February 1, 2014

GREER LEADS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TO 81-63 WIN OVER FRANKLIN PIERCE

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Women's Basketball vs. Franklin Pierce 2/1/14



Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Le Moyne College women's basketball team to an 81-63 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.

Greer, whose previous career high of 21 points came three Saturdays ago in a 78-52 win at Saint Michael's, tallied 18 of her game-high point total in 16 first-half minutes, while adding a game-best seven rebounds and three assists. The 28-point performance, in which she connected on 14-of-16 free throw attempts, is the highest by a Dolphin since Courtney Coryea '10 scored 29 against Southern New Hampshire on January 15, 2011. The 14 free-throw makes are tied for the third-most in the program's history and are the most by a Dolphin since Jennifer Dennett '96 on January 11, 1995, while the 16 attempts are tied for the fifth-most and the most since Roseann Reynolds '94 on February 19, 1994. Graduate student guard Kayla Stroman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Niagara) handed out 12 assists, scored six points and recorded five steals. The 12 assists tie her season-high, while also tying for the second-most in the program's history and are one off the program's record. Junior forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) came off the bench to score 13 points and grab four rebounds, while senior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) was the third Dolphin in double digits with 11 points, while adding three assists and a pair of steals. Senior guard Ashley Prischak (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) provided a spark off the bench with a career-best nine points on 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range. Her previous career high of six points came in a 64-54 win at Mansfield on November 21, 2010, her third career game.

Kara Charette, the second-leading scorer in the Northeast-10 Conference, was the only Raven to score in double figures, registering 26 points, 18 of which came in the second half, while adding four rebounds. Brittany Martelle, who entered the game as the third-leading scorer in the conference at 17.1 points, was limited to just seven first-half points.

The teams went back-and-forth over the opening three minutes and 43 seconds, with neither team failing to score on each of their first five possessions, resulting in a 14-13 Le Moyne lead. Greer had six of Le Moyne's points, while McKnight and junior guard Alex Marple (Covington, Pa./Wellsboro) each nailed three-pointers. Marple's three-pointer accounted for her only points of the game, 12 points off her team-leading seasonal average. For the Ravens, Dyamond Gardener made two three-pointers, Charette had a pair of lay-ups and Martelle opened the scoring with a three-pointer.

After Greer hit a three-pointer with 14:40 left to give the Dolphins a 17-15 advantage, the Raven rattled off 12 of the next 17 points to take their largest lead of the game. Jessica Hurd had four of the points, while Brooke Coderre, Alison Palma, Martelle and Charette each had two points.

Following Charette's lay-up with 8:56 to go that put Franklin Pierce up 27-22, the Dolphins closed out the half with 30 of the last 36 points. Pucello ignited an 8-0 run in 52 seconds with a three-pointer off a feed from classmate Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell), Greer followed with two free throws and then Prischak drained a three-pointer from the left wing.

After Charette snapped the spurt with a lay-up with 7:26 left, Le Moyne tallied 15 consecutive points to take control of the game. Prischak and Pucello connected on back-to-back three-pointers, junior forward Bath-Sheba McMahon (Queens, N.Y./Grambling Laboratory (La.)/Weatherford College) scored five straight, McKnight made a lay-up and then Stroman connected on two free throws for a 45-29 lead with 2:26 left in the half.

The Dolphins took a 52-33 lead into the intermission after Greer made two free throws, McMahon made another lay-up and McKnight drilled a three-pointer around two Hurd baskets.

The second half was much slower paced, with Le Moyne's lead primarily bouncing between 16 and 19 points. After Stroman opened the second half's scoring with a three-pointer from the top of the key, the Ravens scored 12 of the next 16 points to get within 14 (59-45) with 12:50 left, but that's as close as the Ravens would get. Charette had six of the points, while Coderre and Gardner each hit three-pointers.

Le Moyne, which registered its largest margin of victory at home since a 69-48 win over Saint Anselm on February 14, 2009, responded with a 10-4 run to put the game away. Greer started the streak with two free throws, Pucello followed with a jump shot, Prischak drained a three-pointer and then Pucello buried a three-pointer for a 69-49 advantage with 6:23 remaining.

The teams traded points over the final 6:07 to deliver the final score. Charette had 10 of Franklin Pierce's 14 points in the span, while Greer had six of Le Moyne's last 12 points.

Le Moyne (11-9, 7-7 NE-10), which beat Franklin Pierce for the first time since December 3, 2008 and for just the third time in the last 15 meetings (10 seasons), returns to the hardwood on Wednesday against 25th-ranked Adelphi University (15-5, 9-5 NE-10) at 5:00 p.m.