KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 15, 2019) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's basketball bounced back from a tough loss this past weekend to defeat visiting Farmingdale State College, 53-40, in Skyline action on Tuesday evening at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The Mariners move to 12-1 (8-1 Skyline) with the win, while the Rams fall to 5-11 (5-6 Skyline).
Freshman Lauren Hunter (Tinley Park, Ill.) recorded her 11th double-double of the season, grabbing a game- and career-high 23 rebounds and leading the Mariners with 15 points. Junior Shelby Peters (El Dorado, Hills, Calif.) brought down 14 boards and added eight points, while classmate Kaleigh D'Arcy (White Plains, N.Y.) registered 13 points and tied for the team-high with four assists. That tied with freshman Julia Dahlke (San Diego, Calif.), who also contributed nine points on the night.
The Mariners controlled the boards 53-38 on the evening, including 27-14 in the first half.
After Farmingdale State jumped out to a 5-2 lead, USMMA used a 10-3 run to end the first quarter up 12-8. The Mariners built their lead to as large as eight, 18-10, on a jumper by junior Taylor Hightower (White Plains, Md.) at 7:56 of the second quarter. Hightower finished with six points. The Rams countered with an 8-0 run to tie it up at 18 on a three-pointer at 6:03. Merchant Marine outscored Farmingdale State 9-5 down the stretch to hold a 27-23 lead at halftime.
The Rams would trim the deficit down to one point twice early in the third, as a three-pointer at 9:19 made it 27-26, and another triple at 7:14 to cut it down to 29-28. The Mariners responded later in the frame with an 8-2 to end the third up 37-30. USMMA pulled away in fourth quarter, increasing the lead to as much as 15, 53-38 at 1:53 before taking it 53-40.
Sophomore Destiny Hurt dropped a game-high 20 points off the bench for the Rams. Junior Nia Miller chipped in with 11 points and sophomore Alexis Hunter corralled a team-best seven rebounds.
Up next, the Mariners will travel to Brooklyn this Saturday, Jan. 19, for a road Skyline game at St. Joseph's-Brooklyn beginning at 1 p.m. at the Bears' Hill Center. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Basketball Schedule Page.
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