MARPLE LEADS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RALLY IN 55-54 WIN OVER SAINT ANSELM
Le Moyne Dolphins Sports Network | Women's Basketball vs. St. Anselm
Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior guard Alex Marple (Covington, Pa./Wellsboro) scored 22 points to lead the Le Moyne College women's basketball team to a 55-54 win over Saint Anselm College on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.
Marple, who has scored at least 22 points in four consecutive games, tallied 14 of her points in the second half, including 11 in the final six and one-half minutes as the Dolphins rallied from a five-point deficit. Marple, who added three rebounds and a team-best three assists, is the first Dolphin in at least the last 12 seasons to score more than 20 points in four straight games. Junior forward Bath-Sheba McMahon (Queens, N.Y./Grambling Laboratory (La.)/Weatherford College) pulled down a game and career-high 10 rebounds off the bench, while adding four points and two steals.
Tori Lehr led the Hawks in the loss with a game-high 25 points, 17 of which came in the second half, while adding nine rebounds. Candace Andrews posted 10 points, including eight in the first half.
Saint Anselm (10-8, 6-7 NE-10) opened the game with the first 10 points over the opening 3:37. Andrews had four of the points, while Allie Jones, Lehr and Briana Jones each made lay-ups.
After being held off the scoreboard for the first 4:45, the Dolphins registered a 13-2 run over the next 5:30 to take their first lead. Graduate student guard Kayla Stroman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Niagara) opened the scoring with a pull-up jumper, junior forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) made a lay-up and a three-pointer, Marple nailed a jumper and two free throws and McMahon made a put-back lay-up.
Following a 6-3 spurt by the Hawks to regain the lead with 7:21 left in the half, the Dolphins got baskets from sophomore forward Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland), Marple and McMahon to take their biggest lead of the half with 5:25 remaining.
The teams then traded points over the remainder of the half to go into the intermission tied at 28. Stroman had four of Le Moyne's six points in the span, while Lehr had four of Saint Anselm's 10 points.
Over the opening 6:46 of the second half, the teams went back-and-forth with the margin bouncing between one point in Le Moyne's favor and two points in Saint Anselm's favor.
After a conventional three-point play by junior forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) put the Dolphins up 36-35, the Hawks tallied six straight points on three straight baskets by Lehr.
Following alternating lay-ups by Pucello and Lehr, Le Moyne recorded a 14-4 run to reverse the game's five-point margin. Marple made two throws, Greer made a lay-up off a feed from Marple, who then answered a Lehr lay-up with a lay-up to pull the Dolphins within a point with 5:19 left. Following three empty possessions by the Hawks, Marple gave the Dolphins the lead with two free throws with 3:10 to go. After lay-ups by Stroman and Lehr, Marple made a lay-up and two foul shots to give Le Moyne a 52-47 advantage with 59 seconds left.
Saint Anselm got a jumper from Andrews and a three-point play by Lehr around two free throws by senior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) to close within 54-52 with 22 seconds left, but Marple converted a free throw with 17 seconds left for the deciding point. Briana Jones got the Hawks within a point by making a put-back lay-up with 0.6 seconds to go after Marple blocked a three-pointer by Andrews, but the Dolphins were able to run out the clock after Saint Anselm called timeout.
Le Moyne (10-7, 6-5 NE-10), which has won four straight games over the Hawks, returns to action on Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University (6-11, 4-8 NE-10) at 1:30 p.m.