Nov. 29, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - -
Senior Kelly Nadeau scored a career-high 23 points but it was not enough as the Tulane women's basketball team dropped a 61-60 decision to George Mason at Fogelman Arena on Saturday.
Tulane falls to 1-2 on the young season, while George Mason picked up their first win of the year to improve to 1-1 overall.
The Green Wave led by as many as nine in the second half, holding a 48-39 lead with 12:20 left in the game. But the Tulane offense went ice cold, as George Mason erased the deficit with a 13-2 run to claim a 52-50 lead with 7:26 left. Tulane answered with a lay-up from Lakethia Hampton to knot the score at 52-52, but Mason scored five unanswered points to build a 57-52 cushion with 4:14 left. Hampton hit a lay-up and a free throw to trim the Mason lead to two, but a basket from GMU's Laura Kooij gave the Patriots a four-point margin with 2:52 left. Tulane could not convert on its offensive end, however, and Mason's Jen Daniels added a free throw to push the lead back to five with 51 seconds left.
Tiffany Wilson connected on two free throws to bring Tulane to within three with 25 seconds left, but Jen Derevjanik hit one of two from the charity stripe to give Mason a 61-57 lead with 23 seconds. On Tulane's ensuing possession, Nadeau drilled a long three-pointer to get the Wave to within one and Tulane fouled Vernessa Neamo. Neamo missed her first free throw attempt, and then was called for a lane violation on her second, giving Tulane one last shot at a win. But Delacey Joseph's three-pointer at the buzzer was short, sending George Mason out one-point winners.
The Green Wave connected on 43.8 percent of its shots (14-of-32) in the first half to race out to a 37-29 lead at the break. However, Tulane managed only 9-of-41 shooting in the second frame (22.0 percent). The Wave also struggled from behind the three-point line, hitting just 5-of-25 attempts from behind the arc (20.0 percent). Mason, in comparison, was 9-of-19 from behind the three-point line. Tulane did hold a 45-43 edge in rebounds, and pulled down 24 offensive caroms.
Tulane returns to action on Tuesday, as the Green Wave travel to face in-state foe Louisiana Tech in Ruston.