|Emily Shurina||Makenzie Mason||Sofia Recupero|
GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. – Sophomore guard Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) scored a career-high 23 points and The University of Scranton women's basketball team (2-0) put up 60 points in the first half en route to a 91-74 win over the Gwynedd Mercy Griffins (1-3) in the championship game of the Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon at The Griffin Complex.
The 91 points are the most the Lady Royals have scored since a 98-94 overtime win versus Moravian on Jan. 17, 2018.
Shurina paced Scranton with her career-high 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 6-of-10 from three-point range. She was joined in double figures by senior guard Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) who added a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while senior Emily Sheehan tallied 13 points and classmate Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) added a double-double of her own with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Shurina has knocked down 11 threes through the first two games after draining five in Friday's 75-64 win over Ursinus. The 23 points topped her previous career-high of 16 that had been set on Feb. 6, 2019 at Moravian.
Shannon Carroll had 12 points off the bench to pace Gwynedd Mercy and Denise Sacco chipped in with 11.
Scranton came storming out of the gate in this one and scored 11 of the first 14 points as a layup from junior Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) gave the Lady Royals an 11-3 lead with 6:49 left in the first quarter. Freshman Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy) ignited a 19-8 run with a three-point play and the Lady Royals held a 30-17 edge after one. Shurina got hot from long range in the second quarter and connected on four triples as Scranton broke the game open. Following a three-point play from the Griffins that cut the lead to 36-22, Shurina's first of the four threes ignited an 18-3 run and the sophomore closed the run with another three to extend the lead to 29 at 54-25 with 3:19 left in the half. The Lady Royals eventually took a 60-34 lead into the locker room.
Recupero scored the first five points of the third quarter for the visitors and the two sides traded baskets for much of the period as the Lady Royals took a 79-55 lead at the end of three. Gwynedd Mercy made a run in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 11 with 3:08 to play, but a late spurt from head coach Nick DiPillo's squad preserved the victory.
The Lady Royals shot 40.7% (33-of-81) from the field and 34.5% (10-of-29) from three, while limiting the Griffins to 22.1% shooting from the floor. Scranton controlled the boards with a 67-45 edge led by the 13 rebounds from Mason and Recupero's 10.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 23 at King's (Pa.) at 6 p.m. The game is a part of the annual Cross-County Challenge that will be hosted by King's and the Lady Royals are slated to play Wilkes on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.