WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CLOSES OUT SEMESTER WITH 78-72 WIN OVER SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE
Women's Basketball vs. S.C.S.U. 12/19/13
Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) scored 14 points in the first half and graduate student guard Kayla Stroman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Niagara) scored 17 points in the second half to lead the Le Moyne College women's basketball team to a 78-72 win over Southern Connecticut State University on Thursday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.
Stroman finished the contest with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. She added six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Greer recorded her first double-double of the season (and the fifth of her career) with 15 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds, while adding three steals and a blocked shot. Junior guard Alex Marple (Covington, Pa./Wellsboro) tallied 13 points and dished out a career best-tying six assists, while sophomore forward Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds (five offensive).
Mariah Hankton led four Owls in double-digit scoring with 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Jackie Beathea, last year's Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year after averaging a double-double of 15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds, came off the bench to record 15 points and grab eight rebounds (six offensive) in 20 minutes of action. Keshia Primo tallied 14 points, seven rebounds three assists and three steals, while Maria Weselyj posted 11 points.
The Dolphins opened the game with six of the first eight points. Marple made a lay-up and then Greer hit a foul shot and a three-pointer from the top of the key.
Southern Connecticut responded with six straight points to take its first lead of the game with 16:39 left in the half. Hankton made a free throw and a fast-break lay-up around a three-pointer from the top of the key by Weselyj.
The teams then went back and forth over the next 5:19, resulting in a 22-20 Southern Connecticut lead. Beathea had six of Southern Connecticut's 14 points with four other Owls each adding two points, while Greer had five points, Brown had four, Stroman nailed a three-pointer from the left wing and senior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) converted a backdoor lay-up.
After Hankton made a jumper from the left baseline, the Dolphins posted 10 of the next 13 points to open up a five-point advantage. Greer started the run with a three-pointer and Marple capped it with a three-pointer from the right corner, while juniors Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell) and Bath-Sheba McMahon (Queens, N.Y./Grambling Laboratory (La.)/Weatherford College) had two points each in between.
Following six straight points from the Dolphins to take a nine-point lead, the Owls ran off nine points in a row to tie the score at 38 with 15 seconds left. Hankton had the last six on a jumper and a pair of fast-break lay-ups.
Stroman gave the Dolphins a 40-38 lead at halftime with a runner in the paint as time expired.
The Dolphins scored the first four points of the second half to push their lead to six, while Southern Connecticut countered with a 6-1 run to pull within a point with 15:00 left. Stroman had a lay-up and Brown made two free throws in Le Moyne's 4-0 spurt, while Taylor McLaughlin, Primo and Hankton each made lay-ups.
Le Moyne then scored six points in a row over the next two minutes to extend their lead to seven points. Stroman made a three-pointer, McKnight followed with a fast-break lay-up off a steal by Stroman and then junior forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) made a free throw.
After Stroman gave the Dolphins their third seven-point advantage of the second half (59-52) with 10:26 left, the Owls rattled off 12 of the next 16 points, including six in a row on the backend, to take the lead with 4:34 to play. Primo and Sydni Lester each had four points in the stretch, while McLaughlin made a put-back lay-up for the lead.
Following a lay-up by Marple and a free throw by Primo that tied the score at 65 with 3:55 left, the Dolphins scored nine straight points over a span of 1:46 to take control of the game. McKnight gave Le Moyne the lead for good with 3:05 left by burying a three-pointer from the top of the key off an offensive rebound by Marple. Stroman and Brown followed with baskets before Marple converted a pair of free throws with 1:19 left.
The Owls cut their deficit to five twice in the final 38 seconds, but Stroman made four foul shots in the last 31 seconds to seal the win.
Le Moyne (8-3, 4-1 NE-10, 7-2 East Region), which has won eight of its first 11 games for the first time since the 2002-03 season, returns to action on Saturday, January 4 at Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division-leading Adelphi University at 1:30 p.m.