Va. - In the Colonial Athletic Association home opener for the George Mason women's
basketball team, the Patriots dropped a hard-fought 67-53 decision to Hofstra
in a Sunday matinee in the Patriot Center. Senior Amber Easter paced the
Patriots with 17 points as Mason dipped to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in CAA play.
Hofstra pushed its win streak to six games and improved to 7-7 and 3-0 in
dominated on the glass, winning the rebounding battle 41-29, including a 23-13
edge in offensive boards over Hofstra. The Patriots distributed the effort as
Mason's leading rebounder was Easter with seven. The senior scored a team-high
17 points as Joyous Tharrington contributed eight points to the scoreboard.
was led offensively by four players in double-figure scoring numbers. Andreana
Thomas led the quartet with a game-high 18 points as Shante Evans, who became
Hofstra's all-time leading scorer, and Asia Jackson each added 12 points.
Thomas finished the game with six of Hofstra's 20 assists and one steal. The
Pride outscored Mason in the paint, 40-20.
the first half, Mason outrebounded Hofstra 21-15, but strong shooting from the
Pride allowed the visiting team to carry a 28-23 lead into the halftime break.
The teams opened the game trading baskets as Hofstra grabbed a seven-point
lead, 17-10, off an Evans jumper at the 10:42 mark. Mason responded with
back-to-back buckets from Easter and Melissa Collier, slicing the score to
17-15 with 8:26 left in the first half.
the next 2:54, Mason went 0-for-8 from the field as Hofstra posted six
unanswered for a 23-15 advantage. The Patriots answered with a 6-0 run of their
own, drawing the score to 23-21 with 2:08 remaining in the period. Shavonne
Duckett hit a jumper with 18 seconds on the clock for the halftime score of
28-23 in favor of the Pride. In the first half, Mason pulled down 13 offensive
rebounds led by Tharrington and Rahneeka Saunders, each with three.
came out of the halftime break on fire, quickly cutting the score to one point,
forcing Hofstra to burn a timeout with less than a minute off the clock. The
Pride came out of the timeout to regain a seven point lead, 36-29, with 14:09
on the clock.
and Kyana Jacobs combined to pull Mason to within five points at 42-37 at the
9:03 mark, but that would be the closest Mason would come as Hofstra continued
to pull away. Talisha Watts cut the score to single digits at 53-44 draining a
pair of free throws at the 5:43 mark, but the Pride opened its largest lead of
16 points twice thereafter. Duckett closed the contest hitting a jumper at the
buzzer for the final 67-53 score.
hit 88.2 percent from the free throw line, going 15-for-17, while limiting
Hofstra to a 3-for-7 effort.
Mason returns to the
road for one game traveling to Towson on Thursday, January 17 for a 7 p.m. tip
in the Towson Center.