UMass basketball: Minutewomen handle George Mason, notch 21st victory

Staff Reports

Published: 02-12-2023 5:38 PM

The Massachusetts women’s basketball team picked up its 21st win of the season on Sunday, doing so in emphatic fashion. 

Hosting George Mason on the road in Virginia, the Minutewomen shot 9-of-16 from the field in the first quarter while locking things down on the other end of the court to build a 19-4 lead. 

That set the tone for the rest of the game, with UMass leading 37-19 at the half and 63-38 after three quarters before cruising to a 78-57 Atlantic 10 victory over the Patriots. It’s the Minutewomen’s 10th win in a row. 

It was a balanced scoring effort from UMass (21-4), with Sydney Taylor and Sam Breen leading the way with 21 points apiece. Ber’Nyah Mayo tossed in 18 points, Destiney Philoxy recorded six points and Angelique Ngalakulondi had four points in the win.

Sonia Smith led Mason (12-14) with 13 points. 

Along with her 21 points, Breen pulled down 14 rebounds and dished five assists. Mayo added six rebounds and five assists while Philoxy had five assists for the Minutewomen. 

UMass finished the game with a 44-36 rebound advantage and turned the ball over just eight times. 

Next up for the Minutewomen is a trip to Kingston, R.I. on Thursday to take on Rhode Island (21-3) with first place in the Atlantic 10 on the line. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. The Rams won the first meeting between the two teams back on Jan. 4 in Amherst, 75-68.

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