OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Jonyae Curry led four Stevenson University players in double figures with 17 points as the Mustangs downed Stevens 72-61 in non-conference women's basketball Saturday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Stevenson (2-2) was led by Curry, who finished 9-11 at the free throw line and also registered five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Brandi Hall came off the bench to total 12 points, knocking down both of her three-point attempts, while senior Kristine Tennyson was 5-9 from the floor and tallied a career-best 11 points and six boards. Sophomore Hannah Crist went 3-5 behind the arc and added 10 points. Freshman Morgan Jacobs finished with nine points.
The Ducks (1-3) were paced by Megan Brown's 18 points, while Anna Toke recorded 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Stevens, which led just once at 2-0, got an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter down to five, 56-51, with 5:12 to go on a Brown layup. On its next possession, Stevenson got a three from Jacobs to kick off an 8-0 run capped by a pair of Curry free throws with 2:47 left that made it 64-51. The Ducks did cut the lead to eight twice in the final 1:21, but got no closer.
Stevenson led 36-31 at halftime and by seven a minute into the third quarter before Stevens slashed the lead to two, 38-36, at the 6:28 mark on a Megan Anderson basket. The Mustangs then scored the game's next eight points to take a 46-36 lead with just over four minutes to go in the frame on a Hall trifecta. A layup by Tennyson as time expired in the third gave the hosts a 50-41 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Mustangs used a 13-4 run to build a 17-8 lead following a three by Jacobs with 1:22 left in the first and held a 17-11 lead after one quarter. The Ducks cut the lead to three, 22-19, at the 6:13 mark of the second, before a 9-2 run capped by a Hall three made it 31-21 with 3:58 left before intermission. Stevenson took its largest first half lead, 36-25, 1:32 before halftime on a Crist three before the Ducks scored the final six points of the half to make it 36-31.
Stevenson knocked down eight of its 15 three point attempts and shot 41.8% from the floor, while also taking advantage of 12 more trips to the free throw line to go 18-26, while Stevens was 9-14 at the charity stripe. The Ducks shot 36.4% for the contest and 4-14 behind the arc, but outrebounded the Mustangs 42-37.
Stevenson is back in action Sunday afternoon when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan in a 2:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.