OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson women's basketball team extended its win streak to five games after defeating Hood, 73-49 on Wednesday at Owings Mills Gymansium. This was the largest margin of victory for the Mustangs since beating Arcadia, 72-42 on December 10, 2016.
Stevenson (11-6, 6-2 MAC Commonwealth) forced two turnovers, including a 10-second violation as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, before Hood's Taylor McGaughey hit a three to make it a one point game just over two and a half minutes into play.
On the next two Mustang possessions, junior Imani Sanders and sophomore Jonyae Curry each connected with senior Sara Tarbert for layups that gave the Mustangs an 8-4 lead. The Blazers (6-11, 1-7 MAC Commonwealth) caught fire on another jumper from McGaughey as they hit their next three shots to take their first lead of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the period. The teams traded baskets and the lead, but a 5-0 run to close the period gave the guests a 19-16 at the end of the first.
Back-to-back buckets from junior Kaitlyn VanTash and freshman Hannah Crist gave Stevenson the lead just under three and a half minutes into the second quarter, but the Blazers scored nine unanswered points to take back and extend its lead to 32-24.
Tarbert hit a three pointer to make it a five point game, but the Blazers maintained control through the rest of the period as they led 36-31 at the break.
In the first half, Hood shot 48.3 percent from the floor compared to 45.2 percent for Stevenson. The Mustangs led 19-14 in rebounding, but the Blazers held an 8-5 advantage in forced turnovers.
Stevenson chipped away at its deficit and took a one point lead on an old fashioned three point play by Tarbert 2:30 into the second half. The teams traded baskets, but the Mustangs maintained control with four different players scoring, giving them a 46-42 advantage. Hood made it a one point game with 2:36 remaining in the period, but Stevenson scored eight straight to give the hosts a 54-45 lead at the end of the third. Tarbert led the Mustangs with 14 points in the quarter.
Stevenson picked up where they left off in the final period, holding Hood scoreless for over three and a half minutes as they went on an 8-0 run, including six points from Tarbert. Trailing 62-45, Hood hit two straight shots, but scoring from VanTash and Tarbert erased the Blazers' run. Hood would never get any closer as Stevenson defeated the Blazers for its fifth-straight victory.
The Mustangs finished shooting 43.7 percent from the floor, while Hood shot 31.6 percent. Stevenson held a 16-10 advantage in points off of turnovers and a 53-29 advantage on the boards.
Tarbert recorded her 17th straight double-double of the season as she totaled 33 points and 16 rebounds. This was Tarbert's 12th time this season with at least 20 points, and third time with at least 30. Joining Tarbert in double figures, VanTash totaled 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Curry added nine points.
The Mustangs return to action on Saturday, January 21 when they travel to Arcadia for a MAC Commonwealth matchup beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Stevenson junior Kaitlyn VanTash talks about the team's 5th straight victory and their mentality during this streak.