GREENVILLE--Junior Talisha Watts got her first career double-double as the George Mason women's basketball team dropped its regular season opener 75-66 to East Carolina Sunday night at Minges Coliseum.
“I'm really proud of this basketball team,” head coach Nyla Milleson said. “There was a place or two where we could have folded, but we continued to battle.”
Watts registered 10 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort, going 8-12 from the free-throw line. Redshirt senior Janaa Pickard and sophomore Taylor Brown both contributed 12 points to lead the way for the Patriots.
“Talisha was a warrior,” Milleson said. “She did a great job, she really attacked the glass the second half. I like what I saw.”
After a physical first half where 35 combined fouls were called, the Patriots entered the break trailing 45-34 and would find several players in foul trouble early in the second half, losing Brown to five fouls with eight minutes remaining in the game.
“We just don't have the depth right now to get into foul trouble and that was a big factor in the first half,” Milleson said.
The Patriots refused to back down, however, and outscored ECU 32-30 in the second half and outrebounded the Pirates 31-23.
“We battled,” Milleson said of the second half. “If this team will play like this every time we step on the floor, we are going to have the chance to win some ballgames.”
Mason does not have to wait long for its next opportunity. The Patriots travel to Morehead, Ky. to take on the Morehead State Eagles Tuesday at 6:00 P.M.