Jaron Nutter, Contributing Writer
Women’s Basketball defeated George Mason 62-38 in Fairfax, extending the Rams’ winning streak to seven Feb. 17.
The game started off close as the Patriots were within a single point of the Rams when VCU used an 8-3 run to extend the lead to six after the first quarter. The Rams then built up a 10-point lead by halftime after outscoring George Mason 10-6 in the second quarter.
The Black and Gold pulled away with a 20-5 run in the third quarter. VCU never trailed, and the lead grew as large as 28.
During the big third quarter, the Rams shot 72.7 percent from the field. VCU held George Mason to shooting 21.4 percent from the field — the Patriots only made three baskets. Sophomore guard Olga Petrova scored a career-high 17 points and made five 3-pointers in the contest. Sophomore guard Taya Robinson added 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior center Danielle Hammond and sophomore forward Sydnei Archie scored 9 points apiece.
The Rams shot a season-high 58.8 percent from 3-point range and 49 percent from the field. VCU’s defense held George Mason to 24 percent from the field and only 16.7 from three.
George Mason guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary finished with a team-high 12 points and shot 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. Patriots forward Camarie Gatling scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.
The Rams will take on Duquesne Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
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