|Makenzie Mason||Bridget Monaghan||Sofia Recupero|
SCRANTON, Pa. – Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) scored her 1,000th career point and The No. 15 University of Scranton women's basketball team (13-3, 3-2 Landmark) used a late 13-0 run to pull away from Susquehanna in a 59-46 win over the River Hawks (11-5, 3-2 Landmark) on Wednesday night at the John Long Center in Scranton.
Mason hit a layup with 6:26 left in the fourth quarter to become the 30th player in program history to hit the 1,000 point mark for her career.
The Lady Royals led 46-41 with 4:49 to play before senior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) buried a three to kickstart a 13-0 run and classmate Lily Warhaftig (Harlem, N.Y./Poly Prep) capped the run with a pair of free throws with 1:37 left to make it a 59-41 game. Sheehan scored seven points during the stretch and freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) knocked down four straight free throws.
Monaghan and senior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) had 15 points apiece to pace the Lady Royals, while Sheehan added 10 points and Mason had eight. The 15 points marks a career-high for Monaghan, surpassing her previous career-best of 13 points in a win over Rosemont on Dec. 21.
Erin McQuillen had 14 points to lead Susquehanna and Nevin Hoenninger had 11 points.
Monaghan's jumper with 3:50 left in the first quarter gave the hosts an early 11-4 edge and Scranton held a 15-9 lead after one. The Lady Royals opened the scoring in the second quarter before Susquehanna answered with a 9-0 run to take an 18-17 edge at the 5:55 mark. The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half and a jumper from Monaghan in the final seconds gave Scranton a 24-22 lead at the half.
Recupero's layup with 6:53 left in the third quarter made it a 31-24 game, but the River Hawks once again answered with a 9-3 spurt to cut the lead to one at 34-33. The Lady Royals scored four of the final five points in the quarter and held a 38-34 lead after three. The afore-mentioned layup from Mason in the fourth quarter opened up Scranton's first double-digit lead of the night at 46-36.
The Lady Royals shot 35.0% (21-of-60) from the floor and 4-of-20 (20.0%) from three to go along with an 81.3% mark (13-of-16) at the charity stripe. Susquehanna was 17-of-46 (37.0%) from the floor and knocked down 6-of-14 (42.9%) from beyond the arc. The hosts held a 38-32 edge in the rebounding battle led by eight rebounds from Recupero.
Scranton will host Juniata in Landmark Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 25. Opening tip at the John Long Center is slated for 4 p.m.