Strong Second Half Propels Women’s Basketball To 65-51 Home Win Over Keystone

Strong Second Half Propels Women’s Basketball To 65-51 Home Win Over Keystone

Box Score 

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Dec. 14, 2019) – Four players scored in double-figures, including two with double-doubles, to lead the USMMA women's basketball team over visiting Keystone College, 65-51, on Saturday afternoon at the Liebertz Gymnasium. In victory, Mariners end the 2019 portion of their season with a 5-2 record, while the Giants fall to 5-3 with the loss. 

Senior Kaleigh D'Arcy (White Plains, N.Y.) led all players with 17 points as part of a double-double effort with 11 rebounds. D'Arcy also had a game-best three steals on the day. Sophomore Lauren Hunter (Tinley Park, Ill.) recorded her first double-double of the year with 13 points and a game-high 12 boards. Junior Kiana Vega (El Paso, Texas) chipped in with 15 points off the bench, while sophomore Julia Dahlke (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 to go along with seven rebounds and a game-best five assists. 

Senior Taylor Hightower (White Plains, Md.) contributed five points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while freshman Madison Demos (Downers Grove, Ill.) added four points and 11 boards. 

The Mariners made the most of both the Keystone turnovers, scoring 19 points on them, and their own second chance points, as they also had 19 points after grabbing offensive rebounds. 

The hosts stormed out to a seven-point lead early, 8-1, but the Giants answered with seven-straight to tie it up at 4:08 of the first. Merchant Marine went up by as many as five points twice in the opening quarter and was up by three, 17-14, at the end of the first 10 minutes. 

In the second, the Mariners got the lead back up to seven after scoring the first four points, and kept it a seven-point game midway through the frame. Once again, Keystone went on a 7-0 run to tie the score up at 23-23 at 3:35. Play was back-and-forth from that point and USMMA went into the locker room with a 30-27 advantage at the half. 

The Mariners came out strong to start the third, finally grabbing a double-digit lead, 41-31 at 4:39, after starting the half on an 11-4 run. The Giants were only able to come within eight points just shortly after, as Merchant Marine cruised to the victory after an impressive second half.

For Keystone, sophomores Mac Oribello and Bella Lamonea both scored a team-high 15 points each, while Lamonea brought down a team-best seven rebounds. The Giants held a 28-24 advantage in points in the paint. 

The Mariners are not back in action until the New Year. They will host Skyline Conference opponent St. Joseph's-L.I. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 202, beginning at 12-noon at the Liebertz Gymnasium. 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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