The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's basketball team defeated the Crusaders of Susquehanna University Friday night 72-64 at Liebertz gym in Kings Point, N.Y.
Relying heavily on sound fundamentals, the Mariners were able to outwork the Crusaders by dominating the boards, forcing timely turnovers, and consistently knocking down clutch free throws.
Junior guard Tamara Kaileh (pictured right), junior guard Roshenda Josephs, and freshman guard Demi Van Der Wal led the Mariners in points with 17, 15, and 13 respectively. Josephs relentless pressure forced a game high five steals, and senior captain Alicen Heinrich's team high nine rebounds helped the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy maintain possession and control flow of the game.
The Crusaders were led by freshman guard Eleni Dimou who scored 14 and freshman forward Jonaida Williams who nabbed eight boards.
As a team, the Mariners out rebounded the Crusaders 54-34 and shot 77.8% from the foul line compared to Susquehanna's 46.2%. It was the free throw shooting that made the difference down the stretch as the Mariner's failed to score a field goal in the final five minutes of the game. Their final nine points came from the charity strike propelling them to an eight point victory, the largest lead they would have all night.
With the win, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy improves to 7-10 overall and 3-5 in Landmark Conference play. They look to keep their winning streak alive as they face off against Landmark leader Juniata Saturday at 2:00 PM.