FAIRFAX, Va. -- For the first time this season, the Winthrop women's basketball team suffered back-to-back losses. The Eagles fell to George Mason 67-56 Sunday at the Patriots Center.
Winthrop fell behind 35-24 at the half and never recovered, becoming 8-5 on the season.
The Eagles scored just four points over the first 5:13 of the second half while George Mason extended its lead to 18 points. Winthrop pulled within nine with 8:12 to go when Jennifer Walker came off the bench to provide an offensive spark, but that was as close as the Eagles got.
"We just played a very poor game," coach Bud Childers said. "We just didn't play a very good game. We didn't play with the enthusiasm that you have to play with on the road. They got to the line 28 times and we got to the line eight times. They were more aggressive. We had 25 turnovers against a team that plays mostly half-court defense."
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George Mason used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to build an eight-point lead.
The Eagles led 10-6 but a jumper from Brittany Eley and a fast-break layup from Brittany Poindexter tied the game at 10. Winthrop turned the ball over on its next three possessions and the Patriots took full advantage.
The Eagles were 23-for-46 from the field and 6-for-16 from behind the arc. Walker led the Eagles with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and had three rebounds. Fann added 11 points, four rebounds and two steals.
Wade finished with a game-high 27 points for George Mason and also had four rebounds and six steals.
George Mason took advantage of the 25 turnovers by Winthrop by scoring 27 points off the miscues.
Winthrop will play its third straight road game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charlotte.