Women Patriots Play in CAA Tournament Today; Mason to Host Tourney Next Two Years

Posted: March 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason women’s basketball team will face seventh-seeded James Madison University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament quarterfinals today at noon. The game will be held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk.

The Patriots head into the conference tournament as the no. 2 seed for just the second time in George Mason history since becoming a member of the CAA in 1985. George Mason holds an overall conference tournament record of 11-18. In the 19 years, the Patriots have advanced to the semifinals on nine occasions and played in the championship game twice.

This week, senior guard Jen Derevjanik received All-CAA First Team honors for her efforts during the 2003-04 campaign. She started all 25 games for the Patriots and has scored in double figures in 22 contests. Derevjanik closed out the regular season first among teammates and second in the conference with 16.3 points per game. She also leads the Patriots in assists per game with 4.2.

Senior forward Vernessa Neamo was named to the All-CAA Second Team, as well as the conference All-Defensive team. Neamo closed out the regular season third in the CAA in steals per game (2.42), fifth in rebounding (7.8), sixth in defensive rebounds (5.21), and sixth in scoring (15.2). She became just the 13th player in Mason’s history to amass 1,000 career points and also became the Patriots all-time steals leader.

In other women’s basketball news this week, George Mason has been selected by the league’s athletic directors to host the CAA Championship in 2005 and 2006. It will be the first time George Mason has served as host of the women’s championship. All games will be played at the 10,000-seat Patriot Center.

“Old Dominion has done an outstanding job of hosting the championship for the past four years, but this allows us to expose our women’s basketball championship to other regions in the conference,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “George Mason put together an excellent bid, and we are confident that they will put on a terrific event.”

The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship has been conducted at eight different campus sites over the league’s 19 years. Only once has it been held in the Washington, D.C., area, when American University served as host in 1988.

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