OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Highlighted by a career-high 18 points from senior Caitlin Roy and a double double from junior Sara Tarbert, the Stevenson women's basketball team picked up its fifth straight win in a 60-46 victory over MAC Commonwealth opponent Messiah on Thursday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
With the win, the Mustangs (9-6, 6-3 MAC Commonwealth) sweep Messiah in the regular season, giving the Falcons (12-6, 6-3 MAC Commonwealth) two of their three conference losses on the year.
With a five point advantage entering the final quarter, the Mustangs went on a 13-3 run to take a 56-41 lead. The run was highlighted by old-fashioned three point plays from both Roy and Tarbert. Buckets from Gillian Glackin and Becca Isaac were able to get Messiah on the board, but Stevenson dominated the rest of the way.
It was a battle of defenses as the two teams fought neck-and-neck in the opening quarter of play. Each team forced three turnovers, as neither team led by more than three points. The quarter featured five ties and six lead changes, but the hosts held a one-point advantage, 11-10, at the end of the quarter.
The hosts held Messiah scoreless for the first 3:51 of the second quarter as they forced five turnovers on their way to a 6-0 run. The run was highlighted by layups from Tarbert and sophomore Kaitlyn VanTash.
The Falcons responded with five straight points, but Stevenson was able to maintain its lead through the break. Stevenson held its largest lead of the half, 24-19 with 1:49 left in the second quarter after senior Stephanie Martinez drained a three pointer with the shot clock winding down.
After two quarters, the Mustangs held a 24-20 lead. Stevenson shot just 25.8% from the floor in the first half, while holding Messiah to 24.1%. Tarbert totaled 12 points, while Roy added six.
The Falcons missed only one shot in the first 2:39 of the third quarter, as they chipped away and cut their deficit to just one point, 28-27. Messiah's run was trumped as Martinez and Roy hit back-to-back three pointers, and gave the hosts a seven point lead, 34-27, with 6:35 left.
Stevenson finished the game shooting 38.3% from the floor after shooting 51.7% over the final 20 minutes, holding Messiah to 31%. The Mustangs also held a 44-36 advantage in rebounds, scoring 23 second chance points to Messiah's 11.
Roy went 6-8 from the floor and 5-5 from the foul line, while also adding nine rebounds. Tarbert totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds in her 10th double double of the season, while Martinez added 10 points and four assists.
The Mustangs travel to Arcadia on Saturday for a 1:00 MAC Commonwealth contest.