Mustang Offense Explodes in 82-65 Win At Stockton

Mustang Offense Explodes in 82-65 Win At Stockton

GALLOWAY, N.J. – Visiting Stevenson University trailed just once, 2-0, and scored a season-high 82 points as it defeated Stockton University 82-65 in non-conference women's basketball Monday evening at The Sports Center.  The win snapped a three-game slide for the Mustangs.

Stevenson (8-6) was led by junior Jonyae Curry, who finished with career highs in points (25) and rebounds (10) en route to her first double-double of the season.  She also added four steals.  Freshman Brandi Hall was 7-13 from the floor and registered a season-best 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while sophomore Hannah Crist knocked down four three-pointers and added 17 points.  Senior Kristine Tennyson and freshman Morgan Jacobs added eight and seven points, respectively.

Stockton (7-7) was led by 19 points by senior Sasha Williams.

Williams gave the Ospreys a 2-0 lead 26 seconds into the game, but a 10-0 Stevenson run capped by a Hall layup at the 7:44 mark gave the Mustangs a 10-2 lead.  The guests led 18-15 with just under a minute left when a 7-0 spurt capped by a Curry basket gave the Mustangs a 25-15 lead after one frame.

Stevenson outscored Stockton 14-2 over the first four-plus minutes of the second quarter to open up a 22-point lead, 39-17, following back-to-back baskets by Curry.  Nine straight points by the Ospreys pulled them within 13 at the 3:07 mark, and by halftime, the hosts had whittled the lead down to eight, 43-35.

Stockton scored the first eight points of the second half to tie the game 43-43 with 7:46 left in the third following a Williams basket, but Crist knocked down a three on Stevenson's next possession to give the guests the lead for good and kick off a 7-0 run.  The Mustangs expanded the lead to 14, 65-51, at the end of the third after Crist scored six points in the final minute, and opened up a 20-point cushion, 71-51, with 7:23 left on a layup by senior Imani Sanders.

The Mustangs knocked down eight of their 16 three-point attempts in the contest and shot 45.2% overall.  Stockton shot 51% (26-51), but was just 2-12 behind the arc, and committed 29 turnovers compared to Stevenson's 14, leading to a 37-17 advantage in points off turnovers for the visitors.  It marked the most turnovers forced by the Mustangs since Salisbury committed 34 on November 24, 2015.  Stockton held a narrow 35-34 rebounding lead.

Stevenson returns to MAC Commonwealth action Saturday when it hosts Alvernia in a 3:00 contest at Owings Mills Gymnasium.