Women's Game Recaps #17 - 12/8/18

• Action in all three conferences livened up Saturday’s slate but this report starts with an offensive explosion during a non-league game in Albany…

• Ashley Vanderwall scored a career-high 38 points as the College of Saint Rose beat Georgian Court, 80-60. Vanderwall’s outburst (14-23 FG, 9-12 3FG) tied for the second-highest in Golden Knight history and was fueled by 24 first half points. Saint Rose used those points to craft a 44-38 lead and pulled away in the second half to record the non-conference win and hop back over .500. The home team shot 50% in the contest and led most of the way. Destiny Thompson (17 points, 18 rebounds) and Ivonka Krakic (12 points) led the Lions attack but they had no answer for Vanderwall, whose 38 points is topped in the region this season only by Morgan O’Donnell’s 39 for Assumption.

• The rest of the NE10 Southwest was busy beating up on each other while Saint Rose was in non-league play and at the end of the day every team had at least two conference losses on their resume. AIC shuffled the pack with their 81-73 victory at former sole division leader Adelphi, 81-73, fending off a late Panthers push by drilling 11-12 at the foul line in the final 65 seconds. Dana Watts (21 points, 11 boards), Rashana Siders (19 points) and Dominique Boyd (14 points) keyed a Yellow Jacket attack that hit 23-25 overall at the stripe and dropped in 10-20 from three-point land. AU meanwhile, had a tough time from deep (4-16 3FG) and didn’t get to the line as often (15-17 FT) as their guests. AIC rode a 13-5 surge to start the fourth period to build a 66-53 lead (5:50) but Adelphi rallied with a 14-4 spell and drew within 70-67 at the 1:09 mark. That was as close as they came, though, with AIC icing it at the line. Leonie Edringer (22 points, a career-high; 7-9 FG, 7-7 FT) and Niajah Morgan (19 points, 9-11 FT) played well for AU despite the setback… LeMoyne pulled into a first place tie in the loop with Adelphi after their 66-56 win over New Haven. Corinne Poitevien (14 points, 12 rebounds; 7-11 FG), McKayla Roberts (14 points, 7 dimes) and Liz Millea (14 points) spread the wealth for the Dolphins, who made more three-pointers than the Chargers (10-4) and pulled away in the third period. A slim 25-23 edge at the half became a 49-34 margin after three frames and UNH never recovered. Micah Womack (13 points) and Camryn DeBose (12 points) led the UNH effort… Southern Connecticut snapped a three-game slide with a 62-57 win at Pace, the closest game of the day in the region. Kiana Stienauer (18 points, 17 boards), Imani Wheeler and Amanda Pfohl (13 points each) fronted the Owls attack as they never trailed but repelled a few Setters runs, one of which tied the game at 47 late in the third period. SCSU responded with an 8-2 spell (spilling into the fourth quarter) and never lost the lead. The closest Pace came was 59-57 with 46 ticks left but a trio of foul shots salted it away for the Owls. Jackie Dellisanti (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Lauren Hackett (12 points) supplied the pop for Pace.

• In the NE10 Northeast, Bentley parlayed a career-high game from Amy McConnell (19 points) into a 60-51 win at St. Anselm to stay unbeaten and become the first regional unit to reach 10 wins. Monica Viapiano (12 points) and Victoria Lux (11 points) chipped in nicely for the Falcons, balancing off solid games from Hawks Sara Messler (13 points, 7 caroms) and Michaela Martin (13 points). Bentley put up a 15-4 run to assume lead for good, 39-30, late in the third period, and kept St. A’s at least five points away the rest of the way… Stonehill is tied with St. Anselm for second in the division thanks to a 75-65 win against sliding Southern New Hampshire (now on a four-game skid). Gabrielle Reuter tied her career-high with 16 points and swatted a program-tying 8 shots to lead the way for the Skyhawks but they had three others in double digits, including Maty Diabate (12 points, 8 caroms) and Grace Carter (12 points). Victoria Dean (16 points, 4-5 3FG) and Kylie Lorenzen (13 points, 9 boards) led the Penmen but they led only briefly and trailed 33-28 at the half. Stonehill broke things open in the third period (51-34, 4:40) and led by double figures for the duration. The Skyhawks doled out 26 assists on 29 baskets and shot a blazing 56% overall to earn the spoils… Mayson Kimball (19 points), Alyssa Casey (18 points) and Denia Davis-Stewart (17 points, 12 rebounds) combined to lead Merrimack past St. Michael’s, 77-59, in North Andover. The result shouldn’t obscure a brilliant effort from Purple Knight Nicole Anderson (career-high 26 points; 6-14 3FG) but no other SMC player registered more than seven points. The Warriors crafted a 16-2 third period run to help build a 55-41 lead after three frames and were not troubled thereafter. MC shot better (46%-35% FG) and pulled in eleven more rebounds (44-33) as part of their effort… Franklin Pierce ended a four-game downturn with a non-league win over Felician, 65-54. Sophia Holmes (17 points), Izzy Lipinski (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Lisa Sulejmani (11 points) showed the way for the Ravens, who were the better squad from the floor (47%-32% FG) and off the glass (44-30). FPU led at the half by a 34-25 count and made sure of the outcome by starting the second half on an 11-0 binge, the resulting 45-25 margin too much for the Golden Falcons to overcome. Bionca Chambers (12 points) and Kameron Stone (10 points, 9 boards) topped the Felician stat sheet.

• The big guns in the ECC had little trouble dispatching their foes on Saturday, with NYIT leading the charge. The Bears rolled past Molloy, 73-45, dominating at the line (23-26 FT; Molloy 13-17 FT) and from three-point territory (NYIT 8-22; Molloy 0-9 3FG). Meg Knollmeyer (22 points, 8 rebounds) and Taylor Tripptree (16 points) sparked the NYIT offense, one that prevailed in all four quarters by increasing margins (4/5/9/10) and extended a 37-28 halftime lead to 56-38 after three frames. Melody Prichard’s 12 points led the Lions attack but couldn’t prevent NYIT from winning for the seventh straight time… St. Thomas Aquinas made it five wins on the spin with an 89-54 rout of Bridgeport. The Spartans rolled up a decisive 43-19 halftime bulge and coasted in from there, also winning all four periods. Zaria Thomas (14 points), Kellyann Averill (11 points, 10 caroms) and Julia Winnik (11 points) all posted double digits for STAC, which had the better of it from the field (48%-39%), made more three-pointers (9-2) and mauled the Purple Knights in points-off-turnovers, 25-2. The assist/turnover totals (STAC 23/7; UB 7/20) were stark, as well. Kayla Hill (13 points) and Samnell Vonleh (12 points, 7 boards) were bright spots for Bridgeport… LIU Post made it four wins in a row, putting four players in double figures in their 69-47 triumph over Queens, now on a seven-game losing streak. Shannon Doyle (15 points), Ja’Lyn Armstrong (13 points) and Sasha Patterson (10 points, 12 rebounds) headed the troops for the Pioneers as they reached the half with a 42-23 lead, largely due to a 19-2 spree to close it out. Maia Fawcett (8 points) led the flat Knights offense as they were heavily overshadowed at the line (LIU Post 24-35; QC 8-11 FT) and never in it after the intermission… The University of the District of Columbia registered an 80-68 win over Mercy to snap a three-game slide and break into the ECC win column. Mia-Alexis Lloyd (23 points) and Natasha Roy (20 points) sparked the Firebird attack with the latter reaching the 1,000-point mark in the game. The Mavericks also had a pair of players score 20+ in Taysha Bender (23 points, 8 boards) and Amber Brown (20 points) but UDC had the edge in most areas as a team. The Firebirds led 38-31 at the half and 58-50 after three frames, allowing Mercy to get as close as 72-66 in the late going (2:19) but no closer.

• The beat goes on in the CACC South for Jefferson and the University of the Sciences, each of whom claimed wins on Saturday to stay unbeaten… Jefferson had a tougher time, pulling away from local foe Holy Family in the second half to nail down a 74-59 victory. The Tigers led 40-37 at halftime and held a 51-50 edge with 2:33 left in the third period when the Rams burst into action. An explosive 18-2 run bridging the third and fourth quarters did the trick for Jefferson, staking them to a 68-53 lead (5:47), which proved to be the difference. Jessica Kaminski (19 points, 8 boards) and Beverly Kum (19 points) led four double digit scorers for the winners while Katie O’Hare (20 points; 7-10 FG, 6-7 3FG) and Molly Masciantonio (18 points) supplied the scoring for HFU in a game that saw excellent shooting on both sides (Jefferson 53%, HFU 51%). The Rams, though, had the whip hand off the glass (31-21) and in points-off-mistakes (20-11) to aid their cause… The University of the Sciences locked up Chestnut Hill in their 66-31 win, gaining a measure of revenge for a pair of losses to their city rivals last season. The Griffins were awful from the floor, shooting just 19% (9-47 FG), and were untidy with the ball (25 turnovers), allowing the Devils to blank them in points-off-TO’s, 26-0. Sciences, which could have beaten CHC in three-pointers alone (13-39 3FG, for 39 points), were topped by Irisa Ye (19 points, 6 rebounds) and Colleen Walsh (18 points; 6-11 3FG), and posted 13-0 (second period) and 12-0 (third period) runs on the way to victory. Jaeda Wildgoose and Cassie Sebold (9 points each) led the minimal Chestnut Hill scoring… Goldey-Beacom stopped a three-game slide and got back to the .500 mark with a 76-54 win over nearby rival Wilmington. Amanda McGrogan (19 points, 9 boards), Tanner Turner-Rush (16 points, 8 caroms) and Alanna Sparks (16 points, 8 rebounds) all had hands in the Lightning’s success as they never trailed in the game. A trio of Wildcats (Jadyn Whitsitt, Jaelyn Durrett and Nyree Grant) tossed in 9 points each for Wilmington but they watched a 41-25 halftime deficit balloon to 68-36 after three frames, ensuring there was no comeback.

• The nascent CACC North race is just starting to take shape with Dominican, Caldwell and Post snaring wins to give them an early leg up… Dominican bested Nyack, 69-49, behind the work of Jasmine Gee (20 points; 9-15 FG), Khayla Latimer (13 points, 9 boards) and Korina Guerra (10 points). The Chargers boarded well (46-34) and hammered the Warriors in points-off-turnovers (30-7) while using a 15-3 burst to open the second quarter to assume the lead for good. DC held a 35-26 halftime spread which they extended to 51-35 after three frames, more than sufficient to get the job done. Torie Eggers (15 points) and Jocelin Wright (10 points, 8 rebounds) had solid games for Nyack in a losing effort… Tina Lebron tied her career-high with 24 points (8-17 3FG) and added a personal-best 8 assists to lead Caldwell past rival Bloomfield, 67-51. Tamrin Henderson (12 points) and Andie Lennon (10 points) added depth for the Cougars as they enjoyed better shooting stats than the Bears (42%-30% FG; 12-2 3FG) and led at the half, 32-24. BC did close the gap to 40-39 in the third quarter after a 9-0 run but Caldwell answered that with a 9-2 binge on a trio of Lebron treys to make it 49-41 after three periods and they pulled away in the last frame. Deja McKenzie tossed in 16 points and hauled in 13 rebounds to pace the Bloomfield attack… Post repelled Concordia, 68-52, to stay in touch in the division. Sha’Raya Haines (22 points) and Mia Crooms (14 points, 13 rebounds) were the heartbeat for the Eagles as they raced to a 35-19 halftime lead and stretched the margin to 58-33 after three quarters. Amiya Rankins (14 points) led the Clippers scoring but they were beaten on the glass by the Eagles (47-36) and were unable to rally once Post established their working lead at the half.

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