League-Leading Albright Pulls Away From Mustangs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Visiting Albright College shot 55.6% in the second half as it erased an eight-point deficit and defeated Stevenson University 76-61 in MAC Commonwealth women's basketball Saturday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The win was the eighth straight for the league-leading Lions (15-5, 10-1 MAC Commonwealth).

Stevenson (12-8, 6-5) received  20 points and seven rebounds from junior Jonyae Curry.  Freshmen Denia Campbell and Olivia Coleman scored nine points apiece off the bench, with Coleman grabbing eight rebounds.  Freshman Brandi Hall chipped in with eight points.

Devan Horka paced Albright with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Alysha Lofton and Nina Mazzarelli each scored 15, with Lofton grabbing 11 boards and dishing out 10 assists for a triple-double.  Jane Joyce posted 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Lions outscored Stevenson 17-2 over the first five minutes of the second half to turn a 35-27 halftime deficit into a 42-37 lead following a Horka basket.  Albright took its largest lead of the third, 52-42, following a conventional three-point play by Lofton with nine seconds remaining.  A layup by junior Armoni Duckett-Mooney with 1.2 seconds left cut the guests' lead to eight through three quarters.

An three by Hall to open the fourth cut Albright's lead to five, and Stevenson trailed 55-49 when the Lions used a 12-1 run to put the game away, going up 67-50 with 4:48 left on a conventional three-point play by Joyce.  The guests took their largest lead, 75-52, with 2:27 to go.

Albright held an 11-3 lead just over three minutes into the game before the Mustangs embarked on a 12-0 run capped by a Hall three-pointer at the 4:51 mark to put Stevenson up 15-12.   The Mustangs forced three Lion turnovers during the run.  Stevenson opened up a 20-13 lead with 1:19 to go in the first on a free throw by Coleman, and the hosts held a 20-17 advantage after one quarter.

A conventional three-point play by Mazzarelli 17 seconds into the second quarter tied things up before back-to-back baskets by Curry and Hall put Stevenson back on top 24-20 at the 8:48 mark of the period. The two teams traded baskets for much of the quarter, but a jumper by Campbell put the Mustangs ahead 35-27 at intermission.

Stevenson shot 42.9% in the opening 20 minutes but just 20.6% in the second half, while Albright was 19-34 in the second half after shooting 35.7% before halftime.  The Mustangs did turn Albright over 21 times, but the guests held a 28-21 lead in points off turnovers.

Stevenson is back in action Wednesday when it travels to No. 25 Messiah for a 6:00 MAC Commonwealth contest.