Thursday, December 9, 2010

George Mason, Radford enjoy laughers

Nice to see two teams that often struggle to score pile on the points for a change.

Thursday's results

George Mason 74, Stony Brook 48: Isn't it amazing what executing for 40 minutes can produce? In this case, the result was a 26-point rout of the Seawolves and the Patriots' highest point total in more than a year. Brittany Poindexter led the way with a season-high 21 points, Taleia Moton added 16 and Amber Eastern 10. Evelyn Lewis and Angelee LaTouche each had 11 rebounds. But from our standpoint was that, for the first time in four games, the Patriots (3-5) didn't lose a second-half lead but actually expanded on one. The Patriots boosted a 7-point halftime lead to 13 by the first post-intermission media timeout. With 10:49 to go, Mason's advantage was 29. All in all, a near-perfect way for the Patriots to begin their five-game homestand. As for Stony Brook (3-5), it was an especially tough night for the Seawolves' Virginia contingent. Sophomore forward Gerda Gatling (Forest Park High) finished with 2 points, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls in 17 minutes, and sophomore guard Sam Landers (West Springfield) had 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting in 28 minutes before fouling out with 4:14 left and Stony Brook down 30.

Radford 71, Southern Virginia 39: Bet it felt good, didn't it, Highlanders? Talk about one-sided. The Highlanders had 17 steals and forced 22 turnovers - and that was just the first half. For the game Radford had 25 steals, including a career-high 7 from Da'Naria Erwin Spencer. Meanwhile, Ciara Hayes scored 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field (although she missed both of her free throw attempts - what's up with that?) and Kaylyn Crosier also scored 12 for the Highlanders, who got scoring from 13 of the 14 players that saw action. It wasn't a perfect performance, as the Highlanders missed 11 of 22 free throws and turned it over 21 times themselves. But they could get away with that against these Knights.

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