Women's Basketball Heads to George Mason

Women's Basketball Heads to George Mason

Nov. 29, 2004


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The University of Miami women’s basketball team will heads to Fairfax, Va. Tuesday to take on George Mason at 7 p.m.

The GameThe Hurricanes (3-2) travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason (0-2) at the Patriot Center Tuesday evening with a scheduled 7 p.m. tip-off. This will mark the first meeting between Miami and the Patriots, as GMU becomes the fifth team UM plays for the first time in school history this season. UM’s game with George Mason can be heard live in the Miami area on WVUM (90.5 FM) with Adam Aizer and Brian Stubits calling the action. Live streaming audio along with livestats will be available on web at hurricanesports.com.

The HurricanesAfter opening the season at home with wins over Gardner-Webb and TCU, Miami enters Tuesday’s game with an overall record of 3-2 following a tough three-game road stint over the past week in which they won one and lost two, falling at Hartford (11/23) and against Oregon (11/26) while claiming a win over Maryland Eastern Shore (11/27). Tuesday’s game with GMU will be Miami’s fourth road game in eight days as part of a six-game, five-city road trip spanning over the course of 14 days. Junior forward Tamara James, who poured in 30 points in UM’s loss to Hartford, leads the Hurricanes with 22.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard Yalonda McCormick is second to James with 15.4 points per game while adding 6.2 assists per game. In her first season as a starter, senior guard Fallon Phanord has had a career-year, averaging 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

George MasonHead coach Debbie Taneyhill and the Patriots enter Tuesday’s game with an 0-2 mark on the season, falling to Tulane, 62-56, in their season-opener and at Monmouth, 57-55, their last time out. Against Monmouth, GMU allowed the Hawks’ to rally from a 16-point second half deficit to clinch the game on a lay up with 28 seconds remaining. Sophomore Tracy Ann Holness leads the Patriots averaging 12.5 points per game followed by fellow classmate Kristin Higy, who is averaging 10.0 points per game. Higy is also second on the team in rebounds per game (8.0) behind senior Julie Flanders, who has averaged 8.5 per game. Flanders – averaging 7.5 points per game – has recorded GMU’s only double-double of the season, a 12-point, 11-rebound performance in the loss to Tulane. In their two games this season, George Mason has relied heavily on their starting five, who have averaged 31.6 minutes per game, with only two non-starters, freshmen Keyhana Wakefield and Casey Quigley, averaging more than 10 minutes per game.