Mobayed, who finished with eight points, five assists, five rebounds, one block and one steal, sat out the entire fourth quarter after banging her face off the court late in the third period. She is expected to return for Saturday's title game.
Ward scored 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting and came up with four steals. Patriots senior center Leslie Gilmore chipped in nine rebounds and sophomore guard Hailey Stewart contributed seven points and four assists.
"It's always nice to go to a neutral environment against an unfamiliar opponent and see how you respond,'' said GW coach Jamie LaMaster, who saw his team shoot 54.5 percent after the break. "I thought they played well at times.
"It gives us an opportunity to play in the championship, which was our goal coming down here. It's a good experience. It'll give us good mental preparation for where we need to be and how we need to play.''
Preston 6-foot-2 senior Mary Braham netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while sophomore Alexis Schoolcraft added 11 points and five boards and Feather finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
"The first game we've played in two weeks,'' said Preston coach Brian Miller, whose squad made only 28.8 percent of its shots, including 26.1 percent in the first half. "We've had every game canceled [because of weather] and I think in the second quarter that showed.
"We were a little winded and didn't have our game legs. You can practice as hard as you can, but practicing against our JV, that's not GW. We haven't shot that bad all year except one time. [GW] was smarter than we were. Everything we talked about didn't translate.''
Miller said the Big Atlantic Classic was a good proving ground for the Knights.
"We have not had a game decided by single digits,'' he said. "We have won every game by 12 points or more. I was really interested to come down here and see. You get a George Washington or Parkersburg South. Now, you're going to find some things out.
"To be honest, I walked into the game not sure we could compete with [George Washington]. I don't think they were better than us skill-wise. They were smarter than us. They have the state tournament experience and that's where we're trying to get.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.