Rachel Ward's status heading into Wednesday night's Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 semifinal was up in the air as George Washington's junior guard battled sickness.
But in the wake of her performance, Patriots coach Jamie LeMaster may start distributing her medication to the rest of the team.
Ward provided a consistent offensive threat on a night when not many could be found as she turned in a team-best 17 points and sparked GW to a 60-44 win over visiting Capital.
GW led by just five at halftime, but Ward knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and had 10 third-quarter points to help the Patriots pull away.
"Rachel has not been feeling well lately and to be honest, coming into the game I didn't know how long or what I was going to be able to do, but I knew I would stick to my starting lineup and go from there," LeMaster said. "Fortunately for us, she was able to play through it. She stepped up. She's on a real hot streak right now."
"I didn't feel like usual, but I still gave my all," Ward said with a cracking voice. "I knew that I had to play and I wasn't going to let everyone down."
Ward was also part of a strong defensive effort as GW held the Cougars to just 15-of-64 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-28 in the first half.
Despite the loss, Capital had a big season, doubling its win total from last year and finishing 14-10.
Cougars coach B.J. Calabrese said his team, which entered Wednesday on a seven-game win streak, defied odds all year, despite the disappointing ending.