Stephanie Martinez Scores Career-High 17 Points in 63-60 Loss at Salisbury
SALISBURY, Md. - For the second-straight game, Stevenson women's basketball freshman Stephanie Martinez (Freehold Township, N.J./Freehold Township) posted a career-high in points, scoring 17, including 15 on five three-pointers, but the Mustangs were edged in a non-conference contest at Salisbury Monday at Maggs Physical Activities Center, 63-60.
Stevenson (5-10) dropped its sixth-straight overall and its second consecutive against non-conference opponents after the team started the season 3-0.
The Mustangs also suffered their fourth-straight loss against their former Capital Athletic Conference rival in a rematch of last year's CAC Women's Basketball Championship first round contest in what was Stevenson's last game as a member of the CAC.
For Martinez, she has averaged 16.5 points over the team last two games while totaling eight of her 23 three-pointers this season. Her five three-pointers against Salisbury were the most by a Mustang since JaQuelia Conley had five in a 58-55 loss versus Gallaudet on Jan. 27, 2010.
Martinez scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half, including nine on three three-pointers as Stevenson tried to rally from a four-point halftime deficit.
Stevenson also trailed by four with 3:53 remaining in the second half before Martinez's fifth three-pointer of the game snapped a scoreless streak of 3:43 for both teams while pulling the Mustangs within one with 10 seconds left, 61-60.
Following a foul by senior Sam Murray (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's School For Girls) with five seconds to play, the Sea Gulls' Katie McGahagan hit both free throw attempts to put Salisbury back in front by three before Murray's attempt to tie at the buzzer was off the mark.
McGahagan totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Sea Gulls (10-7) while also adding four assists. In her last four meetings against Stevenson, she has averaged 11.0 points and 11.0 rebounds while posting two double doubles.
Stevenson won the turnover battle, but was outrebounded 42-27 and doubled up in points in the paint, 32-16.
The Mustangs took a quick 7-2 lead before Salisbury tied the game at 10-10 with 12:10 remaining in the first half. The game was also tied at 24-24 before the Sea Gulls' Anna Hackett scored four-straight points to put Salisbury in front by four, a margin they would hold at the half, 32-28.
Hackett finished with a game-high 24 points, scoring 12 in each half.
Hackett gave Salisbury its largest lead of the game at 36-28 just 1:06 into the second half, but Stevenson rallied to take a 51-50 lead on a jumper by freshman Ruth Casadevall (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Wallenpaupack) with 7:41 remaining.
The Mustangs held the lead until the 4:26 mark of the second half when the Sea Gulls' Courtney McManus hit a three-pointer to break a 56-56 tie and give Salisbury the lead for good, 59-56.
In addition to her 17 points, Martinez also had five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Kayla Kelly (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) had 10 points and five rebounds while sophomore Abbey DeFeo (Columbia, Md./River Hill) had a season-high seven points, three shy of her career-high.
Stevenson returns to Commonwealth Conference play on Wednesday when it travels to Frederick to face former CAC rival Hood beginning at 6:00 p.m., at BB&T Arena.