Mustangs Outlast Rutgers-Camden, Advance in ECAC Tournament

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University trailed just once as it advanced in the 2018 ECAC Division III Women's Basketball Championship with a 68-51 victory over Rutgers-Camden Wednesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The Mustangs (17-11) advance to face Springfield in a quarterfinal on Friday, March 2 at 5:00 pm.  That game will be played at top-seeded Washington and Jefferson College.

The Mustangs were led by sophomore Hannah Crist, who finished 6-11 from the floor and 4-7 from three en route to 16 points.  Junior Jonyae Curry posted her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Kristine Tennyson added nine points and four assists.  Freshman Denia Campbell chipped in with eight points off the bench.

The Scarlet Raptors (14-12) were paced by Michelle Obasi who posted 10 points and eight rebounds.

Rutgers-Camden led 11-8 in the first quarter when Stevenson went on a 14-0 run capped by a layup by freshman Brandi Hall to take a 22-11 lead with 52 seconds left in the quarter.  The Mustangs held their guests without a field goal over the final 4:39 of the quarter to take a 22-13 lead after one.

Stevenson appeared poised to put the game away with a 10-2 run over the first four minutes of the second quarter to take a 32-15 lead.  Rutgers-Camden countered with a 10-2 run of its own to pull back within nine on a Cara Racobaldo basket 2:18 before intermission.  Stevenson took a 37-25 lead into the break.

A 12-4 run over the first six minutes of the third quarter capped by a Hall basket gave Stevenson its largest lead of the game, 49-29.  The Scarlet Raptors held Stevenson scoreless the rest of the period and closed on a 9-0 run to get back within 11, 49-38, heading into the final frame.

Crist hit a three with 6:44 left to push Stevenson's lead back to 16, 56-40, before Rutgers-Camden made one final push, using an 11-3 run to pull within eight, 59-51, with 2:42 to go on a Gabby Greene trifecta.  Stevenson held the Scarlet Raptors scoreless the rest of the way as they closed on a 10-0 run.

Stevenson shot 41% overall and made six of its 16 three-point attempts while outrebounding Rutgers-Camden 47-32.  The guests shot 34% overall and made five of their 17 three-pointers.  The Mustangs generated a 24-18 lead in points off turnovers and an 11-6 advantage in points off turnovers.