Balanced Scoring for Women's Basketball as Mustangs Pull Away From LVC

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – For the second time this season, the Stevenson University women's basketball team placed five players in double figures as it pulled away late for a 68-51 MAC Commonwealth victory over Lebanon Valley College Wednesday evening at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Stevenson (6-3, 2-1 MAC Commonwealth) has won three in a row and five of six.

The Mustangs were led by sophomore Hannah Crist as she finished with 12 points and five assists.  Senior Kristine Tennyson was 4-6 from the floor and totaled 11 points and six rebounds, while freshman Olivia Coleman recorded 10 points and eight rebounds.  Junior Jonyae Curry added 10 points, and freshman Morgan Jacobs chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.

Lebanon Valley (5-3, 2-1 MAC Commonwealth) was led by Emily Mealey's 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Stevenson led 37-36 after three quarters and was tied 39-39 a minute into the fourth when it held the Dutchmen scoreless for nearly five minutes and scored 14 straight points to open up a 53-39 lead on a basket by Jacobs with 4:39 left.  LVC used pressure to get the lead down to 10 twice, the last on a Caroline Scarff basket with 1:24 to go, but Stevenson sealed the win by going 7-8 at the free throw line in the final 1:04.

The third quarter saw four ties and four lead changes after the two teams entered intermission deadlocked 22-22.  Lebanon Valley scored the first four points of the frame, but after a Crist layup with 7:07 on the clock, it was a one-possession game the remainder of the quarter, with Stevenson going up 37-36 on a Coleman basket with eight seconds left.

Curry opened the game's scoring with a three 2:21 in, but from there, the Mustangs were held scoreless for over seven minutes until a Tennyson layup with 36 seconds left in the first quarter cut LVC's lead to 9-5.  A Tennyson basket with 4:51 left before halftime put the Mustangs on top 13-12, and the lead changed hands twice before a 6-1 Stevenson spurt put the hosts on top 22-18 with 1:41 left.  The Dutchmen scored the final four points of the half to knot the score 22-22.

Stevenson was 15-27 (55.6%) from the floor over the final 20 minutes and shot 46% for the game while limiting the Dutchmen to 24.6% shooting, including a 3-18 effort from long range while the Mustangs went 5-11 behind the arc.  The hosts were 17-21 from the foul line, with LVC going 18-24, and the visitors held a 38-35 rebound advantage, including 16-6 on the offensive glass, but they were able to turn it into just a 9-8 lead in second chance points.  The Mustang bench outscored Lebanon Valley's 21-3.

Stevenson plays its final game before its breaks for finals Saturday when it heads to Arcadia for a 1:00 MAC Commonwealth contest.