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Late Run Sinks Mariners

The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's basketball team (10-15, 4-10) fell to Drew University (9-16, 5-9) by a score of 74-61 Saturday afternoon at Baldwin gymnasium in Madison, New Jersey. 

Freshman guard Demi Van Der Wal (pictured right) led the Mariners with 29 points; the most any Mariner has had in regulation this season.  This marks the third time in the last four contests Van Der Wal scored at least 18 points, and the 12th time this season she led the team in scoring.  Senior captain Alicen Heinrich ended her USMMA playing career tallying 26 minutes, six points, four rebounds, and one steal.   

The Rangers were led by senior guard Danielle Barber and senior forward Victoria Ault who both earned double-doubles.  Barber recorded a team high 21 points and 11 assists while Ault added 17 points and 13 rebounds.  Senior guard Katherine Luby and sophomore forward Logan Cavanaugh also scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. 

The match was tightly contested through the first five minutes of play with neither team leading by a margin greater than four.  With just over 14 minutes to play in the first half freshman forward Rebecca Resor nailed a jumper to give the Mariners their first lead of the game by a score of 10-9.  Four minutes later, Van Der Wal hit one of her game high five three pointers to give Kings Point a 23-16 lead; their largest of the game.

The Mariners held the lead for much of the remainder of the half until Cavanaugh gave the Rangers a 30-29 lead with just under two minutes left.  The bucket sparked a 10-2 run giving Drew a 38-31 advantage heading into the break.

Neither team could gain ground early in the second half until a Resor jump shot pulled the Mariners within two midway through the half.  However, Barber responded quickly for the Rangers with a three pointer sparking a 22-5 run ending the Mariner's hopes of a comeback.

USMMA finished with an overall record of 10-15 and a Landmark record of 4-10, placing fifth  in the conference.  This season marks a significant improvement over last year's 0-14, last place Landmark finish and their 7-18 2010-11 overall mark.    

Photo By Shawn Antonelli