Raymond posted season-highs of 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Barry Gutradt)
Raymond leads Skyhawks with season-highs of 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (January 29, 2019) – Stonehill College, ranked No. 7 in this week's D2SIDA East Region rankings, held off a late Pace University comeback effort to close out a three game road trip with a 64-59 victory in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball action at the Goldstein Fitness Center tonight.
Freshman Kayla Raymond filled the boxscore for Stonehill with season-highs of 23 points, including 15 in the second half, nine rebounds and five assists, along with a blocked shot, finishing 10-for-14 from the field, draining her lone three-point attempt. Sophomore Jennifer Worden was the only other Skyhawk in double-figures, scoring nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, finishing 9-for-13 from the free-throw line, with seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocked shots.
Sophomore Lauren Schetter led three Pace players in double-figures with 18 points, four rebounds and two steals, while junior Jackie DelliSanti added 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman Brianna Wong finished with ten points, six boards, five assists and four steals, while sophomore Naya Rivera pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Setters.
Stonehill grabbed an eight-point lead (14-6) after Raymond capped a 10-2 run with her lone three-point basket of the game with 1:17 remaining in the opening quarter. The Skyhawks carried a six-point lead (14-8) into the second quarter and regained their eight-point cushion (24-16) following a layup from junior Morgan O'Brien with 3:36 to go before halftime.
Worden scored nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. (PHOTO BY Bob Blanchard)
Stonehill carried a seven point lead (27-20) into the intermission and then opened the second half with another 10-2 run to extend its lead to 15 (37-22) after a Raymond layup 3:14 in. Raymond had six points in all during that stretch and the Skyhawks maintained a double-figure lead until Pace closed the third quarter with a 14-2 run to pull within two (45-43) heading to the fourth. Freshman Lauren Hackett sparked the run with a three-pointer and Schetter added four points.
Pace knotted the score (47-47) on a layup from DelliSanti less than two minutes into the fourth. After Raymond split two free-throw tries for Stonehill, Rivera pushed the Setters in front with a layup and then collected a steal that led to a Wong layup for a three-point lead (51-48) for the hosts with 7:08 to play.
Stonehill recovered and scored the next six points, the first five from Worden, including a three-point play, to take a three-point lead (54-51) with 5:32 remaining. The Skyhawks stretched their lead to five (57-52) with a Raymond layup with 4:14 to go, but Pace got layups from Schetter and DelliSanti to close back within a point (57-56) with 3:41 left.
Carter drained a three to push Stonehill back up by four, but DelliSanti followed with a three-point play with 1:39 remaining. However, Pace would not score again and the Skyhawks did enough at the free-throw line the rest of the way to seal the win.
Stonehill (14-5, 9-4 NE10) returns home on Saturday to host Adelphi University for their Alumnae Game, as part of Alumni Weekend at the College, at Merkert Gym at 1:30 p.m. Pace (8-13, 5-8 NE10) visits nationally-ranked Bentley University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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