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.

Junior Kyarra Harmon finished with a game-high 16 points while adding a team-high nine rebounds. Roy added 13 points while junior Kayleigh Guzek had 10.

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.