Big Second Half Carries No. 15 Lady Royals Past Juniata, 73-51

Sophomore Emily Shurina hit four threes for the third time in four games on Saturday as the Lady Royals toppled Juniata, 73-51. Photo credit: Thomas Nettleton, d3photography.com
Sophomore Emily Shurina hit four threes for the third time in four games on Saturday as the Lady Royals toppled Juniata, 73-51. Photo credit: Thomas Nettleton, d3photography.com
Makenzie Mason  Emily Shurina 
Bridget Monaghan  Kyra Quigley 

 

SCRANTON, Pa. – The No. 15 University of Scranton women's basketball team (14-3, 4-2 Landmark) outscored Juniata 44-21 in the second half en route to a 73-51 win over the Eagles (4-13, 1-5 Landmark) in Landmark Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the John Long Center in Scranton.

The Lady Royals trailed 30-29 at halftime, but used the big second half run to overcome Juniata.

Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting to pace Scranton and was joined in double figures by sophomore Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) who had 12 points, freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) added 11 points and freshman Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr). Shurina knocked down four three-pointers for the third time in her last four games.

Larissa Leonard led Juniata with 12 points on the afternoon. The Lady Royals were able to limit Gracie Stauffer who entered play averaging a double-double to five points and three rebounds.

The Eagles scored the first six points of the contest, but Scranton quickly answered and took their first lead when Quigley hit a layup to make it 11-10 at the 3:17 mark of the first quarter. The Eagles scored the final five points of the quarter and held an 18-13 edge after one. The two teams traded baskets for the majority of the second quarter and Juniata led 30-25 with 1:51 left in the half before freshman Hannah Angelini (Baldwin Place, N.Y./Somers) hit a jumper and Monaghan sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead to one at the break.

Stauffer's layup at the 9:10 mark of the third quarter tied things at 32 apiece before Quigley's layup on the other end ignited a 12-2 run to open up a 44-34 edge for Scranton with 4:17 left in the quarter. Juniata was unable to get closer than six the rest of the way and sophomore Danielle McCurdy (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) hit a layup in the final seconds to make it a 51-40 game after three. The Lady Royals broke the game open with a 13-2 run to start the fourth and a jumper from senior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) made it a 64-42 game with 4:41 to play.

Scranton shot 46.4% (26-of-56) from the floor and was 7-of-23 (30.4%) from deep, while connecting on 14-of-20 (70.0%) from the free throw line. Juniata shot 40.5% (17-of-42) from the floor and 46.2% (6-of-13) from beyond the arc. The Lady Royals were able to force 28 turnovers in the game and Juniata held a slight 30-27 edge in the rebounding battle.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team will conclude a three-game homestand when they host Drew on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

--LADY ROYALS--