OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by a 26-0 run over a span of 9:42, the fourth-seeded Stevenson women's basketball team erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 68-54 victory over fifth-seeded Lycoming in the first round of the Commonwealth Conference Women's Basketball Championship Wednesday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
The win marks the first postseason win for the Mustangs (14-12) since the 2006-07 season. Meanwhile, the team's 14 wins rank third in school history behind the 2005-06 and 2006-07 teams who finished with 20 and 19 wins, respectively.
The Warriors (13-12) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first 3:25 and extended their lead to as many as 18 at 33-15 after starting the game 15-for-26 from the floor.
Ali Derr and Janelle Ziminski combined to shoot 8-for-12 for 20 points and 13 rebounds in the first half as Lycoming led 35-24. The Warriors shot 48.4 percent from the floor while the Mustangs shot just 28.0 percent.
Stevenson opened the second half on a 19-0 run sparked by three three-pointers by sophomore Stephanie Martinez to give the Mustangs 43-35 lead with 14:03 remaining. Martinez finished 4-for-9 from the three-point line.
A jumper by junior Kyarra Harmon with 5:03 remaining pushed Mustangs lead to 11 and they led by double digits the rest of the way.
Stevenson outscored Lycoming 44-19 in the second half and held a 46-30 rebounding advantage for the game. The Mustangs shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the second half compared to just 18.5 percent for the Warriors.
Martinez and Harmon combined for 29 points while junior Kayla Kelly scored a game-high 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Harmon also added nine rebounds while sophomore Caitlin Roy had eight.
Junior Ty Bender was the fourth Mustang to finish in double digits as she totaled 12 points, five assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block.
Lycoming was led by Ziminiski who had a team-high 14 points and Derr who had nine rebounds.
Stevenson advances to the semifinals of the Commonwealth Conference Women's Basketball Championship when it travels to face top-seeded Lebanon Valley beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs and Dutchmen split their two regular season games with each team winning at home.