Mustangs Defeat Albright 60-50, Secure Conference Tournament Berth
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's basketball sophomore Caitlin Roy made six-straight free throws as the Mustangs closed the game on a 12-4 run en route to a 60-50 victory over Albright in a Commonwealth Conference contest Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
With the win, the Mustangs (13-10, 11-5 MAC) clinched a postseason spot for the second time in three years under head coach Jackie Boswell and their first in two seasons in the Commonwealth Conference.
The Lions (13-10, 7-9 MAC) held their largest lead of the game and the largest of the first half at four, just four minutes into the game. Neither team would hold more than a three-point lead the rest of the half as Stevenson held a 25-22 lead at the break following three-straight free throws by junior Abbey DeFeo.
The second half began much like the first, as neither team lead by more than four until sophomore Stephanie Martinez hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Mustangs a five point lead with 3:10 remaining.
After Albright got within four, Stevenson hit seven-straight free throws to put the game away.
The game featured five ties and 11 lead changes.
Stevenson scored 19 points off 24 turnovers, while the Lions held a 52-43 advantage in rebounds.
The Lions were led by Kelecia Harris who totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds and Kadijah Bishop who grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Mustangs, who wore yellow in honor of bone cancer, honored women's basketball alumni Sam Murray '13 in pregame ceremonies. Murray, who was diagnosed in August, was a member of the team from 2010-13. She had surgery on October 1 and is currently cancer free.
Stevenson returns to action on Tuesday, February 18 when it hosts a Commonwealth Conference contest versus Elizabethtown beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Mustangs, who are currently one-game out of first place, fell to the Blue Jays on Jan. 22.