Mason Holds Off Minutewomen, 55-52
Dec. 1, 2011
FAIRFAX, Va. - The UMass women's basketball team spent most of the contest within striking distance of George Mason, but 32 points from Taleia Moton helped the Patriots hold off the Minutewomen, 55-52, on Thursday evening at the Patriot Center. UMass is now 1-6 on the season, while Mason moves to 5-1 following their fifth straight victory.
Junior Jasmine Watson scored in double figures for the sixth straight game, totaling 14 points and six boards. Classmate Shakia Robinson joined Watson with 14 points and had a team-best seven rebounds. Senior Megan Zullo added 10 points and five assists, while senior Emilie Teuscher had eight points and freshman Aisha Rodney grabbed five rebounds.
UMass led briefly in the opening minutes, but Moton's basket at 18:06 put George Mason in front for good. The Patriots led by as many as 10 in the opening period before the Minutewomen closed the half with a spirited 9-0 run. Watson hit a layup at the buzzer to cap off the spurt and pull UMass within one of Mason at the intermission, 28-27.
The Minutewomen remained within reach of the Patriots throughout the second half, trailing by no more than nine for the duration. Down by eight at the 8:09 mark, UMass posted seven straight points to cut the deficit to 51-50 with 4:55 to play. However, two baskets by Moton in the remainder of the contest helped seal the win for Mason.
The Minutewomen shot 36.8% (21-57) overall, made 4-of-13 (30.8%) from three-point range and were perfect at the free throw line at 6-for-6. The Patriots shot 22-for-58 (37.9%), 5-for-11 (45.5%) from beyond the arc and 6-for-11 (54.5%) at the charity stripe.
In addition to Moton's 32 points, she grabbed four steals for George Mason. Rahneeka Saunders totaled a game-high 11 rebounds and Evelyn Lewis added eight boards.
UMass will conclude its three-game stint on the road next Wednesday, Dec. 7, playing at Boston College at 7 p.m.