OWINGS MILLS, Md. - A three-pointer by Stevenson women's basketball freshman Stephanie Martinez (Freehold Township, N.J./Freehold Township) gave the Mustangs a two-point lead with 2:21 remaining as they posted a 69-66 Commonwealth Conference victory over Alvernia Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
With the win, Stevenson (7-10, 4-8 MAC) moved into sixth-place in the Commonwealth Conference, one game behind Lycoming for the fifth and final spot in the Commonwealth Conference Women's Basketball Championship.
The Mustangs led by as many as five in the second half, including 58-53 with 6:27 to play, but the Crusaders used an 8-2 run to take a 61-60 lead with 4:14 left on a lay-up by Stevie Fortna.
Alvernia (7-11, 4-8 MAC) maintained its one-point advantage on a lay-up by Kelsey Wolf with 3:49 remaining before Martinez hit her fourth three-pinter of the game to give Stevenson a 65-63 lead that it would not relinquish.
The Mustangs hit two of five three-pointers in the final 43 seconds, but limited the Crusaders opportunities to tie or take the lead thanks to two offensive rebounds by freshman Caitlin Roy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) that enabled the team to run out the clock.
Roy finished with a career-high eight rebounds for the second-straight game.
Meanwhile, Martinez finished with a team-high 15 points while adding four assists and three steals. Over the team's last four games, she has averaged 15.3 points, totaling 61 points, including 48 on 16 three-pointers.
Sophomore Kayla Kelly (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) just just missed her first career double double, totaling 13 points and nine rebounds, both career-highs. She was 5-of-6 from the floor while adding three assists and four steals.
Sophomore Kayleigh Guzek (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) had 10 points, five rebounds while senior Sam Murray (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had nine points and three rebounds. Sophomore Pee-Jay Gunn (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) also had a game-high four assists.
Fortna led the Crusaders with a game-high 22 points while Cheslea Ebersole had 13 and Kayla Long added 12. Mya Lobb had a team-high seven rebounds.
Stevenson hosts a crucial Commonwealth Conference contest against second-place Widener on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Pride won the first meeting between the two teams this season 63-38 on December 8.