Women's Game Recaps #33 - 1/9/19

• Seven NE10 and three ECC games filled Wednesday's regional schedule, so there is plenty to check out. To that end, the report starts with an eye-opening meeting of divisional leaders in the NE10 and an ECC clash featuring two teams without a league loss so far…

• McKayla Roberts (13 points, 7 assists, 4 steals) led four double digit scorers as LeMoyne suffocated Bentley in Waltham, 58-40. The Dolphins defense was exceptional, holding the Falcons to just 22% from the field (12-54 FG) and their lowest point total in more than a decade (38 points against Stonehill in early 2008). Bentley led 7-4 early on but a 9-0 surge put LC ahead to stay, 13-7. They extended the lead to 32-17 by the interval and led by as many as 24 points (44-20, 3:45 of the third frame). A brief rally by the Falcons sliced the deficit to 49-34 with 9:05 left but a Roberts three-point play and a Corinne Poitevien (12 points, 9 boards) hoop pushed it back to a twenty-point gap and ended any doubts. LC, which shot 43% and dominated in the paint (38-10) and in bench production (17-3), has won seven in a row and shares the NE10 Southwest Division lead with Adelphi. Bentley, who lost for the first time at home and for only the fourth time in 34 games all-time against the Dolphins, saw their Northeast Division lead trimmed to a game. Liz Millea (11 points, 6 boards, 3 steals) provided a bench boost for the winners while Katie Meriggioli (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Amy McConnell (11 points) topped the Bentley scoring.

St. Thomas Aquinas suddenly sits atop the ECC as the only unbeaten unit in conference play, dealing NYIT a 70-55 setback in Sparkill. Melissa Sadler (23 points, 9 boards) and Emily Preston (17 points, 6 rebounds; 7-10 FG) were the star turns for the Spartans as they used an 11-0 second quarter run to establish a working lead of 35-23 at the half. The Bears were unable to make a serious dent in the deficit in the second half and STAC rolled to the win. Team stats were largely all in STAC’s favor, including three-pointers (5-1), rebounds (41-33) and paint points (42-30). Meg Knollmeyer’s 16-point, 8-rebound outing was a bright spot for NYIT but one of the few positives. STAC has won four in a row and holds a one-game lead (loss column) over a trio of teams in the ECC race.

• The University of the District of Columbia picked up one of their biggest wins in recent years, snapping a four-game slide with an impressive 89-82 decision over LIU Post. Neither team led by more than eight points during this hard-fought clash with the Firebirds turning a 46-42 halftime deficit into a 66-64 edge after three frames. The Pioneers clawed back to within two points late (82-80, 1:55) but Maya Thomas’ (16 points) three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Mia Boyd made it 87-80 with 49 seconds to go, enough to ensure the UDC victory. Natasha Roy (23 points, 6 assists; 7-10 3FG) led the attack for UDC with Mia-Alexis Lloyd (16 points) also among four double figure scorers. Taylah Hudson (18 points, 8 boards) and Shannon Doyle (16 points) topped the ticket for LIU Post but they still suffered their third loss in a row. UDC shot better (49%-43% FG), negating LIU Post’s +11 on the glass (44-33), with both teams hitting the long ball with consistency (UDC 13-27; LIU Post 10-26 3FG).

• The only Northeast Division winner in seven NE10 cross-over games was Stonehill, which rode big games from Grace Carter (career-high 23 points; 5-11 3FG) and Kayla Raymond (17 points, 6 rebounds) to record a 62-56 win at AIC. The Yellow Jackets had the upper hand at the half (30-19) and after an Alyssa Guyon (21 points, 8 boards) trey opened the third quarter, it was a 33-19 game. That served to spark the Skyhawks to life and they notched 25 of the next 35 points to go ahead 44-43 late in the quarter. AIC stayed in it and was still within a pair with 18 ticks on the clock left, 58-56. Maty Diabate and Raymond each drilled two FT’s to ice the game at that point, bringing Stonehill within a game of Bentley in the division, all alone in second place. Dana Watts (15 points; 15 boards, including the 1,000th of her career; 4-16 FG), Rashana Siders (11 points) and Dominique Boyd (9 points) joined Guyon as AIC’s only scorers in the game; they were second-best in the paint (26-14) and in three-point shooting (Stonehill, 9-4), losing ground to the rest of the Southwest Division.

Adelphi held onto their piece of the NE10 Southwest Division lead, shading Assumption late in Worcester, 61-56. Leonie Edringer tossed in a career-best 23 points (11-17 FG) and grabbed nine boards to lead the Panthers with Niajah Morgan (18 points, 11 caroms) submitting a double-double in support. The Panthers led at every checkpoint, including 51-44 after three frames, but the Greyhounds were sticky and eventually tied the game at 56 (1:36) after six straight Jordan Hawkins (14 points; 7-12 FG) points. Morgan scored with 47 seconds left and Emily Miccile canned a pair of foul shots at the :11 mark to give AU a 60-56 lead, all but icing the game. Rebounding (46-37) was a plus for the Panthers and they made recorded all the made free throws in the game, going 8-16 while the Hounds missed all four of their freebies. Brianna Capacchione (10 points, 10 rebounds) aided Hawkins for Assumption but not enough to complete the comeback.

New Haven made it five straight wins, knocking off St. Anselm in Manchester, 63-59. The Chargers enjoyed a balanced attack as Micah Womack (18 points, 13 boards), Alexandria Kerr (15 points, 11 caroms) and Brie Pergola (14 points) all crafted fine games. UNH shot better (49%-35% FG) and bullied the Hawks in the paint (50-18) to help balance off St. A’s superior three-point shooting (9-24; UNH 1-8 3FG). New Haven built a 28-21 halftime lead and extended it to ten points twice in the fourth quarter (50-40 and 58-48), sufficient to get the job done. Shannon Ryan (15 points, 7 rebounds) and Peyton Steinman (12 points, 5 assists) keyed the Hawks offense.

Southern Connecticut stayed even with New Haven in the divisional standings, fending off Merrimack at Moore Field House, 70-69. Each team enjoyed a double figure lead in this one with the Warriors on top at the half, 33-31. A 10-0 binge to start the second half gave the Owls a lead (41-33) they never let go of but MC made them sweat. A 10-3 run from the guests brought them to within 69-66 with five seconds left but an Amanda Pfohl (16 points; 5-15 3FG) free throw calmed the nerves and made it 70-66. Kate Mager’s trey at the horn (her only basket in ten shots) created the final tally. Kiana Stienauer (19 points, 20 rebounds), Bridget Sharnick (career-high 12 points) and Allie Smith (10 points) added double digits for SCSU, who used a 19-12 turnover edge to post a 23-6 plus in points-off-mistakes. Denia Davis-Stewart (19 points, 20 boards; 7-10 FG), Lindsay Werner (18 points; 7-10 FG) and Karlee Alves (15 points) carried the can for Merrimack, who saw a three-game win streak go by the boards.

• Make it six straight wins for the College of Saint Rose, the latest a 62-53 victory over St. Michael’s in Vermont. The Golden Knight steadily built a lead in this one, their margin cresting at 54-38 late in the third period, but the Purple Knights didn’t go easily. A 9-0 carry-over run into the fourth quarter brought them within 54-47 (6:40) and made it interesting, at least until Ashley Vanderwall (23 points; 6-9 3FG) scored all the Saint Rose points in an 8-2 response that created a 62-49 score at the 2:12 mark. SMC was unable to threaten again and watched their three-game win streak come to an end. Courtney Clasen added 11 points for Saint Rose as they were the more productive unit from three-point land (10-23; SMC 2-12 3FG) and at the line (14-17; SMC 7-8 FT). Emily Ferreri (15 points), Brianna Purcell (13 points) and Taylor Miller (12 points, 8 boards) led a St. Mike’s team which shot better overall (42%-35% FG) but couldn’t come all the way back once they fell into the 16-point hole.

• Alexandria Monteleone, who recently joined the 1,000-point club, notched a career-high 28 points to lead Pace to a 90-79 win against Southern New Hampshire in Pleasantville. She was one of a quartet of double digit Setter scorers with Lauren Hackett (18 points), Jackie Dellisanti (16 points, 12 boards) and Brianna Wong (15 points) all contributing. Pace slowly gained and widened a lead in this one, extending a 44-34 halftime lead to 70-53 after three frames. The Penmen did rally, closing the gap to seven points a few times in the fourth period (the last at 86-79 with 59 seconds to play), but it was too late. Kylie Lorenzen (21 points, 8 boards) and Gyanna Russell (career-high-tying 14 points) led the SNHU effort.

Bridgeport coasted past Mercy at Harvey Hubbell Gym, 89-56, to claim a piece of a three-way tie for second place in the ECC. Samnell Vonleh (20 points, 12 boards, 5 blocks) and Brianna Stoddart (14 points) led four Purple Knights in double figures as they ruled the glass (57-36) and dominated in a variety of specialty stats such as points-off-TO’s (21-8), second-chance points (30-6) and paint scoring (44-22). UB led all the way, pulling into the half on top by a 36-28 count and stretching it to 65-41 by the end of the third quarter, stopping a three-game slide in the process. Taysha Bender (13 points) and Holly Sanders (10 points, 6 rebounds) led the Mavericks scoring but they shot 36% as a team and took 26 fewer shots (77-51) than UB, leading to their eighth straight defeat.