Women's Basketball Shoots Past Roberts Wesleyan to Finish Weekend Sweep, 69-50

Santoro netted a career-high 20 points to lead the Skyhawks past host Roberts Wesleyan (PHOTO BY Peter Buehner)

Santoro's career-high 20 leads Skyhawks to second straight win

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (November 9, 2019) – Stonehill College, ranked No. 5 in the D2SIDA East Region preseason poll and receiving votes in both national polls, completed a weekend sweep of the Redhawk Tip Off Classic in Western New York with a 69-50 victory over host Roberts Wesleyan College in non-conference women's basketball action inside the Voller Athletic Center tonight.

Sophomore Isabella Santoro led three from Stonehill in double-figures with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from three-point distance, while converting 2-of-3 free throws to go with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Erin Donlan added a season-high 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range off the bench, with three rebounds and three assists, while senior Gabrielle Reuter totaled ten points and five boards. Sophomore Sophie Glidden chipped in with a career and team-high 11 rebounds for the Skyhawks, dishing out three assists.

Senior Emily Miller led Roberts Wesleyan with a double-double effort of 12 points and 15 rebounds, dishing out two assists, while sophomore Dimitra Gkizani added ten points and seven boards. Postgrad Sara Nady rounded out the Redhawks in double-figures with ten points, four rebounds and two assists.

Glidden pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds for the Skyhawks tonight (PHOTO BY Peter Buehner)

Stonehill shot 56-percent from the floor (14-for-25) in the second half, including 6-of-9 (66.7%) from three-point distance to break open a five point game (31-26) at the half. Roberts led by four (14-10) after a layup from Gkizani with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, but the Skyhawks scored the final five points of the frame to grab the lead (15-14) after a three-pointer by senior Grace Carter to close out the quarter.

Stonehill quickly stretched its lead to six (21-15) after three-pointers from Santoro and Donlan just over two minutes into the second. Roberts trimmed the deficit to two (21-19) a minute later, but the Skyhawks answered with a 10-2 spurt to open a ten point lead (31-21) after a jumper from senior Kelsey Shaw with two minutes to go in the half.

Stonehill settled for the five point halftime cushion, but scored nine of the first 11 points in the second half to claim a 12-point lead (40-28) following another Carter three two and a half minutes in. The Skyhawks lead would not dip inside double figures the rest of the way, growing to 19 (53-34) after two Santoro free throws with 3:20 to play in the third. Stonehill's lead would extend to 24 (69-45) after a Shaw three-pointer in the fourth before finishing at the final 19-point margin.

Stonehill (2-0, 0-0 NE10) returns to action next weekend, when it heads to Long Island for a pair of games, starting Saturday at Molloy College at noon. The Skyhawks first home game is Saturday, November 23, when it hosts Saint Michael's College for a Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Merkert Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. Roberts Wesleyan (0-2, 0-0 ECC) hosts Concordia (N.Y.) College next Saturday as part of its second-straight season-opening tournament at home at 8 p.m.

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