WOMEN'S: ARIZONA (1-0) vs. GEORGE MASON (2-1)
Friday, 5 p.m.
EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va.
: Mason (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10), Arizona (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Arizona leads 1-0
: Arizona defeated Mason 68-60 in overtime on Dec. 29, 2015
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GAME OF THE WEEK:
George Mason students with valid student ID receive a Hoop Head while supplies last.
FAIRFAX, Va. – On the heels of its first road win of the season, the George Mason women's basketball hopes to kickstart a three-game homestand by knocking off a Power Five conference foe.
The Patriots welcome Arizona at 5 p.m. on Friday at EagleBank Arena for the Game of the Week. George Mason students with a valid student ID will receive a Hoop Head (while supplies last). The non-conference matchup is part of a Friday night doubleheader with Mason men's team, which will host Mount St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m.
The Patriots (2-1) are coming off their first road win of the season with a 64-48 victory over LIU Brooklyn on Tuesday. Senior Kara Wright
led the way with her first career double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Jacy Bolton
tied career-highs with nine points and six rebounds.
Bolton and fellow freshmen Alexsis Grate
(six), Allie McCool
(six) and Sarah Kaminski
(five) combined for 24 points. Grate and McCool each set career-highs in points. Grate also had a personal-best three assists and three steals while McCool hauled down a career-high five rebounds. Junior Tayler Dodson
scored a season-high eight points off the bench, which combined for 26 points.
Wright has opened the season on a tear. The 5-foot-11 guard from Louisville, Ky., leads the team with 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals. She notched her first career double-double on Tuesday against LIU Brooklyn with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds - all on the defensive end. She opened the season with 25 points in a win against Radford. She was one point shy of her career high of 26 points, which she set on Nov. 21, 2013 against Missouri when she was a sophomore at Southeast Missouri State.
Arizona (1-0) hits the road for the first time this season after opening up the season with a 74-59 victory over Alcorn State at home on Sunday. Senior LaBrittney Jones led the Wildcats with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Jones led Arizona in scoring last year with 12.6 points and was named to the Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. The Wildcats went 13-19 last season with a 3-15 record in Pac-12 play. Head coach Adia Barnes is in her first season at the helm of her alma mater. Barnes, Arizona's all-time leading scorer, spent the last five seasons as an assistant at Washington, helping the Huskies to the 2016 Final Four.
Arizona and Mason have met just once – last year. The Wildcats held on for a 68-60 victory in overtime on Dec. 29, 2015 in Tucson, Ariz. Mason rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime as then-freshman Chinyere Bell
tied the game with a jumper with 1:21 to go. But Arizona opened overtime on a 9-2 run to pull away.
The Patriots are 0-3 all-time against the Pac-12. They lost in double overtime at California on Dec. 19, 1997 and fell at Utah on the road last November.