Women's Game Recaps #51 - 2/6/19

• February games can make a big difference coming down the stretch and Wednesday’s slate supplied a couple of key results. Two teams reached the 20-win plateau and an upset or two was mixed into the sauce. The report begins with one of those, a result that ended the region’s longest win streak for the second day in a row…

Adelphi put the brakes on LeMoyne’s program-record 14-game win streak with a convincing 72-60 win in Garden City to deny the Dolphins the outright NE10 Southwest Division crown for now. Leonie Edringer (20 points; 10-16 FG), Jess Camarda (19 points), Emily Miccile (10 points and a personal-high 14 boards) and Katie Murphy (9 points; career-high 10 assists) combined to lead the way for the Panthers, who share second place in the loop with New Haven and AIC. The Panthers led virtually all the way, crafting a 31-21 halftime advantage and then using a 10-2 third period run to extend the gap to 43-26 midway through the stanza. LC wasn’t able to recover and the margin remained in double digits for the duration. Erin Fouracre (career-high 20 points) and Corinne Poitevien (12 points, 14 caroms) topped the LeMoyne stat sheet but they were out-shot (45%-35% FG) and never made Adelphi sweat in the late going.

• The keynite game of the night in the ECC saw St. Thomas Aquinas hold their ground atop the standings thanks to a 60-49 win at NYIT. Zaria Thomas (17 points), Melissa Sadler (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Emily Preston (10 points, 10 rebounds) marshalled the troops for the Spartans, who put together a game-defining 17-2 bomb early in the second half to take control of the game and reach the 20-win level. Matters were even at the half (27-27) and the Bears opened the second half with a basket but the killer run put STAC ahead by a 44-31 count and they never looked back. NYIT scored first in the fourth quarter to cull the deficit to 49-41 but another STAC surge, this time 8-0, made it 56-41 and really put the game to bed. Shalie Frierson (11 points), Taylor Tripptree (10 points, 10 caroms) and Ketsia Athias (8 points, 14 boards) provided the numbers for NYIT but they struggled from the floor (27% FG) and were out-rebounded by a dozen (47-35). STAC shot 35% themselves yet did more than enough to extend its winnings skein to four games and stay atop the ECC. NYIT falls into third place, a tick behind Daemen and just in front of LIU Post.

• Victoria Lux (21 points, 8 boards, 4 blocks) and Amy McConnell (20 points, 7 assists; 40 minutes) submitted excellent games for Bentley as they knocked of Stonehill, 77-59, to hit the 20-win mark for the 30th time in head coach Barbara Stevens’ 33 years at the helm. The Falcons surged ahead after the first period to extend their winning streak to seven games and keep a three-game lead in the NE10 Northeast Division. A spirited first period (four ties and six lead swaps) ended with Bentley ahead, 22-20, and they didn’t trail again. The gap was 39-31 at the half and 60-51 after three frames but a strong defensive effort in the last frame (Stonehill shot 2-17 in the fourth quarter) allowed Bentley to pull away. Kayla Raymond (16 points), Gabrielle Reuter (12 points) and Grace Carter (10 points) netted double digits for the Skyhawks but they were out-shot (45%-31% FG), out-boarded (47-38) and didn’t get to the line as much as their hosts (Bentley 18-24; Stonehill 9-13 FT).

St. Anselm moved into sole possession of second place in the NE10 Northeast Division thanks to a 57-45 decision against Franklin Pierce. The Hawks led most of the way, arriving at the break on top, 30-16, in large part due to a massive 18-3 second period spree. Their edge remained in double digits until a 7-0 Raven push cut the deficit to 47-39 with 3:29 left but St. A’s responded with a 6-0 spell to nudge the lead back to 53-39 and that was that. Shannon Ryan (19 points, 14 rebounds) and Peyton Stienman (12 points) reached double digits for the Hawks, who shot better (41%-30% FG) and ruled the paint (44-26). Izzy Lipinski (15 points, 8 boards) and Lisa Sulejmani (12 points) conjured much of the FPU scoring but the Ravens didn’t have enough to come back once the Hawks assumed control.

AIC put four players into double figures in their 64-52 win over Pace, which means the Yellow Jackets keep a share of second place in the NE10 Southwest Division and are now over .500 overall. Dana Watts (17 points, 9 boards), Rashana Siders (13 points), Alyssa Guyon (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Dominique Boyd (10 points) all had hands in the Yellow Jackets success but they trailed at the half, 29-28. A 10-0 binge in the third period put AIC ahead for good (42-35) but the Setters sidled within 49-46 with 6:37 left in the game. AIC slammed the door at that point with a 13-3 run (62-49, 2:13), consigning Pace to their fifth straight loss. Brianna Wong (career-high 17 points) and Lauren Schetter (16 points, 7 boards) were bright spots for the Setters but they had few answers for AIC in the paint (AIC, 46-28) or off the glass (AIC, 34-25) and are still on the outside of the playoff picture.

New Haven dropped local foe Southern Connecticut at Charger Gym, 61-48, to snap a five-game slide and stay in the second place scrum in the NE10 Southwest Division. SCSU, meanwhile, fell out of that grouping and now sports a four-game losing skid. The game was close into the middle of the third period when the Chargers snapped a 35-all deadlock with an 8-2 run and led the rest of the way. The Owls managed to close the gap to 47-43 with 6:15 left but couldn’t find enough pop to come all the way back and lost valuable ground in the playoff chase. Micah Womack (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Alexandria Kerr (16 points, 7 caroms) topped the stat sheet for UNH, which was far superior to the Owls from the field (47%-27% FG), in the paint (32-10) and at the stripe (UNH 19-28; SCSU 9-12 FT). Imani Wheeler (16 points), Amanda Pfohl (15 points, 5 steals; 5-18 3FG) and Kiana Stienauer (12 points, 19 boards) did the bulk of the scoring for Southern Connecticut but their 9-38 three-point shooting (and just 6-18 inside the arc) highjacked them.

• Fourth place in the NE10 Northeast Division is now a tie with Merrimack the team in the ascendency as they made it four wins in a row by drilling Assumption, 76-63. Lindsay Werner (25 points; 4-8 3FG) and Mayson Kimball (19 points, 7 boards) fronted the scoring totals for the Warriors while Karlee Alves dished out eight assists to set a new MC single season mark (184). A 10-2 surge gave the Warriors a 23-15 lead after one period and they kept a firm grip on it, leading 41-30 at the half and riding another 10-2 run to extend the gap to double digits for good (51-34, 5:12 of the third period). Morgan O’Donnell had a big game for the Greyhounds (30 points, 7 boards; 9-26 FG, 12-12 FT) but aside of Abby McKanna (10 points) no other AC player reached double figures. Merrimack’s shooting advantages (48%-33% FG; 10-5 in 3FG’s) more than negated AC’s +15 on the glass (45-30), shunting the Greyhounds two games off the playoff pace.

• Nicole Anderson scored the game’s last eight points in the final 34 seconds to give St. Michael’s a 76-68 victory over Southern New Hampshire in the evening’s most dramatic game. This one had wild swings back-and-forth in the first half but was air tight in the final quarter until Anderson (13 points) made the headlines. The Purple Knights netted the first ten points of the contest and assumed an early 20-6 lead but the Penmen roared back to the tune of a 26-2 explosion and had their own double digit lead as a result (32-22, 2:34 of the second period). SNHU led 36-28 at the break and 52-46 after three frames but a pair of three-pointers, one by Anderson and one by Emily Ferreri (15 points), knotted it at 52 and set the stage for the thrilling finish. Brianna Camara (17 points, 9 assists) tied it at 68 with a triple at the 1:00 mark but SNHU didn’t score again. Anderson snapped the final tie with another trey (:34) and sank 5-6 at the line thereafter to clinch it for the Purple Knights. Brianna Purcell (18 points, 6 assists) and Alyssa Breunig (11 points, 7 boards) also registered double figures for SMC, which posted a 25-13 plus in points-off-turnovers and sank 13-14 at line as a team. Gyanna Russell (career-high 16 points; 6 boards) and Kylie Lorenzen (14 points, 11 caroms) added depth for the Penmen but their four-game win streak is history and they’re now in a tie for fourth place in the NE10 Northeast Division with Merrimack.

• Samnell Vonleh (24 points, 15 rebounds) topped four double digit scorers as Bridgeport held off Mercy to end a six-game downturn, 74-63. The Purple Knights won all four quarters by single digits and led 35-26 at the half and 51-41 after three periods. Still, the Mavericks battled back and rode a 12-3 spell to pull within a point (54-53) with 5:24 to go. Briana Stoddart’s (12 points) three-pointer ended the Mercy rally and kicked off a 9-0 UB run that eased the lead to 63-53 (3:44) and provided enough elbow room for the Purple Knights to see it out. Sarah Middleton (16 points) and Gianna Gotti (11 points) added solid games for the winners, which hauled in 15 more rebounds (46-31) than the Mavericks. Amber Brown’s 22-point, 10-rebound effort was the pick of the bunch on the Mercy side of the stat sheet but it wasn’t sufficient to tip the balance.