OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University used a balanced attack with five players recording at least nine points as it recorded a 77-66 MAC Commonwealth women's basketball victory over Lycoming College Saturday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Stevenson (14-10, 8-7 MAC Commonwealth) won its second straight and clinched a berth into the five-team MAC Commonwealth Championship that begins on Monday, February 19. Freshman Brandi Hall totaled 13 points off the bench, while junior Jonyae Curry posted 12 points and five rebounds. Senior Kristine Tennyson recorded 11 points, while classmate Imani Sanders finished with nine to go along with three steals. Freshman Olivia Coleman notched eight points, going 6-6 at the free throw line, and grabbed seven rebounds while blocking five shots.
Lycoming (16-6, 10-4) was paced by Shelby Mueller's 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Morgan Mader knocked down four threes and recorded 16 points.
Stevenson trailed 51-49 entering the fourth quarter but took a 52-51 lead with 9:09 remaining on a three by sophomore Hannah Crist. The lead changed hands three times before a Mader three with 7:40 left put the Warriors in front 58-54. Stevenson responded with six straight points, as a steal and layup by Sanders tied things 58-58, then a pair of Crist free throws with 6:44 left put Stevenson up a pair.
After Lycoming tied the game with 6:34 left, the Mustangs scored the game's next five points to open up a 65-60 lead with 4:22 left on a layup by sophomore Mariama Keita. Stevenson held the Warriors without a field goal until a Mader three with four seconds left as it closed the game on a 17-6 run.
Lycoming pulled within four, 67-63, on a pair of Mueller free throws at the 1:41 mark, but on the other end, a Curry layup pushed the lead back to six. From there, Stevenson went 6-8 at the free throw line and also got a steal and layup from freshman Denia Campbell to seal the win.
The first quarter was all Stevenson as it scored the game's first 10 points and shot 11-16 (68%) from the floor as it opened up a 31-9 lead at the first intermission. Lycoming held the Mustangs without a field goal for the first six minutes of the second quarter as it opened the period on a 13-0 run. The Warriors pulled within seven, 39-32, at halftime.
Lycoming began the second half with a 12-0 run over the first six-plus minutes to go up 44-39 at the 3:47 mark on a basket by Haley Sipple. A layup by Hall capped a 5-0 spurt to tie the game 44-44 with 2:43 left, and the Mustangs eked out a 47-45 lead on a Campbell three with 2:01 remaining. The guests were up 51-47 following a pair of free throws with 29 ticks on the clock, but a putback by Sanders as time expired in the third halved the lead heading into the final frame.
Stevenson shot 41.7% for the game and took 14 more trips to the free throw line than Lycoming and went 23-29, while the Warriors were 11-15 at the free throw line. The guests shot 41% and were 5-14 from three, while Stevenson was 4-12, but the Mustangs outrebounded the Warriors 40-36 and forced 23 Lycoming turnovers, leading to a 26-17 lead for the hosts in points off turnovers. As a team Stevenson recorded 16 steals.
Prior to the game, Sanders and Tennyson were honored in Senior Day ceremonies.
Stevenson closes out the regular season Tuesday night when it travels to Alvernia for a 6:00 MAC Commonwealth contest.