OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Freshman Brandi Hall led five Stevenson players in double figures with 15 points and six rebounds as the Mustangs pulled away from Virginia Wesleyan University 79-57 in non-conference women's basketball Sunday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Stevenson (3-2) won its second straight game. Hall finished 6-12 from the floor. Junior Jonyae Curry was 7-10 from the floor and also registered 15 points and three steals, while sophomore Hannah Crist was 4-7 behind the arc and notched 14 points. Freshman Olivia Coleman posted her first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, going 5-10 from the floor while also blocking three shots. Freshman Denia Campbell chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
Virginia Wesleyan (2-3) was led by Jayla Harris' 16 points.
Stevenson led 32-19 at halftime, but the Marlins scored 11 of the first 15 points of the second half to cut the lead to six, 36-30, with 5:45 to go. Up 38-32, Stevenson used a 8-1 run capped by a Campbell free throw to reclaim a 13-point cushion with 3:02 to go in the third. A Coleman basket with five seconds to go gave the hosts a 56-38 lead heading into the final frame.
A basket by senior Kristine Tennyson 15 seconds into the final frame pushed Stevenson's lead to 20. Virginia Wesleyan chipped away and got the lead down to 11, 62-51, with 3:29 to go following an Amanda Gerni three-pointer. The Marlins cut the lead to 11 one more time, with 3:09 left, but got no closer as the Mustangs closed out the game on a 15-4 run.
Stevenson never trailed and took the lead for good on a Hall three-pointer with 3:19 to go in the first quarter that made it 9-6. The Mustangs led 12-8 after one quarter and opened the second quarter on a 8-3 spurt to go up 20-11 at the 7:06 mark on a Crist trifecta. VWU got the lead down to five, 24-19, with 5:07 left, but Stevenson closed the half by scoring eight straight points to go up 32-19 at the break.
The Mustangs knocked down eight of their 16 three-point attempts and shot 48.3% overall, including 17-28 (60.7%) over the final 20 minutes. Stevenson also took seven more trips to the free throw line, going 15-24 while the Marlins were 12-17. Virginia Wesleyan shot 42.6% for the game and was outrebounded 33-30.
Stevenson opens MAC Commonwealth play Wednesday night when it travels to Albright for a 8:00 contest.