Women’s Basketball Team Advances to CAA Quarterfinals

Posted: March 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The host George Mason Patriots used an aggressive defense and an accurate shooting touch to defeat Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the first round of the 2006 AĆ©ropostale Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship Wednesday night by a score of 74-60.

The eighth-seeded Patriots shot 54.5 percent from the field and hit 6 of 11 three-pointers while causing 21 turnovers to improve to 12-16 and move on to the quarterfinals where they will face Old Dominion University at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The ninth-seeded Rams fall to 13-15 with the loss.

Sophomore Keyhana Wakefield went 7-for-10 on her way to a career-high 18 points to lead the victors, while sophomore Lateisha Wade added 15 of her own. Sophomore Jessica Smith and junior Nikkia Slade scored 11 and 10, respectively, to round out double digit scorers for the Patriots.

Krystal Vaughn netted a team-high 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead VCU, while Vera Chistova added 13. CAA Rookie of the Year Quanitra Hollingsworth scored a quiet 9 points, but pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

In the first half, the Rams shot a respectable 42.3 percent from the field, but it was George Mason that converted 55.2 percent and used a 5-for-7 three-point attack to steadily build what would turn into a 12-point lead.

The Patriots also took advantage of VCU’s mistakes, earning 12 points off turnovers in comparison to the Rams’ 2. Keyhana Wakefield paced Mason at the half with 10 of their 21 bench points, while Lateisha Wade added 8. VCU was led by Vera Chistova and Michele Cosel with 8 apiece.

VCU chipped away at Mason’s lead in the second stanza, eventually getting it down to 2 at 56-54 at the six-minute mark, but the Patriots answered with three free throws and a full-court trap that led to another deuce to get the lead back to 7.

The Rams would not get any closer than 5 the rest of the way, and the Patriots went on to extend to the final margin of 14 as turnovers and fouls plagued the Rams.

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