The University of Scranton women's basketball team closed the regular season in dominating fashion on Saturday, defeating host Goucher 72-24 to enter the postseason with a 24-1 overall record. The #13 Lady Royals, who have won 19 games in a row, are the top seed in Landmark Conference playoffs after going 13-1 in league play and will host #4 Moravian in a semifinal contest on Wednesday night.
Scranton wasted no time taking control of Saturday's contest, scoring the first 10 points and outscoring the Gophers (0-25, 0-14 Landmark) 25-2 in the first quarter. The second period was more tightly contested with the Lady Royals extending their lead to 36-10 at halftime.
The visitors again held Goucher to just two points in the third frame while netting 23 points of their own to hold a 59-12 cushion entering the final stanza.
Despite the large deficit, the Gophers continued to battle until the end with Scranton finishing with a narrow, 13-12 lead in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.
Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) scored a team-high 12 points off the bench for the Lady Royals by knocking down four-of-five three-pointers. Julia Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added eight points for Scranton, which had 12 of its 14 players score at least two points in the contest including seven with six points in the win.
Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds and blocked three shots in the victory.
As a team, Scranton shot 50.9 percent from the field while going 45.5 percent from three-point range and converting 6-of-8 of its free throw attempts.
Nicole Wolard netted a game-high 13 points for Goucher while teammate Quichey Johnson led all players with 11 caroms in the loss. The Gophers shots 20.4 percent from the floor on the day while going 4-of-8 from the stripe.
Wednesday's Landmark Conference semifinal between the Lady Royals and Greyhounds is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. in the Long Center. #2 Juniata will host #3 Elizabethtown in Wednesday's other semifinal matchup. Scranton won a pair of overtime games over Moravian during the regular season, winning 98-94 on January 17 in Scranton and 75-70 in Bethlehem on January 31.