Women's Basketball Survives Scare From Hood

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Jonyae Curry finished with 16 points and six rebounds as the Stevenson University women's basketball team snapped a four-game slide with a 61-56 win over Hood College Wednesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Stevenson (13-10, 7-7 MAC Commonwealth) also got 10 points from junior Hannah Crist.  Freshmen Brandi Hall and Denia Campbell each totaled nine points, while classmate Olivia Coleman added seven points and six rebounds, going 5-5 at the free throw line. 

The Blazers (6-16, 2-11 MAC Commonwealth) were paced by Mia Savoy's 17 points, while Denisha Robinson posted 12 points and six rebounds.

Stevenson led 44-39 after three quarters, but Hood opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take a five-point lead, 51-46, with 5:33 left on a basket by Savoy.  The Mustangs countered with eight straight points of their own, and a Campbell three-pointer with 2:56 remaining put Stevenson on top 54-51.

A Savoy basket at the 1:48 mark tied things for the seventh time in the game 54-54.  After a Mustang turnover, a steal and layup by Crist with 1:20 to go put the Mustangs on top for good.  Freshman Morgan Jacobs came up with a steal on the next Hood trip down the floor, and on the next Mustang possession, senior Kristine Tennyson, who had checked into the game for the first time after missing much of the game due to an academic conflict, laid it in on a feed from Curry with 28 seconds left to put Stevenson up 60-56.  Curry scored on Stevenson's next possession to make it a six-point game with 16 seconds left. 

On the other end, Laura Vetter scored and was fouled with nine seconds left, however, she missed the free throw that would have made it a one possession game.  Hall made 1-of-2 free throws to account for the final.

Hood opened up a 16-8 lead with 1:47 to go in the first quarter following a Robinson three and held a 16-11 lead after the opening 10 minutes. The Mustangs trailed 27-22 2:46 before intermission, but did not allow a field goal the rest of the half, and the two teams went in deadlocked at 28.  The hosts never trailed in the third quarter and closed the frame on a 7-2 run to go up 44-39 after three.

Stevenson shot a lower percentage than Hood, shooting 34.9% as compared to 44% for the Blazers, but a 42-30 Mustang rebound advantage led to a 16-2 lead in second chance points for the hosts.  The Mustangs made 12-of-13 at the free throw line while Hood was 6-11, but the guests were 6-12 behind the arc, while Stevenson went 5-21. 

Stevenson is back in action Saturday when it hosts Lycoming College for a 1:00 MAC Commonwealth tilt at Owings Mills Gymnasium.