|Sarah Payonk||Bridgette Mann|
|Alexix Roman||Jaclyn Gantz
Photo gallery (by Emma Black)
SCRANTON, Pa. - Junior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) became just the third player in University of Scranton women's basketball program history to record a triple double (14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) in a game, as the Lady Royals remained unbeaten on Saturday with a convincing 70-52 victory over Catholic in Landmark Conference action at the John Long Center.
With the victory, Scranton continues the second best start to a season in program history, going to 16-0 overall and 7-0 in the Landmark Conference. Catholic fell to 10-6 and 5-2 in the Landmark with the defeat.
In the first quarter of the contest, things remained close between the squads, with Scranton eventually taking a six-point lead at 13-7 with 3:44 left. The Lady Royals were able to hold that lead over the Cardinals over the rest of the period, and headed into the second quarter up 17-13 on Catholic.
To start the second quarter, Scranton nailed two quick buckets to open the lead out to 22-13, but Catholic rallied back to cut the lead down to five with 4:35 left at 24-19. Here, Scranton went on a scoring tear to end the half on a high note, rolling on a 10-2 run to go up 34-21 at intermission.
In the third quarter, Scranton quickly extended the lead out to 17 points (40-23) in the the first three minutes of play, and held a significant lead throughout the rest of the period as they went into the fourth quarter up 49-33 on Catholic.
Catholic, however, did not go away quietly in the fourth quarter, as they cut the Scranton lead to single figures for the first time since the second quarter with 5:41 left at 56-47.
But, that was the closest the Cardinals got to the Lady Royals lead the rest of the night, as Scranton ended the game on a 14-5 run to roll to an 18-point victory at home.
Overall, Payonk led four double-digit scorers with her triple-double. The feat, which was accomplished for the first time since Jan. 27, 2003 when Katie Dougherty did it against Marywood (16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals), was completed late in the contest after senior guard Jaclyn Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) nailed a three off a Payonk pass with 1:08 left.
Elsewhere, freshman guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) led all scorers on the afternoon with 21 points, nailing five three-pointers throughout the contest.
Junior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) came just short of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Gantz ended with a double-double, scoring 12 points and snatching 10 rebounds in the win.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will return to action on Wednesday, taking on Moravian in a battle of the top two teams in the Landmark Conference. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Long Center.