Tarbert, Martinez Combine for 39 in Convincing Win over Hood

OWINGS MILLS, Md.- Junior Sara Tarbert recorded her ninth double double of the season as the Stevenson women's basketball team dominated in a 73-52 MAC Commonwealth victory versus Hood on Wednesday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

The win was the fourth straight for the Mustangs (8-6, 5-3 MAC Commonwealth) and sixth consecutive over Hood. Stevenson has also won 16 of their last 17 home games dating back to the 2013-14 season.

The two teams traded baskets for the first 4:50 of the game before senior Stephanie Martinez drew a foul on a fast break and hit both free throws to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game, 8-6.

The Blazers brought the score to back within one following a free throw by Denisha Robinson, but two free throws from freshman Jonyae Curry followed by a layup from Tarbert extended the hosts lead to five.

Hood (4-13, 0-8 MAC Commonwealth) responded with a 6-0 run, capped by a fast break layup on the left side, to take a 13-12 lead with 1:41 left in the period.  The Blazers looked to extend their lead after drawing a charge, but freshman Armani Duckett-Mooney got a quick steal and found Martinez who converted a three point play.

Hood tied the game at 17 for the fourth and final time just 1:21 into the second period, but four straight points from Imani Sanders gave Stevenson a 21-17 lead.  

The Blazers brought the score as close as three, 27-24, but Stevenson went on a 10-1 run to pull away in the last 4:29 of the half.  The run featured four points from Tarbert, as well as a three-point, stepback at the buzzer from Martinez, giving the hosts a 37-25 advantage entering the half.

Both teams attempted 10 free throws in the first half, but Stevenson made seven of its attemps compared to just four for Hood.  The Mustangs also totaled 16 points off of 14 turnovers.

The visitors connected on its first two shots of the third quarter, but the hosts quickly took back the momentum and stretched their lead to as many as xx points in the quarter.  Tarbert totaled 10 points in the quarter while sophomore Kaitlyn VanTash added four, as Stevenson led 58-38 entering the final frame.

With just over a minute to play, freshman Dymond Trader scored her first career points when classmate Montana Chance Herndon hit her in the paint for two.  Trader scored again on the team's next possession to close out Stevenson's victory.

The Mustangs finished with 26 points off of 26 turnovers.

Tarbert led all scoring with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks, while Martinez added 15 points and four assists.  Sanders and Duckett-Mooney each dished out four assists.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 23 when they host MAC Commonwealth opponent Lycoming, beginning at 3:00 p.m.