GRANTHAM, Pa. - Messiah shot 51.7 percent from the floor, hitting 10 three-pointers and scoring 23 points off turnovers as the No. 7 Falcons remained unbeaten in Commonwealth Conference play with a 79-47 victory over the Stevenson women's basketball team Wednesday night at Brubaker Auditorium.
Sophomore Kyarra Harmon (Waldorf, Md./North Point) led the Mustangs (5-5, 2-5 MAC) in both scoring and rebounding with 11 points and five rebounds.
The Falcons, who won the first-ever meeting between the two schools, also held a 35-21 advantage in rebounds while going 10-for-19 from three-point range.
The game featured three ties, the last of which came at 6-6 with 13:48 remaining in the first half. Messiah used a 10-0 run over the next 1:52 to take a 10-point lead before Stevenson answered with a 6-0 spurt to cut the deficit to four, 16-12.
However, that would be as close as the Mustangs would get as the Falcons closed the half on a 20-9 run to take a 15-point halftime lead, 36-21.
Harmon scored 10 of the Mustangs' 21 first-half points, going 5-for-5 from the floor while adding three rebounds and two steals. Meanwhile, Messiah's five starters combined for 32 points, 11 steals, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
The Falcons led by as many as 34 in the second half while holding a 22-9 advantage in rebounds. Dori Gyori totaled nine points and five rebounds and finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs while Chelsea Danel had 12 points, eight assists and six steals.
Freshman Stephanie Martinez (Freehold Township, N.J./Freehold Township) had nine points and three rebounds while sophomore Pee-Jay Gunn (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) scored a season-high eight points.
Stevenson returns home to face Lycoming in a Commonwealth Conference contest Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m.