|Makenzie Mason||Bridget Monaghan|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The No. 15 University of Scranton women's basketball team (15-3, 5-2 Landmark) won their third straight with a 64-53 win over the Drew Rangers (12-6, 3-4 Landmark) in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night at the John Long Center in Scranton.
Scranton led for 36 of 40 minutes and Drew was unable to get any closer than seven in the second half.
Senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had 15 points to pace the Lady Royals, while freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) had 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in her second start of the season. Senior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and sophomore Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) added nine points apiece for the hosts as Sheehan sank 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Senior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) tallied seven points and seven rebounds.
The 14 points are Monaghan's second highest total of the season and she has now scored double-digit points in three straight contests.
Erin Frederick led Drew with 19 points in the losing effort and Sekeya Campbell added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Drew hit a three to open the scoring, but the Lady Royals answered with a 13-0 run that included four points apiece from Mason and Monaghan. Scranton led 15-9 after one quarter. The Rangers cut the lead to 15-13 at the 9:04 mark of the second quarter before the hosts embarked on a 15-0 run and consecutive three-pointers from Shurina extended the lead to 30-13 with 3:50 to play in the first half. Drew answered with a 9-0 spurt of their own and Mason's layup in the final minute gave the Lady Royals a 32-23 advantage at the break.
The Lady Royals extended the lead back to double digits in the early stages of the third quarter and Recupero's layup at the 4:26 mark made it a 44-31 game. Drew fought back and cut the lead to seven, but sophomore Danielle McCurdy (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) hit a pair of free throws to give the hosts a 48-39 lead after three. Monaghan buried a key three-pointer with 8:06 to play to give Scranton a 51-41 lead and Drew did not get closer than eight the rest of the way. The Rangers trailed 56-48 with 3:59 left before the Lady Royals answered with an 8-2 run and Sheehan's three in the final minute put the game out of reach.
Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad was 21-of-55 (38.2%) from the floor and 6-of-15 (40%) from deep to go along with a 72.7 clip (16-of-22) at the charity stripe. Drew shot 35.6% (21-of-59) from the field and was held to 2-of-16 shooting (12.5%) from beyond the arc.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will hit the road to battle Elizabethtown in a key Landmark Conference tilt on Saturday afternoon. Opening tip is set for 4 p.m.