KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 6, 2015) – The USMMA women's basketball team dropped its first home Landmark Conference game of the season on Tuesday night, 64-52, to the Moravian Greyhounds at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The loss drops the Mariners to 2-8 (0-6 Landmark) on the season, while Moravian improves to 6-6 (2-2 Landmark).
For the second straight game, freshman Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) scored in double-figures as she matched senior Demi VanDerWal's (Springfield, Ill.) team-high of 16 points. Carmon also brought down a team-best nine rebounds and dished out four assists, while VanDerWal was not far behind with eight boards and matched Carmon with four helpers. Freshman Samantha Drake (Centereach, N.Y.) drained seven points off the bench and sophomore Julie Mall (Littlestown, Pa.) contributed six points and seven rebounds for USMMA.
Moravian Senior Alexis Wright led all players in the game with 19 points and junior Alesha Marcks registered a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 14 boards.
The first half started off slowly as the game was scoreless for the opening two-plus minutes before Moravian sophomore Morgan Calabrese nailed a three to put the visitors ahead. However, the Mariners started to pick up momentum and eventually built up a six points lead, 11-5, at 13:40 after a jumper by Carmon. The Greyhounds fought back to tie the score 13-13 at 8:51 and neither team would score again until Mall nailed two free throws at 4:19 to put USMMA ahead.
After Moravian tied the score up two more times, Merchant Marine would go on to pull ahead by three points, 20-17, with 39 seconds to go in the half after a good free throw by freshman Myckenzie Toler (Prunedale, Calif.) and two freebies by Sam Drake. The Mariners held on to the lead until a three-point buzzer beater by junior Emily MacDonnell put the Greyhounds ahead 22-21 heading into the halftime break.
In the second half, Moravian started to pull ahead, slowly building the advantage up until it hit double-digits at 12:32 when a jumper by Marcks made the score 42-31 in favor of the visitors. The Greyhounds' lead did not fall back below double-figures, as the Mariners came closest when they pulled within 10 points, 62-52, with just 1:08 remaining.
The Mariners return to action this Saturday, Jan. 10, when they host welcome in Landmark foe Susquehanna for a doubleheader with the men's team. The women are slated to begin at 2 p.m. at O'Hara Hall and the men's game will follow shortly after, at 4 p.m.