December 1, 2012

RALLY COMES UP SHORT AS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO NEW HAVEN, 80-72

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WBB vs. New Haven - 12/1/12



Syracuse, N.Y. – Bria Moore scored 21 points and Briana Bradford tallied 20 first-half points to lead the University of New Haven to an 80-72 win over the Le Moyne College women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.

Freshman forward Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) led the Dolphins with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came in the second half, while adding a team-best seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell) and freshman guard Lauren Salzbrenner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) each recorded a career-best 10 points off the bench, while Hahesy pulled down six rebounds and Salzbrenner dished out a team-high three assists.

Moore went 4-for-7 in each half en route to her team-high point total. Bradford connected on 8-of-11 shots in the first half, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, but took only one shot in the second half, which she missed. Anh-Dao Tran, who registered 54 total points in her first three meetings with the Dolphins, posted 15 points. Aquillin Hayes scored nine points, grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and registered four steals.

After the teams traded baskets in the first 22 seconds, the Chargers tallied 12 of the next 14 points to take a double-digit lead at the 16:04 mark. Moore scored the first five points, Tran followed with a three-pointer and then Hayes and Bradford made shots.

The teams then went back-and-forth over the next nine minutes with New Haven's lead bouncing between seven and 10 points. Hahesy and junior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) each accounted for five of Le Moyne's 22 points in the span, while Bradford had 10 of New Haven's 21 points.

After a McKnight jumper to make the score 35-26 with just over seven minutes left in the first half, the Chargers rattled off six straight points and 19 of the half's final 25 points. Bradford tallied eight of the points, Rykema Stone scored six points, including the final two with eight second left, and Moore added the other five. Brown scored all six of Le Moyne's points to close out the half.

The teams traded points over the opening 5:17 of the second half, with New Haven's lead swaying between 19 and 24 points and resulting in a 67-44 advantage at the 14:43 mark. Brown had four of Le Moyne's 12 points, while Moore tallied nine of New Haven's 13 points in the span.

Following a three-point play by Moore, the Dolphins rattled off 18 straight points to trim their deficit from 23 points to five with 7:13 remaining. Brown ignited the run with a jumper, Hahesy and classmate Raven Short (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) followed with two free throw each and Hahesy drilled a three-pointer from the left wing to get the Dolphins within 67-53. After a New Haven timeout, Salzbrenner made a lay-up and then drained a three-pointer from the top of the key, Brown followed with a fast-break lay-up off a feed by Salzbrenner and then sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) made two free throws to cap the streak.

After Tran made a foul-line jumper to snap Le Moyne's run and New Haven's scoring drought of eight minutes and two seconds, Greer made a lay-up and Brown knocked down a jumper to get the Dolphins within three points, their closest margin since the 18:06 mark of the first half.

Following alternating baskets by Tran and Salzbrenner, Hayes registered a conventional three-point play and Moore made two free throws to extend New Haven's lead back to eight points with 3:21 remaining. Short and Brown made jumpers to get the Dolphins within 76-72 with two and one-half minutes remaining, but Tran put the game away with a jumper and two free throws in the final one and one-half minutes.

Le Moyne (2-4, 1-3 NE-10), which suffered a loss when scoring at least 70 points for the first time since December 4, 2010 (an 82-74 loss at Assumption), returns to the court on Tuesday at Southern Connecticut State at 5:30 p.m.