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January 23, 2013

Mustangs Snap Six-Game Losing Streak With 52-42 Road Victory at Hood

FREDERICK, Md. - Stevenson women's basketball senior Sam Murray (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's School For Girls) totaled her second double double of the season and the sixth of her career with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 52-42 Commonwealth Conference road victory over Hood Wednesday at BB&T Arena.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Stevenson (6-10, 3-8 MAC) overall and a seven-game skid on the road dating back to a 64-46 loss at Alvernia on December 5. It also avenged a 67-53 defeat to the Blazers at Owings Mills Gymnasium on November 28.

The Mustangs have won eight of the last 12 meetings against the Blazers since the two became conference rivals as members of the Capital Athletic Conference during the 2007-08 season.

Murray's first double double this season came in a 73-55 victory versus Arcadia at home on December 1 when she had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Her 17 points, which tied a career-high, gave her 599 for her career, moving her past Delena DeShields for 10th on the school's all-time scoring list.

Murray and freshman Stephanie Martinez (Freehold Township, N.J./Freehold Township) combined for 17 of Stevenson's 27 first-half points as the team built an 11-point halftime lead. Martinez had 10 first-half points, including nine from three-point range where she was 3-for-6.

Meanwhile, playing just minutes from her hometown, freshman Caitlin Roy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) totaled six points and six rebounds in the opening half en route to eight points and eight rebounds, both career-highs.

The game was tied at 10-10 with 11:59 remaining in the first half before the Mustangs finished the half 17-6 run to take an 11-point halftime lead.

Stevenson held Hood to just 5-of-25 shooting in the half while forcing 12 turnovers.

The Blazers' only lead of the game came with 17:37 left in the opening half when Shakara Head hit the first of two free throw attempts to give Hood a 3-2 advantage. However, a three-pointer by Martinez just 37 seconds later gave the Mustangs a 5-3 lead that they would never relinquish.

Martinez finished with 13 points, totaling 12 on four three-pointers. She also added four steals as Stevenson led by as many as 14 in the second half.

Head had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers (4-14, 2-9 MAC) while Dyanna Prater had nine points to become the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 points.

The Mustangs host Alvernia at Owings Mills Gymnasium on Saturday. Tip-off is at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season on December 5, 64-46.

 

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