George Mason’s Women’s Basketball Falls to Drexel in CAA Championship Quarterfinals; Higy Earns Academic Honor

Posted: March 11, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Third-seeded Drexel University topped sixth-seeded George Mason, 53-49, in the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship at the Patriot Center last night.

The game was tight throughout and featured six ties and eight lead changes. No more than three points separated the two teams in the first 14 minutes of play. Mason’s Keyhana Wakefield knotted the score at 16-16 with a pair of free throws at the 6:25 mark. Freshman Narissa Suber, a CAA All-Rookie performer, connected on her third three-pointer of the half to give Drexel a 22-18 lead with 3:23 to go. A basket by Jen Daniels reduced the margin to 22-20 with 2:27 remaining. The Dragons closed the half on a 10-4 run.

Wakefield led all scorers with 16 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line while the rest of the Patriots were just 5-of-17. Lauren Hediger was the only other Patriot in double figures with 10 points, while Moni Akintunde added a game-high 11 rebounds.

Mason concludes the season at 12-16.

Earlier this week, George Mason sophomore forward Kristin Higy earned All-Colonial Athletic Association Academic Team honors at the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship banquet.

Through three semesters at Mason, Higy currently holds a 3.81 cumulative GPA and registered a 3.88 in the 2004 fall semester. Higy, a communication major, has been named to the Dean’s List, as well as the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for three consecutive semesters and also earned the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award last season.

Higy has played and started in 26 of Mason’s 27 games this season. She has led or tied the Patriots in scoring on two occasions this season, twice in rebounding, once in assists, and four times in the steals category.

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