|Makenzie Mason||Emily Sheehan|
TOWSON, Md. - Junior forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) recorded a double-double on the day, scoring 19 points while pulling down a career-high 18 rebounds, as The University of Scranton women's basketball team pulled away in the second half of a 69-46 win at Goucher on Saturday.
With the win, Scranton ends their 2018-19 regular season with a 23-4 overall mark, 12-2 in the Landmark Conference, and also clinch the top seed in the upcoming Landmark playoffs, which will begin on Wednesday.
There, the Lady Royals (who are ranked ninth in the WBCA Top 25 and 12th in the D3Hoops.com Top 25) will play fourth-seeded Moravian inside the John Long Center at 7 p.m.
With the loss, Goucher ends their season with a 5-20 overall mark, 0-14 in the Landmark.
To start the game, it was close between the Lady Royals and Gophers, with the game being tied on three separate occasions throughout the first half. With the game at a 23-all standstill with three minutes to go in the second quarter, Scranton ended the period on an 11-0 spurt, opening a 34-23 lead over the Gophers into intermission.
Once Scranton took a double-digit lead in the contest, they never looked back, as they opened an insurmountable 47-26 lead with 4:58 left in the third quarter. Up by 15 entering the fourth (49-34), the Lady Royals coasted down the stretch to collect a 23-point win, the team's 22nd double-digit win of the year.
Overall, Mason was dominant in the win, earning her seventh double-double of the year with her 19-point, 18-rebound performance. Mason, who had nine offensive and nine defensive rebounds, pulled down the most rebounds in a game for a Lady Royals player since Sarah Payonk hit the 18-rebound mark in 2013 vs. Montclair St.
Elsewhere, junior guard Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) was Scranton's only other double-digit scorer in the win, ending with 13 points. Senior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) made a start in the win and finished with nine points, five rebounds, and four steals.
On the defensive end, Scranton held Goucher to just three points over almost 10 minutes of game action in between the second and third quarters, as the Lady Royals scored 24 points on their end to put the game away. The Lady Royals also held Goucher to just 30.9 percent shooting from the floor and to under 50 points, marking the 16th time on the year an opponent didn't hit 50 points against Scranton.
Scranton now sets their sights on defending their Landmark Conference championship, as the Lady Royals host Moravian on Wednesday night in the conference semifinals. In the first two games of the year between the teams, Scranton coasted a pair of double-digit victories (72-45 on Jan. 9 and 72-51 on Feb. 6) over the Greyhounds.
More information on the Landmark Conference semifinal match-up will be posted over the next few days on athletics.scranton.edu.