Women's Basketball Has Final Playoff Tuneup Tuesday

Women's Basketball Has Final Playoff Tuneup Tuesday

Stevenson (14-10, 8-7 MAC Commonwealth) vs.
Alvernia (4-19, 0-14 MAC Commonwealth)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6 pm
Reading, Pa. - McCloskey Court (1,500)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

STORY LINES

  • Seventh year head coach Jackie Boswell won her 100th career game at Stevenson with a 72-32 win against Alvernia on January 13.  She is 105-80 guiding the Mustangs and became the winningest coach in program history Saturday against Lycoming.
  • The Mustangs have a total of 11 freshmen on the roster.  First-year players are accounting for 45.4% of scoring and 42.1% of rebounding thus far.
  • Seven different players have led the Mustangs in scoring this season and Stevenson has eight players who have scored double figures in a game at least once this season.
  • The 31 points Stevenson allowed at Goucher on January 22 was its fewest since a 50-30 win against Trinity (D.C.) on February 12, 2011.  It also marked the second 40-plus point victory this season.
  • Stevenson has qualified for the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the fifth straight season, a string matched only by Lebanon Valley and Messiah.

SERIES HISTORY

•   Stevenson has won 10 straight against Alvernia and swept the season series in 2016-17.  The Mustangs posted a 60-41 win in Reading, then downed the then-Crusaders 72-34 in Owings Mills Gymnasium.  Earlier this season, Stevenson won 72-32 at home.

SHOOT TO SCORE

•  Stevenson was 17-1 this season when it shot a higher percentage from the floor than its opponent in 2016-17 and is 9-0 so far this season.

COMEBACK KIDS

•  Stevenson erased a seven-point deficit in the final 52.5 seconds to post a 53-52 win at Washington and Lee on December 3.  The Mustangs trailed 49-42 and outscored the Generals 11-3 down the stretch, capped by a 17-foot jumper by freshman Brandi Hall with 0.8 seconds remaining.

SOARING HIGHER

•  Junior Jonyae Curry has established a new career high in the scoring column three times recently. She scored a then career-high 20 points on December 9 against Arcadia, then in the next game at Marymount (Va.) bested that by one.  On January 8 at Stockton, Curry finished with a career-high 25 points and also grabbed a then-career best 10 rebounds.  Curry is also averaging 14.1 ppg over her last 12 games, 1.7 ppg over her season average.

TAKE IT AWAY

•  Stevenson is forcing 21.7 opponent turnovers per game, which leads the MAC Commonwealth and ranks No. 52 of 450 teams nationally.  At +4.8, the Mustangs rank second in the conference in turnover margin and No. 50 nationally.  Stevenson forced a season-high 34 turnovers January 20 against Arcadia and has forced at least 20 turnovers 15 times this season, including in nine of the last 13 games.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

•  The 31 points that Stevenson allowed January 22 at Goucher were the fewest since allowing 30 in a 50-30 win against Trinity (D.C.) on February 12, 2011.  The 45-point margin of victory was the largest since the Mustangs defeated Bard 71-17 on December 2, 2006.

AVOIDING OVERTIME

•  Stevenson had not gone to overtime in its last 135 games dating back to the 2012-13 season before it went to overtime January 6 at Lycoming.  Prior to that, the Mustangs 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.

     On February 3 at Widener, Stevenson and the Pride played to double overtime, an eventual 77-73 loss for the Mustangs.  It marked the program's first ever double-overtime game and the longest game in program history.

HITTING TRIFECTAS

•  The Mustangs had hit at least one three-pointer in 145 straight games until it did not hit one against Marymount on December 18.  Prior to that, 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.). 

YOUTH MOVEMENT

•  The Mustangs have 11 freshmen on their roster this season and a total of 16 underclassmen and just five juniors and seniors.  Four freshmen (Denia Campbell, Olivia Coleman, Brandi Hall, Morgan Jacobs) have led Stevenson in scoring at least once this season, while Coleman has one of three Mustang double-doubles to date this season.

SPECIAL SENIORS

•  Seniors Imani Sanders and Kristine Tennyson were honored prior to their last regular season home game on Saturday against Lycoming.  They are the program's winningest senior class, with 74 victories and a 74-34 record.  The Mustangs recorded 74 victories over a four-year span from 2013-17, however, all three of last season's seniors spent their freshman campaigns at other institutions.

CENTURY MARK

•  Stevenson head coach Jackie Boswell won her 100th career game on January 13 against Alvernia and owns a 105-80 record as head coach of the Mustangs.  Just the second head coach in program history, Boswell became the program's all-time winningest coach against Lycoming on February 10.  Chris Ramer had 104 wins from 1995-96 to 2010-11.

GETTING SOCIAL 

•  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.

MUSTANG SPORTS NETWORK

•  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.

JACKIE BOSWELL SHOW

•  The Jackie Boswell Show presented by Buffalo Wild Wings airs weekly midweek at GoMustangSports.com.  Coach Boswell discusses the prior week's competition and previews the week ahead.