SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's basketball team (4-1, 4-1 Landmark) led for the final 32 plus minutes of the game and cruised to a 72-51 win over the Moravian Greyhounds (4-4, 2-4 Landmark) in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night at the John Long Center in Scranton.
Scranton currently sits atop the Landmark standings with three regular season games ahead of Catholic (6-2) and Drew (3-2) and would clinch the No. 1 seed with wins in the final three games.
The Lady Royals led 18-15 after one quarter on Wednesday and outscored Moravian 36-19 between the second and third quarters to break the game open.
Freshman Maddie Hartnett (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led four Scranton players in double figures with a season-high 12 points, while the trio of sophomore Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard), junior Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) and freshman Maddy Ryan (Malvern, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) added 11 points apiece. Making her first career start, sophomore Hannah Angelini (Baldwin Place, N.Y./Somers) tallied nine points and five rebounds for the Lady Royals.
The 11 points marked a season-high for Ryan and her seven rebounds matched her season-high that had been set on Sunday vs. Catholic.
Madison Amy paced Moravian with 13 points in the losing effort and Morgan Amy chipped in 10 points of her own.
The Greyhounds led 15-14 in the early going before Angelini hit consecutive layups to give the Lady Royals a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way. Scranton started the second quarter on a 15-5 run capped by a Monaghan jumper that made it a 33-20 game with 3:28 left in the quarter. Angelini extended the lead to 15 with a three-pointer and the hosts took a 38-28 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Royals opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run and Shurina buried a triple to open up a 46-28 advantage at the 5:15 mark of the quarter. Scranton led 54-34 at the end of three and the Greyhounds scored the first eight points of the fourth to cut the lead to 12, but were unable to get any closer as Ryan made a layup and Hartnett connected on her third three-pointer of the night to end the Moravian run. Monaghan's three with 3:22 to play gave the Lady Royals their largest lead of the game at 66-43.
Scranton shot 43.8% (28-of-64) from the floor and 29.6% (8-of-27) from beyond the arc, while connecting on 8-of-10 (80%) from the charity stripe. The hosts were also able to limit Moravian to 28.6% (14-of-49) shooting on the night and a 33.3% clip (5-of-15) from deep.
Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad held a commanding 48-25 advantage on the boards led by seven apiece from Ryan and sophomore Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr). Sophomore Sara Walsh (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) also added a career-high six rebounds on the night.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will battle Juniata in a home-and-home series this weekend with tip-off at the John Long Center set for 7 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's game at Juniata is slated to tip at 4 p.m.