FARMVILLE, Va. - Taleia Moton set a career-high scoring 30 points while leading the George Mason women's basketball team to an 80-58 victory over Longwood Thursday night at Willett Hall. The Patriots shot 55 percent from the floor to move their overall record to 2-1 on the season. The Lancers dropped to 1-2.
Moton paced all scorers with 30 points going 10-for-15 from the floor and 3-for-3 from beyond the three-point arc. Amber Easter followed with 16 points as Rahneeka Saunders chipped in 12 points for Mason. For the third consecutive game, the Patriots out-rebounded their opponent, winning the edge on glass, 41-31. Easter and Saunders led on the boards, each securing six rebounds.
For Longwood, three Lancers reached double-figures led by Erin Neal with 14 points. Brittanni Billups followed with 13 and Chelsea Coward added 12 points. The Lancers, who were held to a 32 percent shooting efficiency, were 16-for-24 at the charity stripe led by Coward's 8-of-10 effort. Mason finished 13-for-15 (87 percent) from the free throw line with Moton going 7-for-8.
The first half saw Mason shoot 59 percent from the field and take its first double-digit lead with just four minutes expired in the period. The Patriots opened the stanza hitting three triples for a 9-0 lead by the 17:37 mark, but the Lancers cut their deficit to four points twice by the second media timeout.
Easter, Moton and Evelyn Lewis combined for an 8-0 run over a two and a half minute span as the Patriots took a 15 point advantage at 7:18, 30-15. Mason carried a double-digit lead the remainder of the half with Longwood seeing only one chance to cut the advantage to single digits, but with under 10 seconds to play, Neal committed a turnover that Moton converted with one second left for a 40-28 halftime score.
Longwood opened the second half using an 11-2 run to cut the lead to four points at 43-39 just over two and a half minutes into the period. But the Patriots responded rebuilding their lead as Moton surpassed her previous career-high on a jumper at the 10:18 mark for a 54-41 tally. The Patriots continued expanding their lead taking a 20-point advantage on an Easter one-and-one conversion with 3:39 to play. Down the final stretch, Mason saw buckets from Joyous Tharrington, Saunders, Cierra Strickland and Melissa Collier for the final 80-58 victory.
Moton's 30 points marked the first time a Mason player scored 30+ points in an outing since Jen Derevjanik scored 40 points on March 12, 2004. The win also marked the first time since November 28, 2006 that Mason scored 80 or more points.
Mason concludes this two-game road swing visiting Stony Brook for a 7 p.m. Monday night matchup in Pritchard Gymnasium. The Patriots defeated the Seawolves last season in the Patriot Center by a 74-48 margin.