COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Rahneeka Saunders and Kyana Jacobs each
posted double figures Saturday night as the George Mason women's basketball
team dropped a 90-40 decision at No. 9 Maryland in the Comcast Center. Saunders
and Jacobs combined for 23 points as Mason dipped to 4-4 on the season, while
Maryland improved to 6-2.
Maryland held Mason scoreless for nearly eight minutes of
play as the Patriots went 0-for-8 from the field before Janaa Pickard and Saunders
hit a pair of treys within a minute of each other for a 20-6 score with 11:15
left in the first.
Trailing 31-9, Jacobs sparked a 9-2 Mason run, fueling the
spurt with seven points, cutting the score to 33-16 with 4:07 remaining in the first
half. The Terps answered with a 10-2 run to end the half for a 43-20 advantage.
Maryland maintained its comfortable advantage in the second
half, leading by as many as 54 with just over two minutes to play. The Terps
shot 67.9 percent from the floor in the second half and 57 percent from beyond the
arc, compared to Mason's 24.1 percent shooting efficiency from the field.
For the contest, Saunders led Mason offensively with 13
points as Jacobs added 10, just one shy of matching her career-high. Five
different Terps reached double-figures for the home squad led by Tianna Hawkin's
game-high 27 points. Alyssa Thomas recorded the second triple-double in Maryland
program history with 12 rebounds, 11 points and 11 assists.
The Patriots take a break for the exam period
and return to action traveling to George Washington on December 22 for a 12
noon tip in Washington, D.C.