Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Against Pride

Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Against Pride

Stevenson (13-8, 8-4 MAC Commonwealth) vs.
Widener (6-14, 3-8 MAC Commonwealth)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 4 pm
Owings Mills, Md. - Owings Mills Gymnasium

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  • Senior Sara Tarbert has won MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week six times this season, including in each of the past two weeks  She ranks sixth in the country in scoring, ninth in rebounding, and her 21 double-doubles are first nationally. She is also a two-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week selection.
  • Tarbert surpassed Cara Hill to become the program's all-time leading scorer January 5 at Messiah.  She now has 1,597 points in 74 career games, while Hill had 1,389 points in 108 games.  Including her one season at UMBC, Tarbert has 1,997 collegiate points and needs three points for 2,000 for her collegiate career.
  • Stevenson is No. 43 nationally in field goal percentage, shooting at a 42.8% clip.
  • Stevenson has made three straight postseason appearances.  The Mustangs played in the NCAA tournament in 2015, while in 2014 and 2016 competed in the ECAC DIII South tournament.  Stevenson captured the ECAC crown in 2016.
  • Stevenson defeated Widener 87-78 in December in a game in which senior Sara Tarbert scored a school-record 49 points.  The Mustangs have won four of the last five against the Pride.

SERIES HISTORY

•   Stevenson defeated Widener 87-78 earlier this season behind a program-record 49 points from Sara Tarbert.  The Mustangs have captured four of the last six meetings, but the two teams split the season series in 2015-16, with each team winning on its home floor.

SHOOT TO SCORE

•  Stevenson is 12-1 this season when it shoots a higher percentage from the floor than its opponent.  The Mustangs shot a program-record 59.3% (32-54) on January 21 at Arcadia, including 79.2% (19-24) over the final 20 minutes, and are 11-3 when they shoot better than 40% on the season.  Stevenson's 42.8% field goal percentage is No. 43 nationally.

CHASING RECORDS

•  Senior Sara Tarbert became Stevenson's all-time leading scorer on January 5 at Messiah, totaling 37 points to reach 1,398 for her career, surpassing Cara Hill for the program scoring record of 1,389 points.  Hill scored her 1,389 points in 108 career games, while Tarbert needed just 67 games to reach the record.  Counting her one season at UMBC, Tarbert has scored 1,997 points.  Tarbert's 880 career rebounds are second in program history.  Hill holds that mark as well with 903.  Should she reach the 2,000-point mark, Tarbert will become the 19th player in NCAA Division III history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, as she has 1,086 boards in her four-year career.

TARBERT RACKING UP THE ACCOLADES

• Senior Sara Tarbert, the reigning MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year, started racking up awards before the season began, being named a preseason All-American by D3hoops.com and Women's DIII News.  The awards have not slowed since the start of the season, as she has won MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week six times.  On December 6, she earned USBWA National Player of the Week and D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors, and was again named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week this Monday.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

•  Sara Tarbert has posted a double-double in each of this season's first 21 games and had one in last year's finale to give her a string of 22 straight double-doubles.  That streak is tied for the fourth-longest in NCAA Division III history.

AVOIDING OVERTIME

•  Stevenson has not gone to overtime in its last 116 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.  It 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.

HITTING TRIFECTAS

•  Stevenson had a season-high seven three-pointers January 7 against Lycoming.  The Mustangs had a season-high seven in four games last season, but have not had more since hitting eight in a win against Oneonta State on December 19, 2014. The Mustangs have also hit at least one three-pointer in 128 straight games.  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.).

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.