|Kyra Quigley||Emily Shurina||Makenzie Mason|
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The No. 10 University of Scranton women's basketball team (12-2, 2-1 Landmark) shot 50% from three-point range and cruised to a 74-48 victory over the Moravian Greyhounds (8-6, 1-2 Landmark) in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night at Johnston Hall in Bethlehem.
The Lady Royals shot a season-high 50.0% (12-of-24) from beyond the arc.
Freshman Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) made her first career start and scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while sophomore Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) knocked down four threes en route to a 16-point performance. Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added 12 points and nine rebounds for Scranton.
Nadine Ewald paced Moravian with 18 points on the night and Maddie Capuano was 7-of-7 from the free throw line as part of her 12 points.
The Lady Royals knocked down five threes in the first quarter and a triple from senior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) gave the visitors a 23-12 lead with 3:08 left in the opening stanza before Moravian scored five of the next six points to cut the lead to 24-17 after one. Ewald hit a free throw to cut the lead to 26-20 at the 7:31 mark before Mason's three on the other end kickstarted a 14-0 run and Shurina buried consecutive threes to extend the lead to 40-20 with 3:22 left in the half. Quigley hit a layup in the final seconds and the Lady Royals took a 44-29 lead into the locker room.
Scranton scored the first 10 points of the second half and Sheehan's second three of the night allowed the lead to balloon to 25 at 54-29 with 7:49 left in the third quarter. Sheehan connected on a pair of free throws in the final minute of the quarter and the Lady Royals held a 66-39 lead after three. The Greyhounds were unable to get any closer than 19 the rest of the way and Scranton closed the game on a 7-0 run that included three-pointers from Mason and sophomore Kayla Farney (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas).
Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad was 26-of-56 (46.4%) from the field and 12-of-24 (50%) from three to go along with a 10-of-15 mark (66.7%) from the charity stripe, while holding Moravian to 29.8% (17-of-57) from the field and 23.5% (4-of-17) from deep.
The Lady Royals return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they hit the road to battle Catholic. Opening tip in Washington, D.C. is slated for 4 p.m.