BY NATALIE HEAVREN, SPORTS EDITOR
Women’s Basketball secured their second winning season in a row for the first time in 15 years with a 68-59 win over Saint Joseph’s University on Feb. 27.
After the Hawks controlled the third quarter, the Patriots took the lead for good with 4:18 left in the fourth quarter. Sarah Kaminski led the team with 17 points, going 4-7 from behind the arc and was the only Patriot to make a three-pointer.
Nicole Cardaño-Hillary and Camarie Gatling also reached double figures, scoring 15 and 11 points respectively. Mason will play at 12 p.m. on Tuesday in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Men’s Basketball snapped their two-game losing streak after defeating the University of Richmond 77-63.
Despite Richmond starting the game on a 16-6 run in the first five and a half minutes, Mason took a 32-29 lead into halftime. The Patriots took the lead for good less than five minutes into the second half and led 58-46 when Richmond took their final timeout with 7:52 left in the game.
Jamal Hartwell II led the Patriots with 15 points, going 5-9 from behind the arc in 31 minutes in his first start. Javon Greene, Jordan Miller and Greg Calixte also scored in double figures, scoring 14, 13 and 10 points respectively.
On Friday, Men’s Volleyball recorded their eighth sweep this season over Sacred Heart in the first game of a two-game homestand.
In the first set, the two teams went back and forth, with Mason eventually finishing the set 25-22 with seven service errors. In the second set, the Patriots were hot out of the gate retaining a 12-6 lead before allowing a 1-7 run that let Sacred Heart tie it 13-13. Mason finished this set 25-21.
To close out the match, the Patriots went back and forth with the Pioneers again before closing the set by a score of 25-20.