By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer
Towson continued its unbeaten start to the season with a 79-75 win over George Mason Sunday at SECU Arena that improved the team’s record to 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
“It was a very balanced attack by our young ladies and that is what I am very excited about,” Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler said. “When you talk about growth and development and maturity along the season, I think that when we get everyone playing well together that chemistry shows.”
The opening minutes featured a constant series of lead changes as both teams battled for control. Sophomore guard Sianni Martin broke the gridlock with a three pointer that gave Towson a 13-10 lead. However, George Mason went on a 12-5 run to end the quarter.
A 10-point run for the Patriots extended their lead to 32-24 with just over three minutes to go in the second quarter.
Seniors Raven Bankston and Brianna Bush helped contribute six and seven points, respectively, to spark a late 13-4 run for the Tigers.
“Our defense leads our offense,” Bankston said. “That’s been our motto the whole season.”
George Mason took a 40-37 lead into the break after shooting 49 percent from the field, while Bankston was the game’s highest scorer with 12 points.
After an even start to the second half, the Tigers went on a 17-6 run thanks to redshirt junior Jordyn Smith, who had eight points in that stretch.
The run helped Towson take a 62-58 lead going into the final quarter.
“I didn’t have a great first half,” Smith said. “I just knew I had to come out and do what I had to do for the team. We needed a leader, so I stepped up and filled that role.”
After a three-pointer from Bankston in the fourth quarter, the Patriots went on a 6-1 run to pull within one point with just under three minutes to play.
Smith then sealed the game for Towson with four straight points as the team went on to secure a 79-75 victory.
Towson will look to extend its winning streak to six games when the team hosts Georgetown Wednesday at noon.
“We’ve just got to play our hardest and keep playing how we’ve been playing,” Bankston said. “It’s been working for us.”