"We have a difficult time creating shots. We have to screen and double screen and be ready to catch and shoot."
After being able to find the creases in Huntington's zone and get set for open shots for the first 16 minutes, George Washington players had a tough time making that adjustment.
"It took a lot out of them," Lucas said. "It took them a little extra time to get off a 3-pointer."
A Ward 3-pointer cut the Highlanders' lead to eight points but with time slipping away the Patriots were forced to foul and the lead began to swell.
Huntington players hit 11-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter.
That was a welcome change for a Highlander squad that had lost three games by a total of five points this season.
"We're trying to get on track," Lucas said. "We've been struggling at the foul line and we get to the foul line a lot."
Erica Budd paced Huntington with 18 points while Kianna Evans added 15.
Ward led George Washington with 18 points Alanna Mobayed contributed 10.