|Makenzie Mason||Emily Sheehan|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The No. 14 University of Scranton women's basketball team (18-3, 8-2 Landmark) outscored Catholic by a 40-20 margin in the second half and rallied for a 65-52 victory over the Cardinals (17-4, 8-2 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at the John Long Center in Scranton.
With the win, the Lady Royals pull into a tie for first place in the Landmark Conference with four regular season games remaining.
Catholic led 37-28 with 7:04 left in the third quarter before Scranton kicked off the rally and a three-pointer from senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) gave the Lady Royals the lead for good at 45-43 with 8:05 to play in the contest.
Mason had a game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead the Lady Royals, while fellow senior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) added 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) tallied nine points and a career-high five steals for the hosts.
Sheehan's 10 rebounds surpass her previous career-high of seven that had been set on three occasions, while Monaghan's five thefts surpassed her previous career-high of three.
Amanda Johnson had 17 points off the bench to pace Catholic and Sydney Poindexter added 11 points of her own.
Scranton got off to a strong start in this one and a layup from freshman Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) gave the hosts a 9-4 lead with 4:54 left in the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter and Quigley hit a pair of late free throws to take a 16-12 lead after one. Mason hit a layup to take a 20-14 lead at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter, but the Cardinals responded with an 18-5 run over the remainder of the quarter and took a 32-25 lead into the half.
Catholic held the afore-mentioned 37-28 lead with 7:04 left in the third before Mason hit a jumper to start the comeback for the Lady Royals. Senior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) connected on a layup at the buzzer to give Scranton their first lead of the half at 42-41 at the end of three. Poindexter opened the scoring in the fourth with a layup, but the hosts answered with an 8-0 run of their own capped by a Monaghan three-pointer to make it a 50-43 game with 6:01 to play. Sheehan hit a three to make it 55-47 at the 4:07 mark and Catholic was unable to get any closer than eight the rest of the way.
In fact, the Lady Royals held the Cardinals to just five field goals in the second half.
The Lady Royals shot 44.2% (23-of-52) from the floor and 35.3% (6-of-17) from beyond the arc to go along with a 72.2% mark (13-of-18) at the free throw line. Catholic shot 33.3% (16-of-48) from both the floor and three-point range where they went 5-of-15.
Catholic held a slight 34-32 edge in the rebounding battle and Sheehan's 10 rebounds for the Lady Royals were a game high.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team hosts Moravian in a Landmark Conference tilt on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.