Coleman, Curry Notch Double-Doubles at No. 9 Messiah

Coleman, Curry Notch Double-Doubles at No. 9 Messiah

GRANTHAM, Pa. - Ninth-ranked Messiah overcame an eight-point second quarter deficit to down Stevenson 61-50 in MAC Commonwealth women's basketball Wednesday night at Jordan Court for its 20th straight victory.

  • Stevenson (10-10, 5-6 MAC Commonwealth) owned an early 9-4 lead following a three by Hannah Crist 3:32 into the game.
  • The Mustangs held Messiah (20-1, 12-0 MAC Commonwealth) to just one field goal over the final seven minutes of the first quarter, and took an 11-7 lead after 10 minutes.

  • Baskets by Kellie Johnson and Olivia Coleman to open the second quarter extended Stevenson's lead to 15-7.
  • Messiah was held scoreless for the first 4:18 of the frame, with two free throws by Kristen Smoluk at 5:42 breaking the string.
  • A layup by Jonyae Curry at the 4:13 mark put the guests up 19-12.
  • Messiah closed the first half on a 14-0 run and took a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

  • The Mustangs scored the first four points of the second half to pull within four, 26-23, on a Brandi Hall layup 1:51 into the third.
  • Messiah used an 8-2 run to build a nine-point cushion, 34-25, at the 5:29 mark on a basket by Alecia Rohrer.
  • The Falcons, after leading by as many as 11, took a 39-29 lead into the final frame.

  • A basket by Curry 14 seconds into the fourth pulled Stevenson within eight.
  • The lead fluctuated between 10 and 12 until a basket by Curry with 3:44 to go got the Mustangs within nine, 52-43.
  • Coleman's layup with 2:13 to go pulled Stevenson within seven, 55-48.
  • Messiah scored the next four points to take a 59-48 lead, and led by at least nine the rest of the way.

  • Coleman led Stevenson with a season-high 14 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.  She also blocked four shots. It marked her third double-double of the season.
  • Curry had her fourth double-double of 2018-19 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  She added four steals.
  • Denia Campbell recorded 11 points, while Hall finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
  • The Mustangs shot 35.7% for the game and were 2-10 behind the arc.
  • Stevenson held Messiah to 31% shooting, its second-lowest field goal percentage of the season.  However, the Falcons took 20 more trips to the free throw line, going 23-32, while the Mustangs went 8-12.
  • The Mustangs committed 25 turnovers, with 16 coming in the first half, while Messiah had 12 giveaways.
  • The visitors held a 42-38 rebound advantage.
  • Stevenson saw a season-high four-game win streak snapped.

  • Stevenson travels to Lycoming on Saturday for a 1 pm MAC Commonwealth tip.
  • The Mustangs return to Owings Mills Gym on Wednesday, February 6 when they host Lebanon Valley in a 6 pm contest.