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Takeaways from Maryland women’s basketball’s 86-77 win over George Mason

Here’s what stood out from the Terps’ victory.

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Maryland women’s basketball was able to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit Sunday against George Mason and seal its fourth win in a row, 86-77.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Brenda Frese employed a new-look rotation

Leading up to Sunday’s game, Maryland found out it would be without forward Emma Chardon for the rest of the season. And with Lavender Briggs also out for the next few weeks, there was uncertainty about how the Terps’ rotation would unfold.

Against George Mason, Maryland head coach Brenda Frese utlized an eight-player rotation, bringing Faith Masonius, Riley Nelson and Emily Fisher off the bench.

However, the usage of players was thrown off early after Brinae Alexander got in foul trouble. Masonius seeing extended minutes in favor of Allie Kubek was one of the first moves.

“That obviously changed things for us not having her on the court,” Frese said of Alexander’s foul trouble.

Overall, Emily Fisher had the biggest jump in playing time. The freshman surpassed her season average of 8.3 minutes a game in the first half alone.

“She gave us some really big minutes and played like the practices she’s been putting under her belt,” said Frese.

Fisher was notably on the floor in the third quarter when the Terps went on a 12-1 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes. She finished with six points and eight rebounds — five of those on the offensive glass — in a career-high 29 minutes.

Maryland’s 3-point shooting is a concern

Despite the final score, the Terps looked uncomfortable from behind the arc against the Patriots.

The Terps entered Sunday with a 34.8 percent clip from distance, which ranked eighth in the Big Ten. Only Shyanne Sellers and Alexander were shooting above 40 percent among Terps with at least 10 attempts.

Other than Alexander, Maryland showed a hesitation to shoot the three. Alexander went 3-of-9 from deep, while the rest of the team combined to make just one of six attempts.

“Not everyone’s obviously a 3-point shooter for us,” Frese said.

The Terps were strong in the paint, outscoring George Mason down low, 42-26. But in order to stay competitive come conference play, more players are going to have to be confident in their long-range jumpers.

Faith Masonius played her best basketball of the season

It can be tough for a player to improve after being benched early in the season, but Masonius, a graduate captain, has done so.

She finished with a season-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go along with She five rebounds, three assists and a block and a steal each.

She also went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Earlier in the season, Masonius had a stretch of four straight games where she scored six total points. But she’s now scored double-digit points in back-to-back games, shooting over 50 percent from the floor.

“I’m kind of trying to just have the mindset [to] leave everything out there,” Masonius said.

Masonius has had some great moments for the Terps in the past, and with the current injuries facing the roster, she could be in store for some big minutes in her final collegiate season.