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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Strong 2nd Half Carries Lady Patriots to CAA Quarters

By Danny Marks

Thanks to a stellar performance from its star players and an impressive 13-3 run in the game’s closing minutes, the George Mason women’s basketball team’s seemingly improbable NCAA tournament hopes are still alive.

It has been an up-and-down season for the George Mason women’s basketball team, and tonight’s matchup against Northeastern was no exception.  The Lady Patriots managed to overcome 15 turnovers, 15 lead changes and an uncharacteristically resilient Huskies squad to advance to the next round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.  Today’s victory marks the first time in six seasons that the team has advanced past the first round.
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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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