HOBOKEN, N.J. – Senior Bridget Monaghan (Florham Park, N.J./Morristown-Beard) became the 31st player to hit the 1,000 point mark and The No. 7 University of Scranton women's basketball team (11-0) broke the game open in the second half en route to an 80-47 victory over George Fox (4-6) in the opening round of the Stevens Holiday Tournament on Thursday night at Canavan Arena in Hoboken.
With the win, Scranton will battle No. 19 Tufts in the championship game tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as the Jumbos picked up a 62-49 win over host Stevens earlier in the day.
Monaghan's milestone point came on a pair of free throws with 2:45 to play as the Lady Royals led 77-47 at the time. The Florham Park, N.J., native finished the contest with 19 points and currently sits squarely at 1,000 points for her career.
The Lady Royals held a 37-27 lead at halftime before outscoring the Bruins by a staggering 43-20 margin over the final two quarters for an 11th straight win.
Scranton came storming out of the gate by scoring 13 of the first 15 points and a layup by freshman Kaci Kranson (Scranton, Pa./Holy Cross) made it 13-2 with 5:48 to play in the opening stanza. A Kranson three then extended the lead to 20-4 before George Fox closed the quarter on an 11-0 run to slice the lead to five. The Lady Royals held a 29-23 advantage with 5:31 left in the second quarter and later took a 37-27 lead into the locker room when junior Maddie Hartnett (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) hit a late three.
After George Fox cut the lead to 41-34 at the 6:26 mark of the third quarter, Monaghan buried a three of her own to ignite a 10-0 run and junior Maddy Ryan (Malvern, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) capped the run with a pair of free throws for a 51-34 edge. Ryan later added a three-point play in the waning seconds of the quarter that stretched the lead to 59-37. In the fourth quarter, the Bruins were unable to get any closer than 18 and Monaghan scored eight of her 19 points as Scranton rolled to the 80-47 victory.
Kranson led all scorers with 22 points and Ryan contributed a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Monaghan was the third Lady Royal in double figures with her 19 point effort.
For Ryan, her 21 points just eclipses her previous career-best of 20 that had been set in a win over Gwynedd Mercy on Nov. 12 of this season.
Erin Yoshitake paced George Fox with 15 points on the night.
Scranton shot 47.3% (26-of-55) from the floor, 38.9% (7-of-18) from deep and 77.8% (21-of-27) from the free throw line. On the other side, the Bruins were held to a 31.1% (19-of-61) clip from the field and 25.0% (6-of-24) from beyond the arc.
The duo of Monaghan and Ryan combined to lead the Lady Royals on the glass with seven rebounds apiece.