September 29, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Where does George Mason stand heading into this year?

Atlantic 10 beat reporter Natalie Heavren talks all things Mason

The newest episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast is here. What was learned from a George Mason open practice? What did head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis and players Sonia Smith, Trey Kennedy, Tamia Lawhorne and Taylor Jameson have to say about the upcoming season? Atlantic 10 beat reporter Natalie Heavren talks all things Mason including what to watch for, who to keep an eye on and the schedule itself.


Add Locked on Women’s Basketball to your daily routine

Here at The Next, in addition to the 24/7/365 written content our staff provides, we also host the daily Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. Join us Monday through Friday each week as we discuss all things WNBA, collegiate basketball, basketball history and much more. Listen wherever you find podcasts or watch on YouTube.


During the podcast, Natalie shares her observations about Mason’s emphasis on defense, a challenge for last season’s team.

“Last season, Mason allowed the second most points allowed by an A-10 team, over the course of the season allowed opposing teams to make 41% of its field goals. 31.3% of its threes, and its opponents grabbed almost 40 rebounds per game. And defense was clearly a priority for the team during the open practice.”

Natalie Heavren

Natalie also discusses the ongoing growth of Taylor Jameson and her leadership potential.

“And at the open practice, something that really stood out to me was the continued development of Taylor Jameson’s leadership. She started out at Mason during the COVID year the 2020-21 season, and she really had a huge jump from her freshman season to her sophomore season. Last season was her first year obviously under head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis, and she was able to increase our output of both scoring rebounding, as well as assists per game in more of an increased role.”

Natalie Heavren

Tune into today’s episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball to hear from Natalie about these topics and more! Also, be sure to catch Natalie’s coverage this NCAA basketball season, which can be found here. Look out for these five must-watch games during this upcoming A-10 season.


Add Locked on Women’s Basketball to your daily routine

Here at The Next, in addition to the 24/7/365 written content our staff provides, we also host the daily Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. Join us Monday through Friday each week as we discuss all things WNBA, collegiate basketball, basketball history and much more. Listen wherever you find podcasts or watch on YouTube.


Don’t forget to subscribe to the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. Watch it on YouTube or listen wherever you find your podcasts.

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