a minute remaining after Kooij made two from the charity stripe. Two free throws by Lisicky in the final seconds sealed the nine-point victory for the Hoyas.
The Patriots shot 37 percent on the night (23-of-61), while Georgetown netted 25-of-65 (38 percent). The Hoyas dominated on the boards as they grabbed 51 to Mason's 42 and both teams were even in turnovers with 16 a piece. Georgetown scored 28 second chance points to Mason's four.
Georgetown closes out its four game road swing with a 1 p.m. game at New Hampshire this Saturday, November 29th.