|Sofia Recupero||Emily Sheehan|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The No. 14 University of Scranton women's basketball team (19-3. 9-2 Landmark) outlasted Moravian and won their seventh straight with a 64-57 victory over the Greyhounds (13-9, 6-5 Landmark) on Wednesday night at the John Long Center in Scranton.
Scranton remains tied with Catholic atop the conference standings with three regular season games remaining. The Lady Royals were also ranked No. 3 in the initial NCAA Mid-Atlantic region rankings that were unveiled on Wednesday afternoon.
The game was a back-and-forth affair in which neither team led by more than eight points.
Senior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) led the Lady Royals with a season-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while classmate Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) had 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Fellow senior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Scranton and freshman Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) tallied 11 points.
Maddie Capuano paced the Greyhounds with 28 points in the loss and Nadine Ewald was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line en route to 16 points.
Capuano hit a jumper to tie things at 12 apiece at the 3:22 mark of the first quarter, but the Lady Royals answered with a 6-0 spurt and Sheehan's three in the final minute made it an 18-12 lead after one. Recupero's layup extended the lead to 22-14 with 7:28 left in the second quarter before Moravian battled back to take a 33-32 lead, but Monaghan notched a late steal and a layup at the buzzer to give the Lady Royals a 34-33 lead at halftime.
Scranton held the lead for the entire third quarter and Sheehan scored eight of her 17 points in the quarter including a jumper in the final minute that gave the hosts a 45-40 edge after three. Recupero's layup stretched the lead to 49-42 with 9:01 to play, but the Greyhounds scored the next five points to cut the lead back to two at 49-47. Capuano's jumper cut the lead to 53-50 with 6:11 to play before Sheehan buried a three and Monaghan hit a jumper of her own to stretch the lead back to eight with 5:06 remaining. Scranton locked down defensively late in the contest and held Moravian to just two field goals in the final five minutes. Mason's layup with 1:44 to play stretched the lead back to a two-possession game for good.
The Lady Royals shot 26-of-52 (50.0%) from the floor and 5-of-20 (25.0%) from deep, while Moravian was 20-of-60 (33.3%) from the field and 3-of-15 (20.0%) from three-point range. Scranton held a 38-31 edge in the rebounding battle led by the eight rebounds from Mason and five apiece from Monaghan, Recupero and senior Lily Warhaftig (Harlem, N.Y./Poly Prep).
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will look to extend their winning streak when they hit the road to battle Juniata on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.