FAIRFAX, Va. – The University of Arizona hit the road for the first time this season and came out victorious by defeating George Mason on Friday by a score of 81-70. LaBrittney Jones led the way with 20 points while Malena Washington scored 18.
Taryn Griffey scored 14 points off the bench by drilling four three-pointers on the night. The redshirt sophomore also grabbed six rebounds. Lucia Alonso was rather efficient as she scored 13 points on 4-5 shooting while making three three-pointers as well.
The Wildcats were 10-18 from downtown and were 7-10 in the second half alone. The last time Arizona made double-digit three-pointers was back on Jan. 13, 2013 when they made 12 against Oregon in a 100-65 win.
George Mason got off to a good start as they shot 73% in the first quarter and led the Wildcats 27-15 at the end of the first period. Arizona cut that lead to seven at halftime as the Patriots took a 38-31 lead into the locker room. The Patriots shot 53% in the first half and Arizona shot 43%. Washington led the way with nine points in the first half while Griffey scored eight.
Arizona got hot at the start of the second half as they scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to take a 41-38 lead. Alonso made her first three-pointer of her career at the 8:58 mark. The Wildcats would go on to win the third quarter by a score of 22-17 to cut the lead to 55-53 at the end of the period. Arizona made five three-pointers in the quarter, three of which were made by Alonso.
The Wildcats saved the best for last as they outscored the Patriots 28-15 in the fourth quarter. Arizona made 10-11 shots from the field and were 6-7 from the line as well in the last period. Overall, Arizona shot 59% in the second half and 51% for the game.