Junior Kelly Martin paced the Skyhawks with 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists. (PHOTO BY Peter Buehner)
Martin paces Skyhawks with 18 points, eight rebounds
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (January 20, 2016) – Stonehill College put an end to its longest drought in 11 years with a huge 56-49 victory at Adelphi University, ranked fifth in this week's D2SIDA East Regional poll, in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball action at the Center for Recreation and Sport tonight.
Junior guard Kelly Martin (Scituate, Massachusetts/Scituate) paced Stonehill to its first win of 2016 with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting, including 4-for-9 from three-point range, while converting both free-throw attempts to go with a game-high matching eight rebounds and three assists. Senior Paige Marshall (Braintree, Massachusetts/Braintree) was the only other Skyhawks player in double figures with ten points on 5-of-9 shooting, four assists and three steals. Classmate Shannon Brown (Las Vegas, Nevada/Centennial) chipped in eight points, while freshman Maty Diabate (Holden, Massachusetts/Wachusett Regional) pulled down eight boards (four offensive) with six points.
Junior Sierra Clark (Hughesville, Maryland/Archbishop Spalding) led Adelphi with 16 points off the bench on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, with six rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal. Postgrad Ashley Gomez (Brooklyn, New York/Murry Bergtraum) added 12 points, connecting on 2-of-3 three-pointers, with eight rebounds, while senior Samantha Brenner (Nashua, New Hampshire/New Hampton Prep) registered ten points on 5-of-9 shooting with four rebounds and four blocked shots.
Senior Paige Marshall chipped in ten points, four assists and three steals. (PHOTO BY Barry Gutradt)
Stonehill shot 42.1-percent from the field (24-for-57) for the evening, including 46.4% (13-28) in the first half, connecting on just 4-of-17 (23.5%) three-pointers, but converting all four free-throws (all of which came in the final minute to seal the win.) The Skyhawks took advantage of 21 Adelphi turnovers, while committing only 15 themselves, while the Panthers held a 34-32 rebounding edge. Adelphi was limited to 41.5% (22-for-53) shooting from the floor, including 3-for-12 (25%) from beyond the arc, canning just 2-of-5 free-throws.
Stonehill led by six (37-31) after a layup from Diabate midway through the third quarter, however Adelphi scored the final seven points of frame to take the lead (38-37) into the fourth quarter after a Gomez three-pointer with 1:11 remaining. Clark made two free-throws to push the Panthers lead to three (40-37) two minutes into the final frame, but Martin halted a nearly eight minute scoring drought for Stonehill with a tying three with 7:33 remaining.
The teams traded baskets until Stonehill scored six straight over a two minute span to regain a six point cushion (50-44) after a Brown jumper with 3:34 on the clock. The Panthers ended a four and a half minute drought of their own with a triple by senior Lauren Nuss (Garden City, New York/Christ the King) to cut the gap to three (50-47) with 1:10 left. The Skyhawks wouldn't allow Adelphi any closer as Marshall answered the three with a basket at the other end before Martin and Brown both drilled a pair of free-throws to clinch the win.
Stonehill held a pair of seven point leads in the second quarter which proved to be the largest gap for either team on the night before settling for a five point halftime edge (28-23). The Skyhawks scored ten straight points to claim their first seven point cushion (26-19) after a basket from sophomore Kate Ross (Providence, Rhode Island/The Lincoln School) with 2:36 to play in the half.
Stonehill (9-9, 4-8 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday when it hosts American International College, ranked 18th in this week's D2SIDA Top 25 poll and receiving votes in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Division II poll, on its Alumnae Day at Merkert Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. Adelphi (13-6, 6-5 NE-10) visits Merrimack College on Saturday at 1 p.m.