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Lady Monarchs Defeat George Mason, 66-49

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Release: February 13, 2005
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Feb. 13, 2005

Fairfax, Va.-Old Dominion kept its flawless record over George Mason University's women's basketball team on Sunday afternoon as the Monarchs claimed a 66-49 victory at the Patriot Center to put the all-time record at 36-0. With this win, ODU improves to 14-7 and 10-2 in CAA play, while the Patriots fall to 9-13 overall and 5-8 in league action.

Old Dominion senior guard Shareese Grant opened up the scoring 15 seconds into the game as she made a jumper off of an assist from junior forward Lawona Davis. The closest Mason would get to the Monarchs was two points after sophomore forward Tracy Ann Holness (Brooklyn, N.Y.) made a fastbreak lay-up at the 11:50 mark to put the score at 10-8 in favor of ODU. The Monarchs had their largest lead of the first half at the break, 33-15, as they held the Patriots to a season-low first half point total.

The Monarchs continued the trend in the second half as they maintained their lead for the second 20 minutes of the game. ODU had its biggest lead of 25 (50-25) after a made lay-up by Grant at the 8:31 mark. The Patriots closed the gap to 17 points three times in the last five minutes, which was the closest Mason could get to the Monarchs in the second stanza.

Senior center Julie Flanders (St. Thomas, V.I.) netted 13 points after shooting 5-8 from the field, while Holness also scored 13 for the Patriots. Forward Moni Akintunde (Fr.; Laurel, Md.) scored in double figures for Mason with 10 and was one shy of a double-double as she grabbed a team-high nine boards against the Monarchs.

Grant led all scorers with 17 points after shooting 80 percent on the afternoon, while freshman forward Tiffany Green added 15 points and nine boards for ODU. Sophomore forward Tish Lyons netted double digits as well with 10, while Davis dished out a game-high five assists.

Mason shot 27 percent (16-60) on the afternoon as ODU was 27-52 from the field (52 percent). The Monarchs edged out Mason in the rebounding category, 38-36, and ODU also scored more points off of turnovers, 18-11.

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