December 7, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POSTS 54-50 COMEBACK VICTORY OVER PACE

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Le Moyne Dolphins Sports Network | Women's Basketball vs. Pace

Highlights from Le Moyne's 54-50 victory over Pace University to move to 7-1 on the season.



Syracuse, N.Y. – Graduate student guard Kayla Stroman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Niagara) nailed a pair of go-ahead free throws in the final minute for the second straight game as the Le Moyne College women's basketball team registered a 54-50 win over Pace University on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court. With the victory, the Dolphins improve to 7-1, the best start in the program's 38-year history.

Stroman recorded a game-high 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half. She added four assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) came off the bench to tally 12 points (eight in the second half) and grab a team-high eight rebounds (seven in the second half).

Margo Hackett was the only Setter to reach double figure scoring with 12 points, 10 of which she scored in the second half. Yuni Sher led all players in the game with nine rebounds, while adding six points.

After Pace scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Rachel Dortch and Shanice Maynard, the Dolphins responded with eight of the next 10 points to take their only lead of the first half. Senior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) started the run with a fast-break lay-up, junior forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) made a pair of free throws, junior forward Bath-Sheba McMahon (Queens, N.Y./Grambling Laboratory (La.)/Weatherford College) made a foul shot and then Greer buried a three-pointer from the top-of-the-key with 11:07 left.

The Setters responded with 12 of the next 14 points, including eight in a row at the end, to build their largest lead of the half with 6:41 to go. Kirsten Dodge (Fabius-Pompey) had the last six points of the streak, while Sher had four points and Hackett made a lay-up.

After the teams traded points over the next 2:27, the Dolphins scored seven of the half's last nine points to pull within 24-21 at halftime. Pucello started the spurt with a lay-up, Stroman followed with a three-pointer from the right wing and then she made two free throws with 1.4 seconds left.

Pace (0-8, 0-4 NE-10) opened the second half with the first 10 points to extend its lead to a game-high 13 points with 17:57 to play. Sher started the scoring with a lay-up, Hackett made a three-pointer from the left wing, Maynard hit a jump shot from the left side and then Hackett nailed a three-pointer from the right wing.

The Dolphins, who beat Pace for just the fourth time (all at home) in the last 21 meetings, countered with a 9-2 run over a span of 4:21 to trim their deficit to six. McKnight made a three-pointer from the right corner to start the push, Greer followed with a lay-up and then Stroman made a jumper on the left baseline and two free throws.

After Lovisa Hagberg banked in a three-pointer from the left wing to push Pace's lead back to nine with 12:50 left, the Dolphins responded with 16 of the next 18 points, including 12 in a row on the back end. Junior Alex Marple (Covington, Pa./Wellsboro) ignited the run with a lay-up and Pucello followed with a lay-up. After a Hackett foul-line jumper to beat the shot clock, junior guard Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell) made a lay-up. McMahon then grabbed Hahesy's missed free throw and converted a lay-up to pull the Dolphins within 41-38. Pucello then drilled a three-pointer from the right wing off a pass from McKnight to tie the score with 9:07 remaining. Stroman then gave her team the lead with a three-pointer from the right wing with Pucello then hitting a jumper just inside the foul line with 7:38 to play.

Following three free throws from each team over the next 2:14, the Setters posted a 6-1 run over 2:03 to knot the score at 50 with 3:21 left. Loren Kaiser started the run with a three-pointer from the left corner to beat the shot clock. After Marple made a free throw for the Dolphins, Hackett hit a baseline jumper and then Dortch converted 1-of-2 foul shots to tie the score.

After three straight Le Moyne turnovers, their only ones of the second half, and three empty Pace possessions, Stroman drew a foul with 35 seconds remaining. She knocked down both foul shots to put the Dolphins in front. After grabbing a rebound off a Hackett missed jumper, Stroman drew another foul with nine seconds left. She again made both attempts to close out the victory.

Le Moyne (7-1, 3-1 NE-10), which had dropped 16 straight games to Pace when scoring less than 64 points against the Setters (3-1 with at least 64 points), returns to action on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. against Gannon University, which is ranked second in the latest USA Today Sports Top 25 Poll.