Sophomore Mary Louise Dixon made 10-of-12 free-throws on her way to a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
55-percent shooting and Dixon's 19 points lead Skyhawks to win
Sophomore Mary Louise Dixon (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) led four Stonehill players in double-figures with a game-high 19 points as she made 4-of-7 shots from the field, including 1-for-3 from three-point range, while converting 10-of-12 free-throw attempts to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Priscilla Dodoo (Worcester, Mass./Burncoat) added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Sophomore Asia Ewing (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) contributed 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots, while senior Tania Williams (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward-Melville) finished with ten points in 14 minutes off the bench.
Junior Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, Conn.) notched a double-double to lead Bridgeport as she totaled 16 points and a game-high ten rebounds (six offensive), two assists and a steal. Senior Julia Colley (Harlow, England) led the Purple Knights with 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while classmate Elinor Avney (Raanaana, Israel) posted 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field, four rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Asia Ewing filled the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Stonehill finished shooting 55.3-percent (21-for-38) from the field, including 12-for-20 (60%) in the second half, and converted 19-of-23 (82.6%) free-throw attempts. The Skyhawks posted a narrow 34-32 rebounding edge, but Bridgeport outscored the guests 13-2 in second chance points and held a 23-11 advantage for points off turnovers. The Purple Knights shot just 37.1% (26-70) from the field, including 32.5% (13-40) in the second half, and went to the line just seven times, converting three (42.9%).
Stonehill rallied from an early ten point deficit (23-13) with 7:51 left in the first half with 11 straight points to take the lead (24-23) after a three-pointer from Dodoo with 2:47 to play in the frame. After freshman Amy Pelletier (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) converted two free-throws with 1:41 left before halftime, Avney hit a three and freshman Casey Bray (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Academy) scored a jumper to put Bridgeport back in front by four (30-26) with 42-seconds on the clock.
Bridgeport held a two point (30-28) halftime lead and led by three points (37-34) after a three-point play by Carter two and a half minutes into the second half. Pelletier knotted the score with a three-pointer and Ewing sandwiched a three by Avney with a pair of buckets to put the Skyhawks in front for good (41-40) with 15:02 to play.
Stonehill opened a seven point (49-42) lead on a layup from Williams with 9:17 remaining. Bridgeport closed back within two (51-49) with a layup by senior Edna Marant (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 7:06 left, but Dodoo scored a layup and Dixon hit three straight at the line to regain a seven point cushion (58-51) with 3:24 remaining. The Purple Knights were able to close within a possession three times in the final 1:13, but the Skyhawks had the answer each time to close out the win.
Stonehill (6-5, 2-5 NE-10) is off for finals and the holidays until after the New Year when it returns to Northeast-10 Conference play to host the University of New Haven in Merkert Gym at 5:30 p.m. Bridgeport (1-8, 0-1 ECC) hosts Mercy College on Saturday at 1 p.m.