Jacobs Nets 18 as Mustangs Pick Up First Conference Win

Jacobs Nets 18 as Mustangs Pick Up First Conference Win

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Freshman Morgan Jacobs finished with 18 points off the bench as the Stevenson University women's basketball team defeated Widener University in MAC Commonwealth action Saturday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Jacobs finished 7-16 from the floor for the Mustangs (4-3, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) and also grabbed seven rebounds to lead three players in double figures. Senior Imani Sanders totaled a career-best 14 points on 5-9 shooting, while classmate Kristine Tennyson added 10 points and seven rebounds.  Freshman Olivia Coleman narrowly missed her second double-double of the season with nine points and 12 rebounds while recording three blocks, while sophomore Hannah Crist also added nine points.

Widener (3-3, 0-2 MAC Commonwealth) was led by Allison Gallagher's game-high 25 points.

Stevenson led 34-25 at halftime, but the Pride outscored the Mustangs 10-4 over the first four-plus minutes of the second half to pull within three, 38-35, on a layup by Emily Hardy.  The hosts countered with a 12-2 run capped by a layup by freshman Brandi Hall to go up 13, 50-37, with 1:25 left in the third quarter.  The Mustangs carried a 50-39 lead into the final frame.

The Pride cut the lead to seven, 50-43, with 9:01 to go on a Gallagher basket, but Stevenson scored the game's next six points to push its lead to 13, 56-43, on a Tennyson basket with just under seven minutes left.  Widener cut the lead to seven twice down the stretch, the last time on a Nikki Petri three with 1:45 to go, but got no closer.

Stevenson led 13-12 after one quarter after a first period that saw four lead changes.  The lead went back and forth four more times in the second before a Jacobs three with 4:33 on the clock put the Mustangs in front 23-20.  That trifecta kicked off a 9-0 run capped by a Sanders layup 2:38 before intermission to put the hosts up 29-20, and the Mustangs took a 34-25 lead into the locker room as Sanders converted a basket as time expired.

Stevenson shot 37.5% from the floor and just 3-18 behind the arc, but did go 16-25 at the free throw line.  The Pride shot 39.2% overall, 6-12 behind the arc, and 14-24 at the free throw line.  Stevenson committed just six turnovers, its fewest since committing six against Lebanon Valley on February 22, 2014, and forced 23 Widener giveaways, leading to a 26-6 lead in points off turnovers.  The guests held a 44-40 rebound advantage.

Stevenson returns to action Sunday when it travels to Washington and Lee for a 2:00 non-conference contest.