FAIRFAX, Va. - Behind double-figure scoring performances from Taleia Moton and
Christine Weithman, the George Mason women's basketball team dominated visiting
UNC Asheville Sunday afternoon for an 88-59 victory in the Patriot Center. The
Patriots pushed their win streak to four games and improved to 4-1 overall this
season, while Asheville dipped to 2-3.
For the game, Mason shot 56.5 percent from the field and 75
percent at the free throw line, while holding Asheville to a 29.4 percent
shooting efficiency. Moton erupted in the second half, draining 24 points to
finish with a game-high 30 to match her career-high set 10 days ago at Longwood.
Meanwhile, Weithman set a career-high scoring 22 points hitting five triples
and going 7-for-9 at the charity stripe. Rahneeka Saunders led Mason on the
glass with a career-high 11 rebounds as the Patriots narrowly won the rebounding battle, 41-40.
Asheville saw double-figure scoring performances from three
Bulldogs led by Kelli Riles with 17 points. Shonese Jones followed with 14
points and Lindsey Thompson added 11. Riles finished with a double-double
adding 15 rebounds. The redshirt-junior went 7-of-8 at the free throw line.
Mason hit four three-pointers - three from Weithman - and held
Asheville to a 27 percent shooting effort from the floor in the first half to
hold a 43-24 halftime advantage. Trailing by one point a 3-2, the Patriots used
a 9-0 spurt over the next 1:59 to take a nine-point lead at 12-3 with 15:39 to
play. The closest UNC Asheville would come the remainder of the stanza
was seven points as Mason built its lead out to 18 points on three occasions
and held its largest lead of 19 points at the break. Weithman paced the
Patriots during the period with 15 points from a 3-of-6 shooting effort from
long range and 6-of-8 effort at the charity stripe.
In the second half, the Patriots shot 71 percent from the
floor led by Moton's 24 point effort. Asheville cut the score to 14 on a Leah
Wormack jumper at the 12:37 mark, but Mason responded with a 14-0 run over the
next 4:27 to push its lead back to a comfortable 28-point margin, 70-42 with
7:55 left to play. With 3:51 left on the clock, Weithman converted a four-point
play hitting her fourth triple and drawing a foul on the play to put Mason up
78-58. Just over a minute later, Weithman connected on her fifth three-pointer
as the Patriots took its largest lead of 30 points on a Melissa Collier bucket
with 1:15 left.
Mason continues this three-game homestand
welcoming Massachusetts to the Patriot Center on Thursday, December 1. Tip-off
is slated for 7 p.m.