ARLINGTON, Va. – Despite junior Jonyae Curry establishing a new career high in scoring for the second straight game with 21 points, the Stevenson University women's basketball team saw its four-game win streak snapped by 23rd-ranked Marymount (Va.) University 66-53 Monday evening at the Verizon Sports Arena.
Curry finished 9-15 from the floor for Stevenson (7-4) and also grabbed five rebounds. Senior Kristine Tennyson was the other Mustang in double figures, as she tallied 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Morgan Jacobs chipped in with six points off the bench.
The Saints (8-1), who won their eighth in a row, were paced by Tyffani McQueen's 19 points.
After the game was tied twice in the opening minutes at 2-2 and 4-4, Marymount, which never trailed, used a 6-0 spurt to open a 10-4 lead three minutes into the game. The Saints held Stevenson scoreless for the final three-plus minutes and closed the half on an 8-2 run to open up a 20-10 lead after one frame.
Stevenson held the hosts scoreless for the first three-plus minutes of the second quarter and to just four points over the first nearly nine minutes to pull within four, 24-20, with 2:13 to go before intermission on a basket by freshman Brandi Hall. The Saints scored the final six points of the period to reclaim a 10-point lead, 30-20, at the break.
The Mustangs cut the lead to eight twice in the opening moments of the second half and again with just over a minute to play in the third to stay within striking distance,but a late 8-2 Marymount spurt pushed its lead to 13, 45-32, heading into the final frame. The Saints maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the way, taking their largest lead, 56-38, with just under five minutes remaining.
Marymount shot 50% from the floor and held the Mustangs to 36.2% shooting, including an 0-8 effort from behind the arc. It marked the first time Stevenson was held without a three-pointer since February 18, 2012, also against Marymount, a span of 145 games. The Saints held a 38-28 rebound advantage, with both teams committing 19 turnovers.
Stevenson is idle until Wednesday, January 3, when it hosts No. 17 Messiah in an 8:00 MAC Commonwealth contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.