WOMEN'S BASKETBALL vs MASSACHUSETTS
WHEN: Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: Richmond Coliseum
RECORDS: No. 12 George Mason (7-22, 1-15 A-10), No. 13 UMass (4-26,1-15 A-10)
SERIES RECORD: Mason leads 3-0
LAST MEETING: Mason took a 101-73 win Feb. 12
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News and Notes
Twelfth-seeded George Mason women’s basketball (7-22, 1-15 A-10) takes on 13th seed Massachusetts Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. in the Opening Round of the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championships at the Richmond Coliseum. This will be the second time this season the programs have met, and fourth overall, with Mason taking a commanding 101-73 victory over the Minutewomen to improve to 3-0 all-time against UMass.
“We are so excited to be in the Atlantic 10 conference,” head coach Nyla Milleson said. “It is a conference full of quality coaches and teams. We are hoping to play well in the tournament and look forward to the future of this program in the A-10.”
Four Patriots registered double-digits in the Patriots’ win over Massachusetts on Feb. 12, with three breaking 20 points. Fifth-year senior Janaa Pickard led the way putting up a career-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double on the season. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Brown contributed 25 points as well, adding seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals to her effort. Sandra Ngoie was just behind them with 23 points on the night and Talisha Watts contributed 15 points in the win. It was just the second time all season that Mason won with four players in double-digits. It was also just the second time that the combination of Pickard, Brown, Ngoie and Watts all hit double figures in the same game.
Mason is coming off a four game road slide to end the season, falling 73-62 at home to Richmond to end the season on March 1. However, they are looking to start fresh heading into tournament play.
“We are excited for a new start in the A-10 tournament,” Milleson said. “While nothing will be easy we feel as though we have improved over the course of the season and know anything can happen in any given day. “
While Brown and Ngoie shot over 56% against Richmond, combining for 46 points, the rest of the offense was stagnant going 8-for-26 on the game. Milleson notes that her “Big Three” of Ngoie, Brown and Pickard will have to get some support if they hope to make noise in Richmond.
“Our entire team is going to have to play their best basketball,” Milleson said. “Inconsistent play and scoring has hurt us all year. Hopefully we can get production from our ‘Big Three’ and support from the others.”
The Minutewomen snagged their lone conference win on Feb. 23 in a 69-53 decision over Rhode Island, but ended the season with back-to-back losses to Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 27 and Saint Louis on March 2. On the season, UMass is led by Kim Pierre-Louis with 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Rashida Timbilla leads the way for the Minutewomen on the boards with an average of 7.1 rebounds per game.
The winner of Wednesday’s opening round matchup will move on to face fifth-seeded Saint Joseph’s on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Stay tuned to GoMason.com as well at Atlantic10.org for complete tournament details. For ticket information, please visit Mason’s ticketing page.