Women's Basketball Battles Misericordia Friday Afternoon

Women's Basketball Battles Misericordia Friday Afternoon

ECAC Division III Women's Basketball Championship
Stevenson (18-9)vs.
Misericordia (19-8)
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 2 pm
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Skibo Gymnasium (1,500)



  • Stevenson is making its fourth straight postseason appearance, advancing to the ECAC South tournament in 2014 and 2016 and the NCAA tournament in 2015.  The Mustangs were the 2016 ECAC South champions.
  • Senior Sara Tarbertranks sixth nationally in scoring (22.7 ppg), fourth nationally in rebounding (13.9 rpg) and first in double-doubles with 27.  Her 28 straight double-doubles back to last season are an NCAA Division III record.
  • Stevenson is No. 45 nationally in field goal percentage, shooting at a 42.5% clip.
  • The Mustangs have won 12 of their last 15, with the only losses coming to Albright and Messiah.  Stevenson played a total of eight games against teams that qualified for the NCAAs, going 2-6.
  • Stevenson has not faced Misericordia since the 2000-01 season, back when then-Villa Julie fell 57-44 to the Cougars.


•   Stevenson and Misericordia have met just once.  The Cougars downed Villa Julie 57-44 during the 2000-01 season.


•   The Cougars are making their eighth ECAC appearance and first since 2008.  Misericordia fell 84-81 to DeSales in the MAC Freedom semifinals.  The Cougars, under first-year head coach Jason Rhine, are one year removed from a 7-18 mark.


•  Stevenson is 17-1 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 42.5% field goal percentage is No. 45 nationally.


•  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 2,123 points.  Tarbert's 980 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 1,185 boards in her four-year career including UMBC.


• 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.  Last week, Tarbert was named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year for the second straight season, the first player to repeat as that award's winner since Lebanon Valley's Andrea Hoover did so in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

     On Tuesday, Tarbert earned two more prestigious honors.  She was named a CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American, and was also named one of 10 finalists for the Josten's Trophy. 


•  Sara Tarbert has posted a double-double in each of this season's first 27 games and had one in last year's finale to give her a string of 28 straight double-doubles.  That streak is a new Division III record, surpassing the previous record of 26, set by Christine Daniels of Norwich from November 15, 2010 to February 22, 2011.
     Tarbert ranks fifth all-time in all three NCAA divisions for consecutive double-doubles.

1) Courtney Paris, Oklahoma (I), 112, 12/5/05-1/31/09

2) Kari Daugherty, Ashland (II), 34, 1/28/12-1/2/13

3) Artemis Spanou, Robert Morris (I), 33, 11/28/12-12/18/13

4) Jillian Alleyne, Oregon (I), 29, 1/11/15-1/4/16

5) Sara Tarbert, Stevenson (III), 28, 3/6/16-present


•  Senior Sara Tarbert and sophomore Jonyae Curry were honored as the MAC Commonwealth released its All-Conference teams last week.  Tarbert was named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year and a First Team selection, while Curry was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.


•  Stevenson has not gone to overtime in its last 122 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.


•  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 134 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.). 


•  Stevenson allowed a season-low 34 points February 14 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.


•  Seniors Sara Tarbert, Niavanni Grant and Kameron Ward were honored prior to February 14's Senior Night game against Alvernia.  The trio are all three-year members of the program and have totaled a record of 59-23 (.720) 


•  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.


•  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.