Moton Hits Key Jumper to Send Women's Basketball Past Drexel, 49-47
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Moton Hits Key Jumper to Send Women's Basketball Past Drexel, 49-47

FAIRFAX, Va. - Tied at 47-47 with 22 seconds to play, Taleia Moton hit a jumper 17 seconds later to put George Mason ahead 49-47. Drexel called a 30 second timeout as the Patriots guarded the Dragons on the inbound pass to seal the Colonial Athletic Association conference win Thursday night in the Patriot Center. Three Patriots posted double-figure scoring numbers to improve Mason to 2-4 in CAA action (8-9 overall), while Drexel dropped to 11-6, 3-3.

As the clock struck the final minute to play, Amber Easter hit a layup to give the Patriots a 47-42 lead and forced Drexel to call a timeout. On the next possession, Kamile Nacickaite connected on an old-fashioned three-point play with 46.6 on the board for a 47-45 ballgame and a Mason turnover to follow resulted in Nacickaite tying the contest at 47-47 with 17.7 remaining in the game. Mason called a timeout right before Moton hit the game winner with 4.7 seconds as the Patriots held off the Dragons in the final seconds for the win.

Moton led three Patriots in double-figures with 14 points, six coming in the second half. Brittany Poindexter and Amber Easter followed contributing 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Patriots won the edge on glass, 37-28, led by Angelee LaTouche with seven boards. Of Mason's 12 total assists, LaTouche recorded a career-high five to lead the way.

Drexel was 11-of-17 at the free throw line and was led in scoring by Nacickaite with 17 points. The Dragons kept Mason to a 5-of-6 effort at the charity stripe, but struggled on the offensive glass as the Patriots were able to convert for 11 second chance points. Drexel held its last lead of the contest with 10:59 in the first half.

Only two field goals were made between the conference foes through the first six minutes of the first half as Drexel took a 10-8 lead at the second media timeout with 10:06 on the clock. Traded baskets created a 14-14 tied score thereafter that the teams held for two minutes before a Tyler Hale trip to the charity stripe broke the tie. An old-fashioned three-point play from Moton capped a 5-0 Mason run that put the Patriots up 19-15 with 4:17 to play. Drexel cut the score to two points, but the Patriots held strong and took a 24-20 lead into halftime.

Mason hit seven of its 11 field goals in the paint and converted nine Dragon turnovers into five unanswered points at the break.

The Patriots came out of the break firing, putting together a 6-0 run for a 30-20 advantage with 18:25 on the clock. Nacickaite hit a three-pointer at 12:42 that sparked an 8-4 Drexel run, cutting the score to four points, 36-32, with 10:00 on the clock. Easter hit a trey that pushed Mason out to a 39-32 lead at the 9:21 marker. The comfortable lead was short-lived as Drexel's Nacickaite hit a jumper before a Jasmina Rosseel trip to the free throw line made it a one possession ballgame, 43-41 with 2:50 left in the game. Nacickaite tied the contest at 47-all with 22 seconds to play before Moton hit the game-winner with five seconds on the clock for the final 49-47 victory.

The win snapped an eight-game win streak Drexel held over Mason entering the contest. Mason last defeated the Dragons on March 4, 2005 in a 46-44 victory in the Patriot Center.

Mason returns to the road for a trio of CAA contests beginning at William & Mary on Sunday, January 23. Tip is slated for 2 p.m.
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