Women's Hoops Begins Mid-Atlantic Trip At George Mason
Feb. 11, 2014
Last Meeting: George Mason 55, Massachusetts 52; Dec. 1, 2011
Jasmine Watson scored in double figures for the sixth straight game, totaling 14 points and six boards. Shakia Robinson joined Watson with 14 points and had a team-best seven rebounds. Megan Zullo added 10 points and five assists, while Emilie Teuscher had eight points and Aisha Rodney grabbed five rebounds.
UMass led briefly in the opening minutes, but Moton's basket at 18:06 put 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.
Scouting George Mason Women's Basketball
Three from George Mason average double-digits in points, led by Taylor Brown's 17.8 per game. Janaa Pickard adds 13.3 while Sandra Ngoie provides 12.3 points in each appearance. Pickard in also the leading rebounder for the Patriots with an average of 8.5 pulled down in each contest.
However, the offense generated by Mason, which averages 68.9 points per game, is not enough to offset its defensive struggles as the squad allows opponents to score at a rate of 75.2 points in each contest. The opposition also holds a slim margin in rebounding, 44.5-to-42.2, while foes have also dished out more assists, 365-277, earned more steals, 203-143 and turned the ball over fewer times, 403-323.
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Mital Stopping And Popping Her Way Into The Record Book
As a sophomore in 2012-13, Mital hit 48 of her 151 tries from long distance (31.8 percent) after she finished 8-of-39 in the category as a freshman (20.5 percent). She is also ninth all-time in three-point field goal attempts (301) and her made percentage (.332) puts her in 11th place in the record book for the category currently.
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Harris Making The Most
She provided 10 points, seven boards and a career-high five assists against VCU before she chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists versus Dayton. To continue her recent stretch of success, Harris totaled 11 points, three rebounds and a trio of assists at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym.
She added 14 points, a career-high six assists and two boards against George Washington (1/29) and scored 13 more to go with seven rebounds and a pair of helpers at Rhode Island (2/5). The Farmington Hills, Mich., native then totaled 10 points, three assists and an offensive board against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 8.
She Gets Buckets
For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 183 of her 377 attempts as a Minutewoman (48.5 percent). She was 20-of-43 as a freshman (46.5 percent) and 32-for-72 over her sophomore campaign (48.8 percent).
Ready Inducted Into UMass Athletics Hall Of Fame
Ready finished her career ranked eighth all-time in scoring at UMass with 1,406 career points, including a 20.7 point per game average as a senior. An all-American and all-region selection as a senior, Ready was also invited to compete for a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. A stress fracture caused her not to attend the tryout and the Olympic Games ended up being boycotted by President Carter due to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
Ready still ranks among the best all-time at UMass in several categories. She is No. 1 in career field goal percentage (.545), second in points per game (16.5), third in rebounds (831), third in rebounds per game (9.8), and sixth in field goals (615). During her career, she was twice nominated for the Wade Trophy as Player of the Year (30 players nationally nominated each year).
Following graduation, Ready went on to become a basketball and volleyball coach before taking over as the Director of Student Life at Massasoit Community College from 1995-2008. She was deeply involved in the Special Olympics program in Southeastern Massachusetts and was nominated for the Special Olympics Hall of Fame after serving as its Game's Director. Ready is currently the Athletic Director at Massasoit.