FREDERICK, Md. - It was a historic night for senior Sara Tarbert as she led the Stevenson women's basketball team to a 76-51 victory over MAC Commonwealth opponent, Hood, on Wednesday at BB&T Arena.
After totaling 22 points and 14 rebounds for her 23rd double-double of the season and 24th straight dating back to last season, Tarbert became the program's all-time leader in rebounds and is now tied for second all-time in NCAA Division III history for consecutive double-doubles. Tarbert now has 905 rebounds as she surpassed Cara Hill, who previously held the program record with 903.
Tarbert is now tied with Gallaudet's Rondo Jo Miller for the second longest double-double streak in Division III history. Miller recorded 24 double-doubles from November 22, 1996 to March 1, 1997. Tarbert also sits two more double-doubles away from the Division III record of 26.
Stevenson (15-8, 10-4 MAC Commonwealth) forced six turnovers in less than three minutes as it scored seven unanswered point to open the first quarter. During the stretch, four different Mustangs recorded a steal and three Mustangs registered a point, including four points from sophomore Jonyae Curry.
The Mustangs continued their defensive intensity as they forced four more turnovers and added on four more points to extend their lead.
Leading 11-0 just over halfway through the first quarter, junior Kaitlyn VanTash got a steal and finished the layup on the other end before Dajah Gee hit a jumper to open up scoring for the Blazers. Hood (6-16, 1-12 MAC Commonwealth) was able to knock down a pair of free throws and a layup, but scoring from three different Mustangs gave the guests a 19-6 lead at the end of the first.
Hood turned the ball over on its first two possessions of the second quarter while Stevenson scored on its first three, including a three pointer from freshman Hannah Crist, to extend its lead early. After senior Kameron Ward tacked on a pair of free throws to make it a 28-8 game just over two minutes into the period, both teams were scoreless for two and half minutes before Gee was able to finish a put back layup for Hood.
That was as close as the Blazers would get in the second quarter the Mustangs oustscored Hood 11-8 to close the half, including six points from senior Niavanni Grant. Stevenson held a 39-18 advantage at the break.
In the first half, the Mustangs shot 44.1 percent from the floor while holding the hosts to 33.3 percent. Stevenson totaled 24 points off of 18 turnovers, compared to four points off of five turnovers for Hood.
Each team totaled nine points through the first four and a half minutes of the second half as Stevenson maintained its 21-point lead. During the stretch, Tarbert led the Mustangs with six of the team's points.
With just over five minutes remaining in the third, Gee hit a layup that sparked an 8-0 run for the hosts, making it a 48-35 game with three minutes to play. Curry and Tarbert hit jumpers, but Hood matched Stevenson with five points of their own. Entering the final quarter, Stevenson led, 53-40.
The guests were strong in the fourth period as they allowed only 11 points and totaled eight different scorers as they stretched their lead to the buzzer for their second straight win.
Stevenson finished shooting 42.6 percent from the floor compared to 39.2 percent for Hood. The Mustangs totaled 32 points off of 27 turnovers while the Blazers totaled 10 points off of 13 turnovers. Stevenson also led 41-32 on the boards.
Grant finished with 12 points, joining Tarbert in double figures. Crist and VanTash each totaled nine points and combined for seven assists, while Curry added seven points and three assists.
The Mustangs return to action on Tuesday, February 14th when they host Alvernia on Senior Night beginning at 6:00 p.m.