KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Coming off their first Landmark victory of the season, the USMMA women's basketball team lost to conference opponent Drew, 63-54, on Wednesday night at O'Hara Hall. The defeat drops the Mariners to 3-16 overall (1-12 Landmark), while the Rangers improve to 11-10 (5-7 Landmark).
The Mariners were led by senior Demi VanDerWal (Springfield, Ill.), who drained 18 points and recorded four steals and three assists. Freshman Myckenzie Toler (Prunedale, Calif.) scored 11 points in her second career start and classmate Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) registered 10 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Samantha Drake (Centereach, N.Y.) contributed nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while also dishing out three assists.
Drew had three players score in double-figures, led by senior Breana Wilson, who notched 20 points. Sophomore Hannah Miller added 11 points and three assists and junior Courtney Stephens had 10 points along with a team-best eight rebounds.
The teams jostled for defensive position in the early going, forcing each other into tough shots and long, inefficient possessions. This style of play yielded low scoring results as the teams went a full five minutes – from 14 minutes to 9 minutes – without scoring. The score stood at 13-8 in favor of Merchant Marine with nine minutes to go in the first half.
The Mariners built up a 19-14 lead at 5:17 on a jumper by Drake, but the Rangers went on a tear, finishing the half on a 12-1 run to take a 26-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, Drew extended its lead to a game-best 12 points, 40-28, just under six minutes in. Over the last 3:32 of the first and first six minutes of the second, the Rangers had a 26-9 run that gave them a lot of momentum. USMMA responded, however, by cutting the deficit down to as little as two points, 46-44, at 5:31 after a 16-6 run, but the Rangers quickly built their lead back up to double-digits at 2:20, squashing any hopes of a comeback for the Mariners.
The Mariners will be right back in action on Friday night, Feb. 6, with a home game against non-conference opponent College of New Rochelle. Gametime is slated for 7 p.m. at O'Hara Hall.