FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 78-50 decision to No. 5 Maryland Sunday afternoon in the Patriot Center. Taleia Moton and Janaa Pickard paced the Patriots with a combined 28 points. Mason dipped to 6-3 overall this season with the loss, while Maryland improved to a perfect 11-0 with the win.
Moton drained 16 points to mark her eighth game in double figures this season. Pickard added 12 points as four Terrapins reached double figures led by Alyssa Thomas with 18. Maryland outrebounded Mason 59-33 with two players with double-figure rebound tallies led by Tianna Hawkins with 11.
Mason opened hitting two three-pointers to take a 6-2 lead with less than a minute expired after tip, but after a Pickard bucket at 18:30, the Terrapins put together a 12-0 spurt to grab a 16-8 advantage with 13:54 to play. Maryland held Mason scoreless for an eight minute stretch before Tharrington broke the drought hitting a jumper from the right wing at the 2:50 mark as the Terrapins ran out a 40-15 lead. Saunders hit a triple at the 1:33 mark as Moton closed the period with a jumper, but Maryland carried a 44-20 lead into the break.
In a tale of two halves, Maryland outscored Mason by only four points in the second half, 34-30. The Terrapins opened the period using a 10-0 run to break open a 30-point advantage, which was held the remainder of the game until the final score. Off a Whitney Bays jumper, the Terrapins hit a 40-point lead at 77-37 with 4:19 remaining in the game. After the final media timeout, Mason closed the game on an 11-1 run for the final 78-50 tally.
Mason takes an 11-day break for exams before returning to the court playing host to George Washington on Dec. 22 at a new time, 3 p.m.