Mustangs Head to Messiah for MAC Commonwealth Semifinal Wednesday

Mustangs Head to Messiah for MAC Commonwealth Semifinal Wednesday

2017 MAC Commonwealth Women's Basketball Championship - Semifinals
Stevenson (17-8, 12-4 MAC Commonwealth) vs.
No. 24 Messiah (23-2, 14-2 MAC Commonwealth)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7 pm
Grantham, Pa. - Brubaker Auditorium (1,800)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Stevenson is making its fourth straight MAC Commonwealth tournament appearance.  The Mustangs are 3-2 all-time, winning the 2015 Commonwealth title.
  • Senior Sara Tarbert has won MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week eight times this season, including four of the past five weeks.  She ranks fifth in the country in scoring, seventh in rebounding, and her 25 double-doubles are first nationally. She is also a two-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week selection.
  • Tarbert surpassed Cara Hill to become the program's all-time leading scorer January 5 at Messiah.  She now has 1,686 points in 80 career games, while Hill had 1,389 points in 108 games.  Including her one season at UMBC, Tarbert has 2,086 collegiate points and is one of 19 players in Division III history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
  • Stevenson is No. 37 nationally in field goal percentage, shooting at a 43.0% clip.
  • Stevenson has made three straight postseason appearances.  The Mustangs played in the NCAA tournament in 2015, while in 2014 and 2016 competed in the ECAC DIII South tournament.  Stevenson captured the ECAC crown in 2016.
  • The Mustangs have won 11 of their last 13, with the only losses coming to Albright and Messiah.

SERIES HISTORY

•   Messiah won both meetings with Stevenson this season.  The Falcons posted a 69-68 win at Brubaker Auditorium in early January, then pulled away for a 52-39 win on February 1 at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Stevenson and Messiah met in last year's MAC Commonwealth semifinal as well, with the Falcons taking a 73-66 win.  Sara Tarbert totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Stephanie Martinez also had 20 points for Stevenson.  Gillian Glackin led Messiah with 30 points.

SHOOT TO SCORE

•  Stevenson is 16-1 this season when it shoots a higher percentage from the floor than its opponent.  The Mustangs shot a program-record 59.3% (32-54) on January 21 at Arcadia, including 79.2% (19-24) over the final 20 minutes, and are 15-3 when they shoot better than 40% on the season.  Stevenson's 43.0% field goal percentage is No. 37 nationally.

CHASING RECORDS

•  Senior Sara Tarbert became Stevenson's all-time leading scorer on January 5 at Messiah, totaling 37 points to reach 1,398 for her career, surpassing Cara Hill for the program scoring record of 1,389 points.  Hill scored her 1,389 points in 108 career games, while Tarbert needed just 67 games to reach the record.  Counting her one season at UMBC, Tarbert has scored 2,086 points.  Tarbert's 940 career rebounds are also a program record.  Hill held that mark as well with 903.  Tarbert became the 19th player in NCAA Division III history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, as she has 1,145 boards in her four-year career including UMBC.

TARBERT RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES

• Senior Sara Tarbert, the reigning MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year, started racking up awards before the season began, being named a preseason All-American by D3hoops.com and Women's DIII News.  The awards have not slowed since the start of the season, as she has won MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week eight times.  On December 6, she earned USBWA National Player of the Week and she twice has collected D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

•  Sara Tarbert has posted a double-double in each of this season's first 25 games and had one in last year's finale to give her a string of 26 straight double-doubles.  That streak is tied for the Division III record for consecutive double-doubles of 26, set by Christine Daniels of Norwich from November 15, 2010 to February 22, 2011.

AVOIDING OVERTIME

•  Stevenson has not gone to overtime in its last 120 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.  It last played an extra session game on January 12, 2013 when it lost to Lycoming 57-55 in OT at home.  The last overtime win for the Mustangs came on November 15, 2012 in the season opener against Keystone, a 66-58 triumph.

HITTING TRIFECTAS

•  Stevenson had a season-high seven three-pointers January 7 against Lycoming.  The Mustangs had a season-high seven in four games last season, but have not had more since hitting eight in a win against Oneonta State on December 19, 2014. The Mustangs have also hit at least one three-pointer in 132 straight games.  The last time Stevenson failed to record a triple came on February 18, 2012, when the Mustangs were 0-3 behind the arc against Marymount (Va.).

GETTING DEFENSIVE

•  Stevenson allowed a season-low 34 points last Tuesday against Alvernia in a 72-34 victory.  The Crusaders had 11 points through three quarters.  That is the fewest points allowed in a game by the Mustangs since a 72-34 win over NYU Poly on November 30, 2013.

SENIOR SALUTE

•  Seniors Sara Tarbert, Niavanni Grant and Kameron Ward were honored prior to last Tuesday's game.  The trio are all three-year members of the program and have totaled a record of 58-22 (.725)

GETTING SOCIAL 

•  Stevenson athletics can be found on Facebook by searching for "Stevenson University Mustang Athletics" or on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @GoMustangSports.  Stevenson women's basketball can be found on Twitter at @StevensonWBBall.

MUSTANG SPORTS NETWORK

•  All Stevenson women's basketball home games can be seen and heard on the Mustang Sports Network.  To watch, simply visit www.gomustangsports.tv, or visit the Stevenson University Athletics Roku channel.  To listen to the broadcast of any home game, simply visit sfmsports.net.