Brittany Ford scored 17 points off the bench for St. Joseph's, helping the Hawks to a 65-46 win over George Mason in a nonconference game yesterday at Hagan Arena.

The Hawks (3-5) were coming off a tough 72-66 overtime loss at home to Hartford on Friday.

"I was concerned how we were going to come out - and we did come out a little flat," St. Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin said. "But our defense got us going, our press came through, and we were able to score in different ways."

Ashley Prim, playing the point guard as a freshman, scored 14 points for St. Joseph's, and Dominique Bryant had 13 points.

Amber Easter had 13 points for the Patriots (5-3). George Mason freshman Janaa Pickard, a graduate of Central High, had three points and six rebounds in 22 minutes.

St. Joseph's next heads to Villanova for a Big Five showdown at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Both teams have been having problems on offense.

"It might get a little ugly," Griffin said. "But I hope it doesn't go three overtimes like last year." St. Joe's won that encounter.

Navy 65, Penn 51 - Jess Knapp scored 16 points, while Sarah Bucar and Kim Adams each scored 11 for the Quakers (0-7) in a loss to the Midshipmen (7-3) in Annapolis, Md.

Minnesota 56, Penn State 48 - Tyra Grant scored 23 points for the Nittany Lions (5-3), who fell to the host Gophers (6-3) in a Big Ten opener.

Elsewhere: Jantel Lavender scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half, powering No. 3 Ohio State to a 70-55 victory over Wisconsin in Columbus, Ohio. . . . In beating Cincinnati by 69-38, No. 9 Xavier set a school record by starting the season 7-0. . . . Jasmine Thomas scored 28 points to lead No. 11 Duke to a 78-72 triumph over Southern Cal in Durham, N.C. . . . Porsha Phillips scored 14 points, including two free throws with 5.6 seconds left, to lead No. 13 Georgia past No. 23 Georgia Tech, 56-50, in Athens, Ga.

Dawn Evans scored 38 points as James Madison upset No. 14 Virginia, 75-73, in Charlottesville, Va. . . . No. 22 Michigan State fell to Indiana, 68-63, in East Lansing, Mich. . . . Italee Lucas put up 17 points to help No. 4 North Carolina defeat St. John's, 83-73, at home.