Strong Fourth Quarter Lifts Lady Royals to 62-50 Victory at Catholic

Makenzie Mason led all players with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in Saturday's win.
Makenzie Mason led all players with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in Saturday's win.




Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Scranton used a strong fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon to break open a tight contest at Catholic, opening a four-game road trip with a 62-50 victory over the Cardinals in Landmark Conference women's basketball action.  

Leading by a point at the end of three quarters of play, the #17 Lady Royals (16-1, 5-1 Landmark) opened the fourth period with a 10-0 run and outscored Catholic (12-5, 3-3 Landmark) 21-10 in the final stanza to secure their 11th consecutive win.

Scranton built an 11-5 advantage midway through the first quarter of Saturday's contest and held a 16-14 edge at the end of the opening period, but Catholic opened the second stanza with a three-pointer to take the lead.

The two teams traded baskets before the Lady Royals used a quick, 8-0 burst capped by a pair of treys from Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) to claim a 26-20 advantage. 

The Cardinals countered with an 8-2 push to pull within a point late in the period, but Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) knocked down a jumper with 12 seconds remaining to give Scranton a 31-28 edge at the break.

Catholic reeled off six straight points to take a 40-37 lead with 1:48 remaining in the third quarter, but the Lady Royals tallied the final four points of the period to take a 41-40 advantage into the final 10 minutes of regulation after Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) hit a field goal with 37 ticks left on the clock.

Scranton broke the game open with a 10-0 run over the first 4:15 of the fourth quarter, led by seven points from Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./St. Francis Prep), to open up a 51-40 advantage with 5:45 remaining. 

Catholic would cut its deficit to seven points before the Lady Royals put the game out of reach with the next points to give the visitors a 60-46 cushion with just under two minutes left.

Mason led Scranton with a double-double on game-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds while also leading all players with four assists. Broderick finished with 11 points while Recupero and Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) netted 10 points apiece for the Lady Royals.

The visitors shot 45.7 percent from the field for the game including a 38.1 percent showing from three-point range while going 60 percent from the free throw line.

The Lady Royals were able to overcome 21 turnovers by holding Catholic to just a 25.8 percent shooting day from the floor and limiting the Cardinals to just three made three-pointers on 17 attempts.  

Scranton returns to the hardwood on Wednesday evening with a Landmark Conference matchup at Drew University starting at 7:00 p.m. in Madison, New Jersey.