Va. - Janaa Pickard and Amber Easter both recorded double-doubles Sunday
afternoon, but it was not enough as the George Mason women's basketball team
dropped an 82-70 Colonial Athletic Association decision to Hofstra in the
Patriot Center. Mason out-rebounded the Pride by 15 and converted 28 offensive
rebounds into 28 points in the contest.
dipped to 12-12 overall and 6-7 in league play, while Hofstra improved to 17-7,
led Mason offensively with 19 points and notched her sixth double-double of the
season with a team-high 11 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds. Pickard matched
her career-high of 17 points as the sophomore pulled down 10 rebounds to record
her second double-double of the season to go along with four blocks. Taleia Moton
added 11 points to the board and Evelyn Lewis finished with seven rebounds and
Evans led all scorers with 28 points, but was held to five rebounds. Candace
Bond and Nicole Capurso added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Candice
Bellocchio, who leads the league in assists, dished out seven helpers and
finished with eight points and three steals.
won the edge on glass (53-38) and led in second chance points (28-7), but was
outscored in the paint 46-26.
capitalized on a slow start by Mason in the first half, climbing out with an
early 15-3 lead before Rahneeka Saunders and Joyous Tharrington combined to
slice the score to 15-9 with 12:44 to play. The teams traded baskets for almost
a three minute period before the Pride took their largest lead of the stanza of
14 points off an old-fashioned three-point play from Bellocchio at 7:40.
sparked a 12-0 Mason run over the next two minutes and change as the Patriots cut
the score to 32-30 on back-to-back treys from Easter and Pickard with 5:25 to
play. Hofstra responded pushing its lead back out to nine points, but Mason
would chip its deficit to four points on a Moton jumper before the end of the
period as the Pride closed the stanza on a 7-3 run for a 49-41 halftime
was held scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half as Hofstra
rebuilt its comfortable lead back out to 54-41 before Christine Weithman
snapped the scoring drought with a bucket at 14:47. The Pride took a 66-50 lead at 9:31 following a three-pointer from Bond. Cierra Strickland
cut the score to a 12-point deficit hitting a jumper at the 5:14 mark as
Pickard sliced the score to 78-66 at 1:58 after Hofstra gained another 16-point
lead at 2:55. Mason finished the game with a pair of free throws from Pickard
for the final 82-70 score.
returns to the road after closing out this two-game homestand traveling to
Towson on Thursday, Feb. 16 for a 7 p.m. meeting to wrap up the regular season
series against the Tigers.