|Makenzie Mason||Bridget Monaghan||Kyra Quigley|
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The No. 3 University of Scranton women's basketball team (3-0) opened up a 19-point halftime lead en route to a 77-69 win over the King's Monarchs (2-2) on Saturday night at the Cross-County Challenge at McGrane Gymnasium in Wilkes-Barre.
The Lady Royals have now won eight straight meetings against the Monarchs dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Senior guard Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) matched a game-high with 17 points and had 15 rebounds to pace Scranton and was joined in double figures by freshman guard Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown Beard) who added 12 points off the bench on 4-of-7 shooting and freshman forward Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) who contributed 10 points of her own. Mason also added three assists and three steals for head coach Nick DiPillo's squad.
As a whole, 10 different players scored for the Lady Royals including senior center Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) who tallied nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Rebecca Prociak led five King's players in double figures with 17 points, while Samantha Rajza had 15 points and Emily Morano and Mackenzie Yori had 13 points apiece.
Scranton opened the game on an 11-2 run capped by a three-pointer from senior Lily Warhaftig (Harlem, N.Y./Poly Prep), but King's cut the lead to six before the Lady Royals embarked on an 11-2 run to close the quarter and a Recupero jumper made it a 22-7 game after one. A jumper from Prociak cut the lead to 30-17 with 5:04 left in the first half, but Monaghan responded by scoring the next eight points in the game to stretch the lead to 21 at 38-17. Monaghan notched her third triple of the night in the final minute of the half and the visitors took a 41-22 lead into the locker room.
The two teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter and Mason had seven points in the frame as Scranton held a 57-39 edge heading into the fourth. Both teams once again traded runs for a majority of the fourth quarter and a trey from junior Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) gave the Lady Royals a 68-54 lead with 3:26 to play, but the Monarchs answered with a 15-7 run and a three-pointer from Morano made it a six-point game at 75-69 in the final seconds.
The Lady Royals shot 30-of-68 (44.1%) from the field and 8-of-26 (30.8%) from beyond the arc, while King's was 25-of-59 (42.4%) from the floor and 8-of-22 (36.4%) from deep. Scranton held a 51-29 edge on the boards led by the 15 caroms from Mason and eight from Recupero.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will battle Wilkes on Sunday afternoon at McGrane Gymnasium on the campus of King's at 1 p.m.