George Mason Women's Basketball at Saint Joseph's
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Michael J. Hagan Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
: Mason (13-15, 6-9 Atlantic 10), Saint Joseph's (14-13, 11-4 Atlantic 10)
Saint Joseph's leads 8-2
: Mason defeated Saint Joseph's 55-41 on Feb. 7, 2016 in Fairfax, Va.
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FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason women's basketball team hits the road to close out the regular season and try to improve its seeding for the upcoming conference tournament.
The Patriots play Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Michael J. Hagan Arena in Philadelphia. Mason (13-15, 6-9 Atlantic 10) is currently the No. 10 seed for the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship, which begins this weekend.
But Mason could improve its seeding with a win. The Patriots are just a game back of Duquesne, VCU and Richmond, who are all tied in seventh place with 7-8 marks in A-10 play. Mason can't fall lower than the No. 10 seed but can improve to the No. 8 seed with a win and losses by VCU and Richmond.
The No. 3 through No. 8 seeds host first-round campus games this Saturday and Sunday. The No. 9 through No. 14 seeds have to travel for the first round. The top two seeds receive first-round byes. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game will be held March 3-5 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
The Patriots are looking to bounce back from a 80-49 loss at George Washington on Saturday. Senior Kara Wright
had 15 points and freshman Jacy Bolton
posted her second career double-double with 14 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds.
Saint Joseph's (14-13, 11-4) rides a three-game winning streak into Tuesday's regular-season finale. Saint Joseph's is coming off a 69-54 win over Davidson on Saturday. Sophomore Alyssa Monaghan scored a game-high 21 points and junior Adashia Franklyn added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Chelsea Woods (13.3 ppg) and Franklyn (12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) pace the Hawks offensively. Saint Joseph's was picked to finish eighth in the preseason coaches poll but has surprised many, currently in fourth place with an 11-4 mark in league play and a chance to win a share of the league title going into the final day.
The Hawks lead 8-2 in the all-time series against Mason. But the Patriots won the last meeting, defeating Saint Joseph's 55-41 on Feb. 7, 2016 in Fairfax, Va.