SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Sophomore Hannah Crist and freshman Denia Campbell each finished with 16 points as the Stevenson University women's basketball team downed Houghton College 60-53 in the second round of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Saturday afternoon.
For Crist, her 16 points were a career best as she knocked down four three-pointers and also finished with three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. Campbell, who followed up her 10-point effort in her Mustang debut Friday night, went 6-11 from the floor and also grabbed four rebounds.
Houghton (0-3) was led by Brittany Lenart's 11 points.
The two teams were deadlocked 8-8 after one quarter before Stevenson outscored the Highlanders 10-2 over the first four minutes of the second quarter, with a pair of Sanders free throws putting the Mustangs up 18-10. Houghton cut it to five, 22-17, with 2:02 left before halftime on a Leslie Moose layup, but a basket by sophomore Mariama Keita with just over a minute to go put Stevenson back up by seven. The Mustangs went into the locker room with a 24-17 lead.
Stevenson opened the second half on a 10-5 run to go up 12, 34-22, at the 6:30 mark after Crist made a pair of free throws. Houghton countered with nine unanswered points to pull within three, 34-31, with 2:49 to go in the third, but coming out of a timeout, Campbell made a three-pointer to double Stevenson's advantage. The Mustangs entered the fourth nursing a 41-35 lead.
Houghton pulled within one, 46-45, with 5:32 left on a basket by Olivia Cox, but 17 seconds later, a layup by Sanders made it a three-point game. Houghton cut the lead back to one on its next trip down the floor, but a three by freshman Brandi Hall made it 51-47.
The Highlanders would get back within two, 53-51, with just under three minutes left, but a Campbell conventional three-point play again made it a two-score game, 56-51, with 2:05 left. Lenart made two free throws to make it 56-53, and the Highlanders had two chances to pull within one or tie, but came up empty, and a Campbell basket with 20 seconds to go made it 58-53. A pair of Campbell free throws sealed the victory.
Stevenson held a 40-27 rebounding advantage and shot 33.3% while Houghton was 41.7% from the floor, but the Mustangs knocked down six three pointers to three for the Highlanders, and Stevenson was 12-15 at the free throw line, with Houghton 10-14.
Stevenson plays its home opener Tuesday night when it entertains Salisbury in a 7:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.