Lady Royals Topple Moravian 67-45 to Advance to Landmark Conference Championship Game

Sofia Recupero recorded 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks in Scranton's win over Moravian on Wednesday night.
Sofia Recupero recorded 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks in Scranton's win over Moravian on Wednesday night.


Box Score

The University of Scranton women's basketball team dominated the second half of Wednesday night's Landmark Conference semifinal to pull away from Moravian and into Saturday's Landmark Conference championship game with a 67-45 victory.  The top-seeded Lady Royals, who are currently ranked 11th in the nation, outscored the fourth-seeded Greyhounds 37-18 in the final 20 minutes of play to advance to their sixth straight Landmark Conference title contest.

Scranton (25-1) will take a 20-game win streak into Saturday's title game as the Lady Royals seek their third straight Landmark Conference title against #2 seed Juniata, who defeated Elizabethtown 78-55 in Wednesday's other semifinal matchup.   

The first 22 and a half minutes of Wednesday's contest were tightly contested with Scranton twice holding a lead of six points during that, which featured eight lead changes and the score tied five times. 

The Lady Royals took a 30-27 lead into halftime, but the Greyhounds (17-9) leveled the score at 32-apiece with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter.  From that point on though, it was all Scranton as the hosts used a 16-5 surge to build a 48-35 lead with 1:22 remaining in the period.

Leading by 11 points entering the fourth stanza, the hosts put the game out of reach by outscoring Moravian 17-3 over the first eight and a half minutes of period to open up a commanding, 25-point advantage while capping a 33-8 run over a nearly 16-minute span in the second half.  

Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) finished with a game-high 20 points for Scranton, 17 of which came in the second half, on 8-16 shooting from the floor including four three-pointers.  Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) added 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots while Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) contributed nine points and a game-high three steals.

Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) posted game-highs of 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lady Royals while Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) came off the bench to tally eight points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) also chipped in with eight points in the victory.

Scranton shot 42.6 percent from the field for the game including a 31.6 percent effort from three point range while knocking down 15-17 of its free throw attempts for an 88.2 showing at the line.

The Lady Royals also held a 41-37 advantage on the boards for the game and outscored the Greyhounds in the paint, 30-16.

A strong defensive effort by Scranton limited the high-scoring Greyhounds to just 24.1 percent shooting on the night and a 4-18 (22.2 percent) effort from beyond the arc.

Maddy Capuano led Moravian with 17 points in the loss.

Saturday's championship contest between Scranton and Juniata will start at 3:00 p.m. in the Long Center. 

The Lady Royals and Eagles split a pair of games during the regular season with the home team winning both times.  The Eagles notched a 62-54 victory in Huntingdon on December 2 while the Lady Royals posted a 62-45 win on February 3 in Scranton.