ANNVILLE, Pa. – Host Lebanon Valley halted Stevenson University's win streak at five as the Dutchmen downed the Mustangs 75-67 in MAC Commonwealth women's basketball Wednesday night at Sorrentino Gymnasium.
Lebanon Valley (11-8, 6-4 MAC Commonwealth) was led by Anne Lehr's 19 points, while Emily Mealey posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Stevenson (12-7, 6-4 MAC Commonwealth) received a team-high 12 points from senior Kristine Tennyson, who also grabbed eight rebounds. She scored in double figures for the third time in five games. Junior Jonyae Curry added 11 points and seven boards, while senior Imani Sanders, sophomore Hannah Crist and freshman Olivia Coleman finished with eight points apiece. Freshman Brandi Hall chipped in with seven points.
The Mustangs led by as many as 13 points in the opening quarter, but found themselves down 55-49 entering the start of the fourth. LVC pushed its lead to 10 in the opening minute of the fourth, but five straight points by Stevenson got the Dutchmen lead down to five, 61-56, with 6:13 left on a Tennyson basket.
Lebanon Valley again made it a 10-point game, 67-57, with 3:28 remaining on a Tamara Henson basket. Hall connected on a three-pointer at the 3:20 mark to pull within seven, and a Tennyson basket with 2:26 left made it a 68-62 game, but the guests got no closer.
Stevenson scored the first six points of the game and opened up a 22-9 lead with just under a minutes left in the first quarter on a basket by freshman Denia Campbell. Lebanon Valley used a 12-2 run capped by a Mealey baskey to pull within three, 24-21, with 5:18 left before halftime. LVC took its first lead four seconds before the break on a Mealey basket as the hosts ended the half on an 8-0 run to go into the locker room up 37-35.
The Mustangs forced three ties in the first six minutes of the third quarter, the last on a Coleman basket at the 4:17 mark that made it 46-46, but could not retake the lead. Lebanon Valley closed the third frame on a 9-3 run to build a 55-49 lead after three quarters.
Lebanon Valley shot 52% (26-50) for the game and was 5-10 behind the arc while Stevenson shot 46% overall and was 2-7 on three-point attempts. The Dutchmen took 14 more trips to the free throw line, going 18-26 while the Mustangs were 7-12. LVC outrebounded its guests 34-31, while Stevenson forced 17 Dutchmen turnovers and held a 21-13 lead in points off giveaways.
Stevenson returns to action Saturday when it hosts league-leading Albright in a 1:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.