Think I’ll try to make this one. George Mason is 10-2 and 98th in RPI and 115th in Sagarin.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
George Mason enters Monday’s contest with a 10-2 overall record but a 1-2 mark on the road. The Patriots enter as winners of their last four contests.
George Mason shoots 39.8 percent from the field, including 29.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 68.0 points per game, while opponents score 58.0 points per night on 36.1 percent from the field and 26.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
The Patriots have a trio of players who average double figures in scoring including Natalie Butler and Nicole Cardano-Hillary who average 17.9 and 17.8 points per game, respectively. Jacy Bolton also averages 11.8 per game.
Butler also leads the Patriots on the glass, averaging a double-double with 13.7 rebounds per game.
Coogs up 61-56 after 3. Getting killed inside by GM’s big girl, but theyre able to keep the lead.
Coogs still up 67-64 with 4:06 left
Coming down to the wire. Coogs shots aren’t falling.
69-68 Coogs with 2:06 left. Coogs ball.
Just got to hold on now.
77-68 Coogs with 49 seconds left. Run off 10 straight points after falling behind by 1. Impressive run here.
Coogs win 82-73!!!
That’s a nice win over a good team. Team is really coming along this year. One more game against Columbia before conference play starts.
Houston: Houston had four players in double figures including Serithia Hawkins who tallied her second double-double of the season and 13th of her career after tying for the team high with 18 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. Angela Harris also finished the game with 18 points, while Jasmyne Harris added 15 and Octavia Barnes scored 13.
George Mason: Senior transfer Natalie Butler had a monster night for the Patriots, tallying game highs of 35 points and 19 rebounds. Nicole Cardano-Hillary added 14 points, while Jacy Bolton and Camden Musgrave scored 10 points each.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the victory, Houston improved to 1-0 all-time against George Mason.
The win over the Patriots give Houston its 10th win of the season, marking the best start since the 2004-05 team reached the same record in a season that saw the Cougars make the NCAA Tournament.
The 10 wins also gives Houston its most non-conference wins in a single season since the 2003-04 team notched the feat.
Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down 14 rebounds in the game, giving her 575 in her career and moving her past Lesslee Mason (570; 2008-11) for 14th on the all-time list. Hawkins had 10 of her rebounds come on the offensive glass, giving her 225 in her career and moving her into 12th on the Houston offensive rebounds list, passing Nicole Oliver (223; 2000-04).
Despite Natalie Butler’s presence in the paint, Houston won the points in the paint battle 40-30. The Cougars also claimed the points-off-turnovers battle 35-23 and the fast-break points advantage 16-2.
The Cougars forced George Mason to commit 33 turnovers in the game, and came away with 14 steals. The Cougars entered the game first in the conference fourth in the NCAA in total steals with 149.
COOGS IMPROVE TO 10-3 WITH GUTSY WIN OVER GEORGE MASON
At halftime, Hawkins said to the coaching staff, “Put me at the five. Just put me at the five.” Playing the five, meant Hawkins would defend Butler. Hawkins accepted the challenge and, with some help from her teammates, limited Butler to 9 points in the second half on 2 for 3 field goals (5 for 9 free throws) for just 9 points. Butler finished with a career-high 35 points; but, she was no where near as dominant in the second half like she was in the first half.