HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's basketball team (6-1, 6-1 Landmark) outscored Juniata (0-8, 0-8 Landmark) by a 33-21 margin in the second half to break the game open en route to a 60-42 win over the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym in Huntingdon.
Scranton led 27-21 at the half and took control of the game with the big second half to complete the sweep of the Eagles.
The Lady Royals had been scheduled to conclude the regular season on Monday night vs. Drew, but that game has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Rangers' program.
Scranton will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament and is slated to host a semifinal matchup on Thursday night as they begin the quest for the program's sixth straight conference championship. Check back to athletics.scranton.edu for further updates regarding this week's conference tournament.
Junior Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) registered her second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Lady Royals, while sophomore Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) added 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Sara Walsh (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) chipped in eight points off the bench for the visitors.
Averie Hess and Gracie Stauffer had 10 points apiece to lead the way offensively for Juniata.
The Eagles led 9-5 in the early stages, but Scranton scored six of the next seven points capped by a pair of free throws from freshman Maddie Hartnett (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) to take an 11-10 lead after one. Head coach Nick DiPillo's squad led 21-17 with 4:58 left in the first half and Shurina buried a three with just over a minute left in the half to give the Lady Royals a 27-21 lead at the break.
Shurina hit a trio of three-pointers on the night and has now made multiple three-point field goals in three consecutive games.
Juniata hit a three to open the scoring in the third quarter before sophomore Kyra Quigley (Drexel Hill, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr) hit a layup on the other end to kickstart a 12-2 run capped by a Shurina three-pointer to make it a 39-26 game with 1:28 left in the period. Shurina scored eight of the Lady Royals' 12 points during the run. Freshman Allie Lynch (Villanova, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) connected on a three-pointer in the final minute of the quarter to give Scranton a 42-28 advantage heading into the fourth. The Eagles were unable to get any closer than 12 the rest of the way and freshman Jenna Larrabee's (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) layup in the final minute of the contest stretched the lead to 20 points.
The Lady Royals shot 41.5% (22-of-53) from the field and 31.8% (7-of-22) from beyond the arc, while connecting on 9-of-12 (75.0%) from the charity stripe. Scranton played outstanding defense throughout the game by limiting Juniata to 23.4% shooting (15-of-64) from the floor and a 9.5% clip (2-of-21) from long range.
Scranton held a 44-40 edge in the rebounding battle led by Shurina's 10 boards and seven from Quigley.