George Mason Tops Massachusetts On The Road
Feb. 12, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va. - UMass women's basketball had five players score in double-figures, but the balanced offense was not enough as the Minutewomen fell at George Mason's Patriot Center, 101-73 on Wednesday evening. Kim Pierre-Louis earned her fourth career double-double on the strength of 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead UMass.
Jasmine Harris added 14 points to go with six rebounds while Nola Henry finished 5-for-10 from the floor with three free throws for 13 points. Emily Mital scored 11 more while Kiara Bomben rounded out the quintet with 10 points to go with six boards.
Mital drained a trio of three-pointers to bump her UMass career total for made treys to 103, moving her into eighth place past Stefanie Gerardot (2005-08), who amassed 102 as a Minutewoman.
Taylor Brown and Janaa Pickard each recorded 25 points to lead George Mason while Sandra Ngoie notched 23. Talisha Watts also totaled double-digits as she scored 15. Pickard pulled down 11 rebounds to join Pierre-Louis in earning a double-double.
Harris opened the game 4-of-8 from the field with a free throw for 10 quick points to keep the score between the sides close. Foul trouble forced her to the bench 11 minutes, 15 seconds into the game and George Mason followed with a 13-2 run to push ahead, 37-25 with 4:08 to play in the stanza.
The Minutewomen employed their three-point game in an attempt cut into the deficit before the break with a trio of made shots from beyond the arc during the final four minutes. Mital chipped in two of those on back-to-back possessions, hitting with 3:54 left before adding a second make only 20 seconds later.
However, the Colonials responded with two triples of their own, one each from Brown and Ngoie, to protect their lead at 45-36 entering halftime.
The Minutewomen started the final frame with offense in the paint to cut it to as close as seven. Down by 11 following a George Mason bucket eight seconds in, Pierre-Louis brought UMass within nine before Amber Dillon used a driving layup at the right side of the hoop to drop the home side's lead to 47-40 with 17:58 remaining.
Following the buckets by Pierre-Louis and Dillon, the Colonials went on an 8-2 run to cushion their hold to 55-42 only two minutes later with three of those points coming on free throws - a category they finished 25-for-32 in (78.1 percent).
George Mason took advantage of five Minutewomen playing with at least three personal fouls to extend the lead to as much as 28 points in the frame. The Minutewomen were within eight with 14:02 remaining, but five quick points from the Colonials re-established their 13-point margin at the 13:15 margin and UMass would not pull closer the rest of the way.
UMass shot 41.3 percent from the floor (26-of-63) and went 5-for-17 on three-point tries (29.4 percent). Mason responded with a 33-for-72 line on field goals (45.8 percent) and nailed 10 of its 23 attempts from beyond the arc (43.5 percent).
Rebounds was nearly even between the sides as the Colonials grabbed 44 to Massachusetts' 43, with each earning 24 on the defensive glass. The Minutewomen led in second chance points, 18-15; bench scoring, 32-29 and points in the paint, 34-32.
The Minutewomen cap their Mid-Atlantic road trip with a stop at George Washington for an 11 a.m. matinee game at the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C.
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