|Emily Shurina||Taylor Rodriguez|
TOWSON, Md. – The No. 3 University of Scranton women's basketball team (7-0, 1-0 Landmark) opened a 23-point halftime lead and cruised to a 69-35 win over the Goucher Gophers (4-4, 0-1 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Decker Sports & Recreation Center in Towson.
The Lady Royals have now won all 26 meetings between the two teams.
Scranton led 19-4 after the first quarter and took a 38-15 advantage into the locker room.
Sophomore guard Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) hit four three en route to a game-high 14 points for the Lady Royals and was joined in double figures by junior Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) who had 11 points and freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) who added 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting. Monaghan added eight assists and five rebounds, while classmate Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) tallied six points and seven rebounds.
Kyani Quarles paced the Gophers with 13 points and Scranton's defense held leading scorer Alayna McFadden to two points on 1-of-12 shooting. McFadden entered play as the leading scorer in the Landmark Conference at 19.9 points per game.
Rodriguez hit a layup to open the scoring and the Lady Royals scored the first 19 points of the game as a layup from sophomore Danielle McCurdy (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) made it a 19-0 game with 2:15 to play in the first quarter. Scranton held the afore-mentioned 19-4 lead after one and scored seven of the first 10 points in the second quarter as a pair of free throws from Rodriguez made it a 26-7 lead with 6:06 left in the first half. Sophomore Carly Heineman (Abington, Pa./Gwyned Mercy Academy) scored five points in the final two plus minutes of the second quarter and took a 38-15 lead into the locker room.
Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad scored the first 11 points of the third quarter and a layup from Quigley stretched the lead to 34 at 49-15 with 5:22 left in the period. Freshman Sara Walsh (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) made a pair of free throws in the final minute to make it a 53-20 game after three. Shurina connected on a pair of threes in the fourth quarter as the Lady Royals cruised to the 69-35 victory.
Scranton shot 40.3% (25-of-62) from the floor and 33.3% (9-of-27) from long range to go along with a 10-of-14 mark (71.4%) from the charity stripe. The Lady Royals were able to limit Goucher to 10-of-48 shooting (20.8%) from the field and 1-of-14 (7.1%) from three point range.
The Lady Royals held a 50-32 edge in rebounding led by nine boards from senior Sofia Recupero and seven from Quigley.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will have a week off for finals before returning to action versus Elmira on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. in the opening round of the Hilton Scranton Poinsettia Classic.