FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior Talisha Watts shot 87.5 percent (7-8) from the field and hit her first career three-point field goal on her way to a double-double with a season-high 16 points in addition to 10 rebounds on Senior Night. Despite Watts' effort, George Mason women's basketball (13-15, 5-10 A-10) fell 79-55 to Fordham (18-10, 10-5 A-10) on Wednesday at the Patriot Center.
The trio of Watts, fellow senior Sandra Ngoie and redshirt junior Taylor Brown, combined for 49 of Mason's 55 points on the night. Brown led the way with 22 and Ngoie added 11 in the effort.
After the Rams got on the board first with a jumper from Samantha Clark, the Patriots quickly responded with back-to-back treys from Ngoie and Brown to give Mason an early 6-2 lead. From there the score would change hands four times with five ties before a three from Fordham's Tiffany Ruffin to put the Rams in front 21-18 and give Fordham the lead for good.
Fordham would lead by as many 13 points at 33-21 with 5:17 to play in the first half, but a --7-4 Patriot run would send Mason into the break down 37-28. Mason would cut the lead down to five with 17:21 remaining after a three-pointer from Ngoie closed the gap to 41-36 Fordham. However, the Rams would outscore the Patriots 38-19 over the final 17 minutes of play to secure the win.
Mason closes out the regular season Sunday vsiting #22/21 George Washington at 2 p.m. as part of the Revolutionary Rivalry.