Women's Hoops Topples George Mason for Third Straight Win
Mahoney (17 points) ties career high as Colonials clinch Revolutionary Rivalry for GW Athletics
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Washington women's basketball team made the short trip to EagleBank Arena on Wednesday night with an opportunity for its longest win streak of the season and a season sweep over George Mason.
Behind a career-high tying 17 points from junior Kelsi Mahoney, the Colonials accomplished both in a 65-61 win over the Patriots. It marks GW's third consecutive victory and fourth in its past five games while clinching at least a share of the Revolutionary Rivalry for the GW Athletic Department for 2017-18.
The win also puts GW above .500 for the season at 12-11, and more importantly moves the team to 7-4 in the Atlantic 10 and into a three-way tie for fourth place as the schedule turns to the final stretch.
Mahoney scored 14 first half points and hit a big three-pointer in the fourth quarter to finish with a career-high tying 17 points. She shot 6-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown to lead a barrage by the Colonials from beyond the arc. GW sunk 10 three-pointers in the game with freshman Lexus Levy contributing a trio of triples, all in the second half.
George Mason (18-7, 7-4 A-10) was in control for the early portion of the opening quarter and led by six at the midway point, but GW's defensive effort held the Patriots without a field goal over the final four minutes of the stanza and the Colonials trailed by just one point, 11-10, after the first 10 minutes.
Mahoney got hot in the second quarter, pouring in three treys and 11 total points, as GW outscored George Mason, 19-12, in the period to take a 29-23 lead into halftime.
GW continued to apply offensive pressure into the second half as Levy's first three-pointer opened the third quarter and keyed a 7-2 run which put the Colonials ahead by 11 points, their largest lead of the game, with 7:14 to go in the third.
However, Mason would not go quietly and used a 14-3 run to battle all the way back to tie the score at 39-39 with 1:08 to play in the stanza. It would be as close as the Patriots would get however as senior Kelli Prange powered into the lane for a layup just before the horn to give GW the lead for good, 41-39, entering the fourth.
The fourth quarter was an offensive explosion as the two teams combined for six three-pointers and 46 total points, but GW stayed on top the entire time. The Colonials shot 8-of-14 from the field and hit five three-pointers in the quarter while sharing the ball to the tune of five assists, with three coming courtesy of Mahoney. Junior Mei-Lyn Bautista iced the game with four huge free throws in the final 30 seconds.
Mahoney's effort was a well-rounded one as she tied her career-high with five assists and added four rebounds and two blocks for one of the finest performances of her career. She was joined in double figures by Prange (13 points, five rebounds) and senior Brianna Cummings (10 points, six rebounds). Levy finished just shy with nine points and career-high five rebounds with two steals and an assist. Bautista turned in another fine performance as the point guard, totaling four assists against just one turnover to go with six points, one steal and one block.
GW now turns its attention to league-leading Dayton, who will visit the Smith Center on Sunday in a nationally-televised game at 12:00 p.m. on ESPNU. The Flyers, who beat the Colonials by 11 points in Ohio on January 21, sit atop the conference standings at 19-4 overall and 12-0 in the A-10.
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