OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Senior Kristine Tennyson scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Stevenson University downed Arcadia University 71-62 in MAC Commonwealth women's basketball Saturday afternoon at Owings Mills Gymnasium.
Tennyson had her second double-double in three games for Stevenson (11-6, 6-3 MAC Commonwealth), which won its fourth straight game. She finished 6-11 from the floor. Junior Jonyae Curry went 7-7 at the free throw line and totaled a team-high 17 points while recording nine steals, while sophomore Hannah Crist added nine points and five steals. Curry's nine steals are the most in a game since Ty Bender had nine against Messiah on January 7, 2015.
Arcadia (8-10, 3-6 MAC Commonwealth) saw Taylor Dunn lead four players in dpuble figures with 17 points.
Stevenson never trailed and led 28-24 at halftime before a 10-3 run to open the second half capped by a layup by Curry at the 4:36 mark increased the Mustang lead to 11, 38-27. A three by freshman Morgan Jacobs with 3:13 left in the third gave the hosts their largest lead to that point, 44-32, and Stevenson took a 49-38 lead into the final frame.
A layup by Tennyson with 6:21 to go pushed Stevenson's lead to 13, 53-40, but six straight points for the Knights brought them within seven, 53-46, at the 5:22 mark. Stevenson scored the next five points to go up by a dozen with 4:27 to go on a conventional three-point play by freshman Denia Campbell, and maintained at least an eight-point cushion the rest of the way.
Tennyson had a steal and layup at 4:57 of the opening quarter to put Stevenson up 14-6. The Mustangs held an 18-12 advantage after the first, but Arcadia pulled within three, 23-20, 3:38 before halftime on a Kylie Fischer basket. That was as close as the guests got as the Mustangs went into the locker room up 28-24.
Stevenson had 21 steals and forced 34 Arcadia turnovers, which it turned into a 16-11 lead in points off turnovers. The Mustangs shot 34.7%, including 5-14 from long range, and went 16-22 at the free throw line, while the Knights shot 36.7% overall and 15-24 at the free throw line. Arcadia held a 51-35 rebound advantage.
Stevenson steps out of conference play Monday to face Goucher in Towson in a 7:00 contest.