Women’s Basketball Victorious in First Two Games

Posted: November 22, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Moni Akintunde
Moni Akintunde is off to a great start this season.

Mason sophomores forward Moni Akintunde, nursing major, and guard Keyhana Wakefield, information technology major, each registered a double-double to help lead George Mason’s women’s basketball team to a 71-49 victory over Howard University Monday evening at the Patriot Center. It was the second straight win for the Patriots.

Akintunde matched her previous career-high of 24 points after shooting 70 percent from the field and 10-of-12 from the line. She also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Wakefield was perfect on the night at 3-of-3 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for a team second-best 11 points. Wakefield’s 10 boards were a new career-high. Wakefield also dished out four assists, to match senior guard Jen Daniels, business major, while Akintunde added two blocks and one steal in 26 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Jessica Smith, psychology major, tallied three steals on the night and also added six rebounds in Mason’s win.

There were a total of 49 fouls in this contest, 31 of which were Howard’s. Mason shot 33-of-42 from the line (79 percent). Mason out-rebounded the Lady Bisons, 65-40, and also shot 33 percent from the field compared to Howard’s 26.

In their season opener against Mount St. Mary’s University Saturday afternoon at the Patriot Center, four Patriots scored in double figures to help lead George Mason to a 75-64 victory.

In that contest Daniels led the Patriots in points with 19, dished out a team-best four assists and grabbed nine defensive boards in the win. Akintunde pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds and added a team second-best 17 points, while Smith chipped in 11 points after shooting 5-9 from the field in her first career start. Freshman Nikkia Slade, sports management major, was the other Patriot to score in double figures as she added 10 in her first collegiate game.

Mason shot 61 percent at the free-throw line, making 28 out of 46 attempts, while the Mount was only at the line 25 times and netted 17 of those attempts. The Patriots narrowly outshot their opponents, as Mason was 22-54 from the field, while the Mount was 22-56 on the afternoon.

The game was the first season opening win for the Patriots since 2002.

The Patriots return to action when they face Auburn University at the Duke Tournament in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.

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