Mason Welcomes UMass on Sunday to Wrap Up Homecoming Weekend

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Women's Basketball | 2/10/2018 10:28:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.
WHERE: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va.
RECORDS: Mason (18-7, 7-4 Atlantic 10); George Washington (11-13, 3-8 Atlantic 10)
SERIES RECORD: Mason leads 5-2
LAST MEETING: Mason defeated Massachusetts 66-55 on Dec. 4, 2016 in Amherst, Mass.
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FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason women's basketball team aims to begin a new winning streak as a team which the Patriots have enjoyed recent success with comes to town.

Mason hosts Massachusetts at 2 p.m. on Sunday at EagleBank Arena to wrap up Homecoming weekend. The Patriots (18-7, 7-4 Atlantic 10) are coming off a 65-61 loss to George Washington at home on Wednesday. But they have won two straight and four of five against the Minutewomen. The Patriots lead the all-time series 5-2.

UMass (11-13, 3-8) has lost three of six and is coming off a 78-49 setback to conference leader Dayton on Wednesday. The Minutewomen are led by sophomore Hailey Leidel, who is averaging a team-high 15.9 points a game. Freshman Bre Hampton-Bey ranks third in the A-10 with 4.4 assists a game in addition to averaging 11.5 points a game. Senior Maggie Mulligan averages a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, the latter fourth-most in the A-10.

Mason looks to bounce back after battling all the way back from an 11-point second-half deficit to GW to tie the game. But the Colonials held on in the final minutes, four free throws in the last minute to seal the victory and sweep the season series. Graduate student Natalie Butler scored 15 points and grabbed rebounds, freshman Nicole Cardano-Hillary scored 15 points as well and sophomore Sarah Kaminski had 13 points.

Butler leads the conference in scoring (18.1 ppg) and is first in the nation in rebounding (15.8 rpg). Her 24 double-doubles are the most in the country and the fourth-longest streak in Division I women's basketball history. Cardano-Hillary ranks third in the league in scoring (17.5 ppg) and second among Division I freshmen. She also leads the A-10 in steals (65) and is third among all freshmen in the country.
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