Preview: Patriots Meet Dukes in CAA Tournament 2nd Round

Since the inauguration of the CAA Women’s Basketball Championships in 1984 George Mason will face James Madison for the 10th time today.  From 2001-2004 the teams met 4 times, splitting the series at two games a piece.  The Patriots win against Madison coming in 2004 when as a two seed they played there way to a finals appearance against coveted Old Dominion University.  The rivalry between these two teams has heated up over the years with  Madison winning both matchups this season.  But even with a rivalry there is a sense of respect.  As Mason head Coach Jeri Porter put it after their loss to JMU on Feb.29th, “James Madison is the second best team in the league.  They not only make plays but they understand how to win.”  And in conversations with JMU head coach Kenny Brooks yesterday the respect is mutual. “Mason is a good team, Coach Porter has them ready.  Taleia Moton is the real deal,” said Brooks during a halftime chat on WGMU radio.
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Coaches Corner: Hofstra Basketball, Its a Pride Thing

Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey enters her sixth season at the helm of Hofstra University.  This year her team sits nicely atop the CAA standings at 16-7, 8-4 in the conference.  But even with her teams strong play, she claims there is always room for improvement. Coach Kilburn- Steveskey understands the importance of these last few games as the CAA tournament creeps around the corner.  The biggest test will come today in the form of a George Mason squad led by head coach Jeri Porter and her dynamic offense.  This will mark the 18th all time matchup between the two teams, but just their first matchup of the season.  Mason will look to continue their recent win streak, and pull out a win in this hard fought CAA battle.  Take a listen as we sit down with Hofstra head coach Krista Kilburn- Steveskey to talk about their matchup with GMU, the play of Shante Evans and what it means to be a Hofstra Pride.

Coaches Corner: ODU Women’s Head Coach Karen Barefoot

Karen Barefoot is a new head coach in the CAA, she recently took over the woman’s basketball program at Old Dominion University.  New but familar, Karen was a fromer  assistant with this ODU squad back in the  2005-2008 season winning three CAA Championships.  Her recent stint with Elon University was a success as she helped coach them to thier first ever Division I playoff appearance.  A pretigous career record of 286-166, she has been an icon of winning and changing programs for the better. 
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Coaches Corner: WGMU’s newest sports segment

If you’re part of the Mason faithful, you know feeling of desire, passion and praise for your athletic teams.  But haven’t you ever wondered what rival teams think when they go up against your Patriots?  In the newest segment to hit WGMU air waves, “coaches corner” is all about getting to know the competition.  WGMU sports directors sit down before every men and women’s basketball game to talk with rival coaches about their upcoming match-ups with George Mason.  If you want the inside scoop on what the opposing coach is thinking, check out WGMU before every basketball match-up.

Follow the link below to catch up on interviews you may have missed:

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Mason vs Stony Brook: A Coaches Take

Coach Beth O’ Boyle enters her first full season at the helm of the Stony Brook women’s baketball program.  Tonight her team heads home for thier first homestand of the season, as they prepare to take on George Mason at Pritchard Gymnasium.  Led by Coach Jeri Porter the Patriots are comming off back to back wins over Oakland and Longwood Universities.  The last time the two programs met Mason pulled out a dominating 74-48 win at the Patriot Center.    Even though Mason has dominated play as of late  you cant overlook that  Stony Brook has  a new coach, its a new year and a road game.  WGMU  sat down with head coach Beth O’Boyle to talk about her take on tonights game and the direction of the Stonybrook program.

Coaches Corner: Interview with Brown Head Coach Jesse Agel

Brown University will clash with George Mason for only the second time in program history.  The Patriots took the first contest in 2008 by a score of 89-52 on thier home floor, a game Brown will look to forget.  Since that contest Mason has undergone some changes, they have new players and a new coach.  In a sit down interview with Brown head coach Jesse Agel, he talks about tonights contest, his expectations for this Brown squad and the “new look” Patriots.

Interview: Coach Agel

Women’s Basketball takes on Longwood: Chat with LU Head Coach Bill Reinson

  In a sit down interview, right here on WGMU, Lancers Head Coach Bill Reinson talked about his teams strides over the last few season and into tonights contest.  This evening Longwood, an independent Division I school,  sets themselves up for a match up  at 7pm  with the Patriots.  Currently George Mason holds the overall series record at 8-2.  Both loses coming on the road at Willet Hall in Farmville, VA. 

George Mason’s next women’s home game will be Sunday, November 27th at 2pm.  Tune in to WGMU  for radio coverage by the Gomason digital network.